NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 15, 2016

by | Aug 15, 2016 | News, NHL | 8 comments

Taylor Hall sports his New Jersey Devils number.

Taylor Hall sports his New Jersey Devils number.

 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. 


  1. Taylor Hall will play yet another season without seeing any playoff action. Very unfortunate in this category so far. Very good player!

  2. Steven,
    The season hasn’t started yet, and already you are burying the NJD?
    There is still over a month to go before, the season even starts, and I’m sure Shero will make another move or 2 prior to the start of the season.
    Even so, for a team that was picked to compete for the #1 draft pick this past season,
    I think the NJD opened some eyes, and if not for injuries may have battled even longer for a playoff spot.
    Think a lot of people are going to be eating crow with this team this coming year.

    • I agree

      • Let’s throw this out there the Devils have 12 mill in space easily enough to pay a guy like Shattemkirk or Fowler an extension plus add even more…now if Shero could come up with a package for a D like that (and a D needing an extension isn’t going to cost that much) how much do you think the Devils improved with adding a guy like Hall and likely not losing much if they can replace Larsson with another decent D man? They had 3 less wins than Philly who made the playoffs

    • agreed

      • Hall could very easily wake some of that Jersey talent back up. Not to mention reuniting with Henrique who’s already come into his own with 30 goals last season without the help of Hall. I think they will be fun to watch

    • He’s doing a New York Rangers fan proud. Love it.

  3. They will miss the playoffs. Enough said.