NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – Wednesday, April 3, 2013.

It’s NHL trade deadline day, but there’s plenty of non-trade related NHL news. Read on for the latest.


BUFFALO NEWS/PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: The Pittsburgh Penguins fifteen-game win streak is over, as they fell 4-1 to the Buffalo Sabres.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC/LOS ANGELES TIMES: Keith Yandle scored a key goal and Jason Labarbera made 39 saves as the Phoenix Coyotes downed the Los Angeles Kings 3-1. The Coyotes are 12th overall in the Western Conference, but the win puts them within two points of a playoff berth.

Joni Pitkanen writhes in pain after being injured in a touch-icing attempt.

Joni Pitkanen writhes in pain after being injured in a touch-icing attempt.

WASHINGTON POST/NEWSOBSERVER: Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen’s leg injury overshadowed his club’s 5-3 loss to the Washington Capitals. Pitkanen suffered the injury in a race with Washington’s Troy Brouwer attempting to touch the puck for an icing call.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Hurricanes have probably lost their best defenseman for the rest of the season, which could have a crippling effect on their playoff chances. When, oh when, will the NHL finally implement no-touch icing? Even a die-hard hockey traditionalist like Don Cherry advocates no-touch icing! Honestly, I sometimes believe the NHL is staffed by a group of gibbons.

THE TENNESSEAN/DENVER POST: David Legwand and Patric Hornqvist each had a goal and an assist as the Nashville Predators beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-1.

MIAMI HERALD/TAMPA TRIBUNE: Jacob Markstrom made 39 saves and Peter Mueller tallied the winner in a shootout as the Florida Panthers nipped the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2.

STAR-TRIBUNE.COM:  Matt Cullen won’t be traveling with the Minnesota Wild on their upcoming road trip, but it’s not of an impending trade. Cullen suffered a lower-body injury in Monday’s loss to the Blues and will miss the Wild’s next two games.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS: yesterday announced the re-signing of defenseman Jack Hillen to a two-year, $1.4 million contract extension.


  1. Get rid of touch icing!! It’s unreal that its still in the game causing injuries. Treat it like throwing the puck out of play. Automatic whistle. Big deal. Cut numerous wasted injuries out of the game.

  2. Lyle, I’m not disputing the fact that the NHL is fully staffed by gibbons (in fact, I wholeheartedly endorse the notion), but I believe it’s the players who are holding up the no-touch (or hybrid) icing rule. I love a good footrace, but not at the expense of injured players. Totally preventable and unnecessary.