NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 24, 2019
The latest on P.K. Subban, Cody Ceci, Rasmus Dahlin, Karl Alzner, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban and former U.S. Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn announced their engagement on Friday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to the happy couple.
TSN: Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Ceci and his partner Jamie Thompson filed a statement of defense Friday against an $8.6-million lawsuit filed by a woman who was injured during an incident at Ceci’s home last year. She suffered third-degree burns during an accident with a tabletop fireplace.
ASSOCIATED PRESS: Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin feels better prepared and is more driven to help his club become playoff contenders this season. A Calder Trophy finalist in 2018-19, Dahlin wasn’t happy with the Sabres’ second-half collapse. He’s hoping for a better result in his sophomore campaign. “I feel more prepared. I feel more mature,” said the 19-year-old blueliner.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A strong performance from Dahlin will be crucial to the Sabres’ postseason hopes in ’19-’20. Having gone through the rigors of his first NHL season, he now knows what to expect and how to adjust to a long schedule.
TVA SPORTS: Montreal Canadiens defenseman Karl Alzner hopes to avoid spending another season in the minors. He saw action in just nine games with the Habs in 2018-19. Alzner hasn’t requested a trade but that could change if he’s demoted again.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For most of Alzner’s NHL career he was a steady stay-at-home defenseman. However, the increased pace of the NHL game in recent years made it difficult for slower players like Alzner to contain fleet-footed opponents. Unless he’s somehow found a gear we never knew he had, he might not crack the Canadiens’ blueline this season.
SPORTSNET: The NHL’s Seattle expansion franchise could reveal their team name around this season’s All-Star Game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m partial to the Seattle Expansions or, as the Face Off Hockey Show’s Scotty Wazz suggested, the Seattle Your-Name-Here. 😉