Updates on Daniel Briere, Sidney Crosby, Gustav Nyquist, Josh Gorges and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
SPORTSNET: Forward Daniel Briere has announced his retirement after 18 NHL seasons spent with the Phoenix Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers, Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche. He finishes his career with 307 goals and 696 points in 973 career regular-season games. Briere also had 53 goals and 116 points in 123 career NHL playoff games, including 13 game winners.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Briere’s best seasons were with the Sabres, including a career-high 95 points in 2006-07. Like the recently-retired Martin St. Louis, Briere proved that an undersized player (5’9″, 174 pounds) could still be a star in the NHL. He also earned a reputation as a clutch playoff performer, as his 13 postseason game-winning goals can attest. He was a key part of an underdog Flyers club that marched to the 2010 Stanley Cup Final. While Briere never won a Stanley Cup, his playoff prowess will long be remembered.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Following the Pittsburgh Penguins’ recent roster changes (acquisitions of Phil Kessel, Nick Bonino, Eric Fehr and Matt Cullen), team captain Sidney Crosby is excited for the upcoming season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Crosby now has the superstar scorer that was lacking for years on his line. If Kessel meshes well with the Penguins captain, they could become one of the league’s most lethal offensive duos.
MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist hopes to improve his offensive production at even strength and on the road.
NBC SPORTS: Buffalo Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges has gone through six months of rehabbing an injured knee, but is happy with the progress that’s been made.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The rebuilding Sabres young blue line can only benefit from the experience and leadership of a healthy Gorges.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: An evaluation of the Star’s goalie tandem of Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: The Minnesota Wild signed their sole remaining free agent, inking forward Brett Bulmer to a one-year, two-way deal.