NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – Wednesday, March 6, 2013.

Recaps of Tuesday’s games featuring American NHL clubs, and the latest on Marc Staal, Stephen Weiss, Roman Hamrlik, Zach Boychuk, and more.


CHICAGO SUN-TIMES/STARTRIBUNE.COM: The Chicago Blackhawks stretched their season-opening points streak to 23 games, downing the Minnesota Wild 5-3. Blackhawks star Marian Hossa was honored for playing in his 1, 000th NHL game, while Bryan Bickell scored twice for the Blackhawks.

Rangers defenseman Marc Staal struck in the eye by a puck during Tuesday's game against the Flyers

Rangers defenseman Marc Staal struck in the eye by a puck during Tuesday’s game against the Flyers

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/PHILLY.COM: The NY Rangers 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers was dampened when defenseman Marc Staal was struck in the right eye after a Kimmo Timonen point shot deflected the puck into Staal’s face. Rick Nash and Ryan Callahan each scored twice for the Rangers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As of this writing, there was no further word on Staal’s condition, though he wasn’t sent to the hospital following the game, which suggests the injury, though serious, didn’t cause damage to the eye itself. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES/STLTODAY.COM: Four unanswered third period goals by Mike Richards, Jake Muzzin, Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar rallied the Los Angeles Kings from a 4-2 deficit to down the struggling St. Louis Blues 6-4.

WASHINGTON POST/BOSTON GLOBE: Eric Fehr’s overtime goal lifted the Washington Capitals to a 4-3 overtime win over the Boston Bruins. The Capitals also placed little-used defenseman Roman Hamrlik on waivers.

DETROIT FREE PRESS/DENVER POST: The Detroit Red Wings got first period goals by Johan Franzen and Niklas Kronwall, then held off a late rally to edge the Colorado Avalanche 2-1.

TAMPA BAY TIMES/NORTHJERSEY.COM: The Tampa Bay Lighting snapped a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 win, which extended the New Jersey Devils skid to six-games.

FLORIDA PANTHERS yesterday announced center Stephen Weiss will undergo season-ending wrist surgery.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That puts an end to the trade rumors dogging Weiss this season, but it remains to be seen if he’ll re-sign with the Panthers or test this summer’s UFA market.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK:  The Nashville Predators yesterday claimed Zach Boychuk off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins. On Monday, they also claimed forward Bobby Butler from the New Jersey Devils.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Predators are desperate to bolster their forward depth, which explains their activity in the waiver market the last two days.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS yesterday announced the signing of UFA forward Tom Kostopoulos to a one-year, two-way deal worth $600K at the NHL level.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Steve Fehr, brother of NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr, has ruled out making a bid for the job when his brother finally steps down.


  1. Question: Can a Team buy out a contract of a player, but then re-sign the same player to a new contract?

    Example: Marian Gaborik is contracted to make $7.5m next season, but could the NYR buy him out of his contract and then resign him to a 1 year contract for $3.5m? This way the NYRs reduce his cap hit by $4m & Gaborik’s take home would be $8.5m instead of the $7.5m he was going to make?

    • ^ Great question

    • If a team buys out a player, they must wait exactly one calendar year from the date of the buyout to offer him a new contract.

      • Thanks

  2. I don’t see the Rangers buying out Gaborik any time soon. He’s kind of their number two forward in the scoring department. I think there’s a much higher chance of them ditching Tortorella first. His antics with the media are old and boring, his over-reliance on Brad Richards is frustrating and ridiculous, and he really doesn’t seem to have the room. Think Sather needs to accept that it’s Rick Nash and Ryan Callahan’s team to do with what they will, and maybe put a coach in place that has a defensive strategy other than “put yourself in a position to get hurt.”