Updates on Jack Eichel, Jamie Benn, Thomas Vanek, John Gibson, John Tortorella and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Dallas Stars received good news, as forwards Jamie Benn and Ales Hemsky (who both had offseason hip surgery) are expected to be ready for the club’s season opener against Pittsburgh on Oct. 8.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: After a miserable season beset by injuries and scoring difficulties, Minnesota Wild winger Thomas Vanek is looking forward to a bounce-back performance in 2015-16.
CBS SPORTS: Highly-touted rookie Jack Eichel scored a short-handed game-winning goal in the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 preseason win over the Minnesota Wild.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks re-signed goaltender John Gibson to a three-year contract extension. He’ll earn “$1.5 million in 2016-17, $2.1 million in 2017-18 and $3.3 million in 2018-19.”
NEW YORK POST: Center Oscar Lindberg is facing his third, and likely last, opportunity to crack the Rangers roster.
CSNNE.COM: Boston Bruins hopeful Seth Griffiths has been knocked out of training camp with a knee injury.
NHL.COM: Former NHL coach John Tortorella has been named head coach of Team USA at next year’s World Cup of Hockey.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is the only piece of World Cup of Hockey news that’s generated any buzz thus far.
THE DENVER POST: Former Detroit Red Wings player Kris Draper expects the Wings-Colorado Avalanche alumni game on Feb. 26 could be just as entertaining as the Wings-Avs Stadium Series game at Coors Field on Feb. 27.
TSN: CTE researchers have contacted the family of the late Todd Ewen in hopes of examining his brain. Ewen died over the weekend of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
CSN BAY AREA: Fighting in the NHL continues to decline as teams prefer their fourth-line tough guys to be more than just one-dimensional enforcers.