NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 14, 2016
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.