NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 17, 2016
Latest signings and more in today’s collection of notable NHL headlines.
SPORTSNET: Team Canada general manager Doug Armstrong said Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is 100 percent ready to go for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. Price missed most of last season to a knee injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s good news for Team Canada and especially for the Canadiens. The Habs tumbled from first overall in the league at the time of Price’s injury in November to fall out of playoff contention by season’s end.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators will retire Daniel Alfredsson’s No. 11 on Dec. 29 before their game with the Detroit Red Wings. Alfredsson netted 1,108 points in 1,1178 games with the Sens and was their captain from 1999 to 2013. He also played one season with the Red Wings in 2013-14 before retiring.
THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Coyotes announced the signing of right wing Radim Vrbata to a one-year contract. He’ll earn a base salary of $1 million plus performance bonuses that could push his pay to more than $3 million. This is Vrbata’s third go-around with the Coyotes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bringing back Vrbata give the Coyotes some additional experienced depth at right wing. It’s a reasonable contract for a 35-year-old forward on the downside of his career.
STLTODAY.COM: Blues defenseman Colton Parayko completed his degree in business administration.
THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche signed right wing Ben Smith to a one-year, two-way contract.
TSN: U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal condemned the NHL for “an ongoing indifference and disregard” for scientific evidence linking repeated brain injuries to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s doubtful Blumenthal’s comments, or his urging the league to conduct more independent research into head trauma and brain disease, will change league commissioner Gary Bettman’s ongoing denial of the link between concussions suffered by NHL players and CTE. Any acknowledgement by Bettman weakens the league’s defense in an ongoing lawsuit filed against the league by over 100 former players.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill is the Grand Marshall of the Michigan Pure 400 Sprint Cup race on Aug. 28.