NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 10, 2016
Updates on Alex Ovechkin, Shea Weber & more in this morning’s collection of notable NHL headlines
CSN MID-ATLANTIC: Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, along with a club spokesman, denied a report out of Russia claiming he suffered a lower-body injury and could miss the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. The Russian hockey federation also denied the report.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: New Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber met with the Montreal media yesterday for the first time. While admitting he was initially shocked by the June 29th trade that shipped him from the Nashville Predators to the Canadiens in exchange for P.K. Subban, Weber said he’s looking forward to the club’s home opener on Oct. 12. He also said he spoke with Habs goalie Carey Price about some tips for playing in Montreal’s hockey fishbowl.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Canadiens struggle while Subban thrives with the Predators, that fishbowl could get very uncomfortable for Weber.
THE PLAYERS TRIBUNE: A Q & A session with Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan on his Hall of Fame career and the direction of the rebuilding Leafs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My favorite part of this interview is when Shahanan tells the story of how Brett Hull told Sean Avery he was “not allowed” to chirp Joe Sakic.
STLTODAY.COM: The NHL yesterday officially announced the 2017 Winter Classic between the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium.
ARIZONA SPORTS: Despite several years of relocation rumors dogging the Arizona Coyotes, the club remains resilient while interest in youth hockey is growing in the state.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I was among many observers who thought the Coyotes were on their way out of Arizona. Thanks in part to the determination of league commissioner Gary Bettman, the franchise has survived and could be moving to a new arena in the Phoenix area in the near future. It’s also worth noting Auston Matthews, the top pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, was raised in Scottsdale, Arizona.
CSN BAY AREA: The San Jose Sharks yesterday unveiled their their new secondary logos.