NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 16, 2017
Latest on Claude Giroux, Valeri Nichushkin and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
CSNPHILLY.COM: NBC Sports hockey analyst and former NHL star Jeremy Roenick believes the reason Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux “doesn’t get success” is because ” he lets everything get into his mind and he looks for other things to blame it on.”
Roenick expressed admiration for Giroux’s skills and his high level of play, but feels the Flyers captain “must get back into the inside of the game, start attacking the game and not worrying about what the media or the fans are saying about Claude Giroux, period.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: To be fair, Giroux was hampered by injury last season. In recent years, he hasn’t had a strong supporting cast, as the goaltending and defense was suspect. Still, I think Roenick’s critique has some validity. Bear in mind Roenick wasn’t dumping on Giroux or making him the scapegoat for the Flyers’ woes last season. He’s hoping the 30-year-old center enjoys a bounce-back performance in 2017-18.
NBC SPORTS: Speaking of the Flyers, they re-signed goaltender Anthony Stolarz to a one-year, two-way contract.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Winger Valeri Nichushkin will play in Russia this season but hopes to return to the Dallas Stars in 2018-19. The 22-year-old signed a two-year contract with the KHL’s CSKA Moscow in 2016.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: The New Jersey Devils signed center Nico Hischier, the first-overall selection in the 2017 NHL Draft, to a three-year entry-level contract.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights signed left wing Brendan Leipsic and defenseman Griffin Reinhart to two-year deals.