Updates on Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel, Quebec City’s bid for an NHL franchise and more in your morning coffee headlines. 

Former opponents Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel will start this season as linemates with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Former opponents Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel will start this season as linemates with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

TRIBLIVE.COM: To the surprise of no one, Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel are expected to be on the same line when the Pittsburgh Penguins open their 2015-16 season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be surprising if the duo doesn’t mesh well together. If not, Kessel can also be put on Evgeni Malkin’s line. Either way, Kessel’s presence should provide a significant boost to the Penguins offense. 

SPORTSNET: Quebec City’s bid for an NHL expansion franchise is by no means a slam dunk. Market size, the value of the Canadian dollar, finding potential corporate sponsors and possible compensation for the Montreal Canadiens are potential issues that could work against it.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’d say the volatility of the Canadian dollar is the biggest issue. If it were still over .90 cents USD, it wouldn’t be a problem, but with the “loonie” now below .75 cents USD with no sign of its tumble ending anytime soon, this will be a genuine concern for the league. 

NJ.COM: Scott Gomez and Steve Bernier will have to look elsewhere to continue their NHL careers, as the New Jersey Devils won’t be giving them tryout opportunities.

THE DETROIT NEWS: Playing for a new head coach (Jeff Blashill) could give Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl the opportunity to get his NHL career back on track.

MIAMI HERALD: The Florida Panthers have started informal workouts in preparation for their upcoming training camp.

CSNNE.COM: Individual tickets for Boston Bruins home games go on sale September 4.

NHL.COM: Former NHL player Ron “Chico” Maki has passed away at the age of 76. He spent his entire NHL career (15 seasons) with the Chicago Blackhawks, winning a Stanley Cup in 1961 and played in three All-Star games.