NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 14, 2016

by | Aug 14, 2016 | News, NHL | 11 comments

Henrik Zetterberg named Sweden's captain for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

Henrik Zetterberg named Sweden’s captain for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

 Latest on Henrik Zetterberg, ongoing fallout from Patrick Roy’s resignation & more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

MLIVE.COM:  Detroit Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg will be Sweden’s captain in next month’s World Cup of Hockey. He was also captain of Sweden’s men’s team in the 2014 Winter Olympics. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A back injury limited Zetterberg to only one game in the 2014 Olympics. The 35-year-old is healthier this time around and should play a more significant role for Sweden this time around. 

THE DENVER POST: Terry Frei suggests Patrick Roy’s recent resignation as coach and vice-president of hockey operations indicates how difficult it can be working for a friend. In this case, the friend being former Avs teammate turned general manager Joe Sakic. Frei believes Roy quit as the club’s head coach because he thought he’d been fired as VP of hockey ops. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Whatever the reason behind Roy’s decision, the overall belief of the pundits, bloggers and fans Is Roy quit because he wasn’t getting his way on player personnel decisions. There’s also a belief the Avs regressed under Roy’s coaching over the last two years, which is substantiated by the club’s poor defensive and puck-possession numbers

OTTAWA SUN:  Senators general manager Pierre Dorion believes he’s got a playoff team for 2016-17. Dorion would still like to add another defenseman and has yet to get restricted free agent blueliner Cody Ceci under contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  It could take some time for Dorion to add another blueliner. Ceci, who’s coming off an entry-level contract, should be re-signed in time for the start of training camp next month.

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: “Nighthawks” is still in play as a possible nickname for Las Vegas’ NHL expansion franchise. 


  1. At age 35 I would think Zetterberg should be focusing on the upcoming season that he gets paid for instead of a World Cup hockey tournament. I wonder how Ken Holland or Jim Benning will feel if Zetterberg or one of the Sedans get hurt playing in It? Season over before it starts. That being said, Hank is a great choice for the “C”.

    • Injuries happen anywhere they have earned the right to play

    • Don’t worry about the “Sedans” being injured, its more likely the “Coupes” get hurt.

    • An injured Sedan would have no bearing on the Canucks season. They are going nowhere with or without them.

  2. Nighthawk is still a badguy from the Avengers comic books and that plus their is already a Hawks team ruins that name for me.

  3. Vegas heat!

    • Do you watch basketball?

  4. Las Vegas Hitman

  5. hitmen*

  6. Las Vegas Aces
    Las Vegas Rattlesnakes
    Las Vegas Vipers
    Las Vegas Scorpions

    You know what, anything goes as long as the name ends in an ‘s’ (not Wild, Lightning type names) and isn’t using a name that already somewhat exists in the league (eg. Hawks).

    • Las Vegas “Nights”, not “Knights”, but “Nights”! Cuz it’s Las Vegas and the “Night” life is what it’s all about! Get it? That’s the BEST possible name! With an Ace of Spades as the logo. It’s a veiled reference to gambling which protects the image everybody is so concerned about.