Updates on Torey Krug and Alexander Semin, plus the latest on the Penguins, Devils, Lightning and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Bruins defenseman Torey Krug is confident he can step into a full-time role as a top-four blueliner. The trade of Dougie Hamilton to Calgary has left a gaping hole on the Bruins defense corps, providing Krug with an opportunity to fill that gap. He’s spent much of his career to date playing on the Bruins’ third-defense pairing and seeing duty on the power play.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens coach Michel Therrien discussed the club’s offseason moves, particularly the acquisition of talented, but enigmatic, winger Alexander Semin. He notes it’ll be a challenge for both men.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Therrien noted when Semin’s on top of his game he’s a dangerous offensive player. If Therrien can help the 31-year-old winger regain his form, it’ll provide a significant boost to the Canadiens’ offensive depth.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals backup goaltender Justin Peters recently underwent surgery on his left knee. He’s expected to recover in time for training camp in September.
NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils signed forward Pavel Zacha, selected sixth overall in the 2015 NHL Draft, to a three-year entry-level contract.
TSN.CA: The New York Islanders signed goaltender Kevin Poulin to a one-year, two-way contract.
TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins’ current owners will reportedly meet with prospective buyers later this week. No word as to who those potential new owners could be.
TVA SPORTS’ Renaud Lavoie reports the NHL coach association wants the Jack Adams Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL’s top coach, to be renamed the Scotty Bowman Trophy. They also recommend naming the league’s general manager of the year award in honor of Adams, who had great success as an NHL GM.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Don’t get your hopes up. Suggestions to rename other NHL awards (renaming the Hart Trophy in honor of Gordie Howe, the Art Ross Trophy after Wayne Gretzky, the Norris Trophy after Bobby Orr) has fallen on deaf ears at league headquarters. Yes, the Lester Pearson Award was renamed for Ted Lindsay, but that’s an NHLPA award given out by the players.
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: The Lightning have hired Brian Engblom to replace Bobby Taylor as their color analyst for their games on Sun Sports.
SUN-SENTINEL: Fox Sports Florida has fired Billy Lindsay as their color commentator after six seasons covering the Florida Panthers.
SPORTSNET: Jen Scrivens, wife of Edmonton Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens, signed with the New York Riveters of the National Women’s Hockey League. Scrivens is also a goalie, have played for Cornell University from 2006-2009.