NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 17, 2016

by | Aug 17, 2016 | News, NHL | 14 comments

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price is ready to play in the World Cup of Hockey.

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price is ready to play in the World Cup of Hockey.

 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. 


  1. The retirement of Alfie’s number was the LAST thing I speculated about when I saw the blurb about a “big announcement.” They needed to call a press conference for THAT?

    • It’s not exactly exciting times in Ottawa these days… Got to stay in the headlines somehow.

      • Then Dorion should get off his duff and actually sign one of those remaining UFA D-men like Quincey to play in the 5/6 pairing, perhaps as a “mentor” for Chabot if he shows well enough in camp, because I sure don’t want to see a 5/6 pairing of Borowiecki-Wideman!

    • Could have been worse, they could have hired Roy in some capacity. Tho it was kind of a let down as far as announcements go.

    • I love it. It gives me and my buddy more chances to pester all the Sens fans here in the office and remind them of the comments by fans back in 2013 when he jumped ship to the Wings (I love quietly playing the Team 1200 calls from the day after).

    • They got us George O. I also had no clue that was coming.

  2. I’ll go the other way with Carey Price and team Canada…there are a few good (maybe not as good as Carey granted) goalies available to a national team. After what happened to the Habs last year I m not so sure how great Id feel about letting him play in a made up tourney wouldnt it suck if while playing team North America or Europe (like they are a ligit country of origin in a team competition ) he goes down. No thanks I get that others there could get injured too it’s just that with him missing so much of last year and never really returning to the Habs I think I’d want him to sit this one out.

    • It’s likely that the Habs are viewing the WC as a “conditioning stint” for Price.

      After a season-long absence he’ll need to reacquire his timing, angles and positioning – The tournament will present him the opportunity to fine-tune his game within a competitive framework; clearing the rust, and transitioning him into the regular (NHL) season in sharper/game-ready form.

      It’s a measured risk they’re hoping won’t blow up in their faces…

    • I agree. I’m shocked by the move. You got to be some kinda stupid to allow this.

  3. You would think Carey Price would be focusing on getting ready for the NHL season, not some meaningless tournament. Afterall, Montreal is paying him a lot of money to play for them and after last seasons disaster he cant afford any setbacks or reinjury. I hope he has SPF50 sunscreen for his neck this season cause that bright red lights gonna be going off long hard and often. Habs best player is Price and Bergevin (2nd worst NHL GM) did little to improve the team. Still going to be led by Patches, little Brenden Gallagher and the Turtleneck, good luck with that. Poor Webers going to be longing for the Nashville days by Thanksgiving (Canadian TG).

    • Don’t forget they’ve also taken a chance on Radulov…Leading scorer of the KHL. More mature now. Might just work out.

  4. Best memories of alfreddson for me was when he wore a pink too-too in the Toronto sun. Might of been photoshopped abit but it suited him well. GUARANTEED

  5. Also price is a 100%? That means The Montreal Canadiens

    • Are east favorited again?