NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 15, 2016
Updates on Taylor Hall, Shawn Thornton and more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines.
NBC SPORTS: Taylor Hall pulled on a New Jersey Devils uniform for the first time since being acquired from the Edmonton Oilers on June 29th. Hall will be wearing No. 9, the same number former Devils left wing Zach Parise wore during his tenure in New Jersey..
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m expecting Hall will be very motivated this season to prove himself to his new club. He should provide the Devils, last season’s lowest-scoring club, with a much-need boost to their offense.
STLTODAY.COM: Entering his final season as an NHL coach, Ken Hitchcock is feeling reassured about his St. Louis Blues. He believes he has the depth to offset the departures via free agency of veteran forwards David Baackes and Troy Brouwer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Replacing Backes and Brouwer’s toughness and leadership won’t be easy, but the Blues do have depth in rising young talent that could could improve their speed and scoring.
CSNNE.COM: Florida Panthers enforcer Shawn Thornton may be dropping the gloves less than in the past, but he’s filling a role as a tough energy forward and leader.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Center Anton Lander could be more valuable to the Oilers on their farm team this season.