NHL Postseason Morning Coffee Headlines – June 17, 2013.

Updates on the Bruins and Blackhawks, plus the latest on Alexander Ovechkin, Alain Vigneault, the Stars coaching search and the Coyotes possible move to Seattle.

Tuukka Rask is drawing comparisons to Tim Thomas.

Tuukka Rask is drawing comparisons to Tim Thomas.

BOSTON GLOBE: The performance of Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask is drawing favorable comparison to former Bruin Tim Thomas.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think Rask has to be on the short list for this spring’s Conn Smythe Trophy.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Viktor Stalberg might replace Brandon Bollig for Game Three.

WASHINGTON POST: Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin said he’s recovering well from a hairline fracture in his left foot suffered in the Capitals playoff series against the NY Rangers. Ovechkin took a Ryan McDonagh shot in Game Six of the Rangers-Capitals series.

SPORTSNET: Chris Johnston believes the NHL did a disservice to this year’s award winners by scheduling the presentations over two days during the Stanley Cup Final.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I agree. Though I understand the scheduling problems the NHL had this year because of the shortened season, I believe they should’ve staged a full presentation on an evening prior to the Stanley Cup Final. It didn’t have to be a glitzy show as in past years, but something which would’ve been better than dragging it over two days during the Stanley Cup Final.

NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports Alain Vigneault could be officially announced as the Rangers new head coach today, but the introductory press conference won’t take place until Thursday.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika reports Stars GM Jim Nill continues his coaching search after Alain Vigneault opted to sign with the NY Rangers. Heika guesses former Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff could jump to the top of the list.

TORONTO SUN: The Phoenix Coyotes could relocate this summer to Seattle if an arena deal with Glendale falls through.

KING5.COM: Seattle mayor Mike McGinn acknowledged he’s held talks recently with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman regarding moving an NHL team to the Key Arena.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I confess to being surprised, not about a possible relocation of the Coyotes, but the destination. I thought Quebec City would be the logical choice, given their deep-pocketed potential owner, the construction of a new arena, and the city’s history with the NHL. If the Coyotes are moved to Seattle, that should hasten construction of a new arena.


  1. Move it to another city that is likely to fail? The only logical reason to move to Seattle over Quebec City is it wouldn’t change conference alignments or if the NHL planned to do an expansion which they could collect the fee from Quebec in order to make it happen.

    • Why is it Seattle has been doomed to failure? Is it because they’re not a typical hockey market? They said the same about Florida, but they went to a cup final early in their existence. Dallas, Anaheim and Tampa Bay won a cup. Not exactly typical hockey markets. And San Jose’s been a perennial playoff team this side of 2000.

      On the other side, we have Columbus. Typically they miss the playoffs, but the one year they made it they forgot to show up and Detroit dealt with them. Why is this team not considered a bigger failure than any of the above teams?

      The Islanders have a storied history, but their arena deal sucks. They’re moving across town because of it. Are they also failures? The Devils have no money but they have three Stanley Cups since the mid 90’s. Do either of these conditions mean they’re failing? Not particularly.

      Just because it’s Seattle doesn’t mean the team is doomed to failure. The Coyotes have been pretty good since Don Maloney took over upstairs. There’s no reason to believe the team won’t continue to draft well and ice a competitive team. With stable ownership, they just might be a solid club in Seattle.

      Why not give it a chance?

      • If they build an arena in Seattle the NHL will do well there despite people thinking Washington state isn’t a hockey market the Spokane cheifs are quite successful drawing over 6000 a game same as Portland another WHL team in the area that has had great success Washington state while not the typical Canadian or northern US market has hockey tradition and will definitely have rivalry with the Canucks…all things that will make it if not a very successful franchise at the very least a very sustainable one…all the things some of these ill thought out markets like Phx. Don’t have going for them the Seattle franchise will have especially after they build an arena with a decent lease deal.

      • Success is measured financially. Florida, Tampa Bay, Columbus and Phoenix would have to be considered financial failures.

  2. They would absolutely go to Seattle before Quebec because of the alignment issues. They really need all the western teams to stay in the west.
    Also, if the potential Quebec owner has such deep pockets, he will be able to pay a hefty expansion fee, as opposed to gaining a team by relocation.