NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 14, 2019
The latest on Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Robin Lehner, Brendan Lemieux, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NBC SPORTS: San Jose Sharks icons Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau were photographed Monday with retired defenseman Christian Ehrhoff at the Sharks practice facility. The unrestricted free agents are working out in hopes of returning for another NHL season.
Marleau recently moved his family back to the Bay area while the Sharks are giving Thornton all the time he needs to decide on returning. With over $4.7 million in salary-cap space, the Sharks have sufficient room to sign both players.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s assumed Thornton will be back for another season with the Sharks. Marleau would love to return but it’s not a certainty. The Toronto Sun’s Steve Simmons recently claimed the Sharks don’t want him back.
SPORTING NEWS: Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Robin Lehner unveiled his new mask advocating for mental health with the hashtag #SameHere. Lehner has been outspoken about his struggles with bipolar disorder and alcohol abuse in the past.
FOREVER BLUESHIRTS: Former NHL player turned agent Claude Lemieux provided an update on contract talks between his son, Brendan, and the New York Rangers. “I have had a few conversations with the Rangers management team but I can’t say that we are close to signing a new contract.”
Brendan is a restricted free agent who received a qualifying offer from the Blueshirts weeks ago.
THE DENVER POST: Hall-of-Famer Michel Goulet believes former NHL star Pierre Turgeon belongs in the Hall. Turgeon sits 32nd on the all-time points list (1,327), the most of any eligible player not inducted in the Hall. “Pierre was the best player on his team for 12 to 14 straight years,” Goulet said. “That’s elite.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Turgeon spent much of his career overshadowed by many great players. He’ll likely get inducted one day but could face a long wait. If more Hall of Famers like Goulet speaks up on Turgeon’s behalf it could hasten the process.
THE HOCKEY NEWS: Former NHL defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron is now involved in NASCAR and baseball in his hometown of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes hired Jason Muzzatti as their new goaltending coach.
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