NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 18, 2016
Latest World Cup of Hockey news and more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines.
TSN: Puck- and player-tracking sensors will be part of several initiatives to be unveiled next month at the World Cup of Hockey. Marketing ad logos will also be on player jerseys in the tournament, but NHL commissioner Gary Bettman downplayed the suggestion this could be the next step for NHL jerseys.
SPORTSNET: It appears streamlined goalie equipment won’t be implemented for the World Cup of Hockey, and could be delayed in the NHL until 2017-18.
CSN BAY AREA: A source claims there’s a “99 percent chance” San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski will wear the “C” for Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey.
SPORTSNET/THE WASHINGTON POST: Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau and Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitri Orlov confirmed their intention to play in the World Cup of Hockey even if still unsigned with their NHL clubs. Gaudreau and Orlov are restricted free agents.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unsigned players can purchase additional insurance to cover them at the tournament if they wish. Gaudreau and Orlov have reportedly done so. Expect other unsigned players to follow suit if necessary.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman brushed off criticism by U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal over the league’s rejection of any connection between concussions and the brain disease CTE.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The NHL facing a class-action lawsuit from over 100 former players claiming injuries suffered during their playing careers contributed to their deteriorating health. Bettman won’t say anything that could potentially damage the league’s defense.
TSN: Performance Sports Group, which owns Bauer Hockey and Easton, is accused of fraud and stock market manipulation. NHL stars such as Alex Ovechkin, Patrick Kane and Steven Stamkos endorse Bauer products. Their agents are scrambling to find out more information about the allegations.
TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins signed center Matt Cullen to a one-year, $1 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This signing pushes the Penguins to over $3.1 million above the $73 million salary cap for next season. The Pens are expected to place sidelined winger Pascal Dupuis ($3.75 million) on LTIR to become cap compliant when the season opens in October.
CALGARY SUN: The Flames hired former Arizona Coyotes general manager Don Maloney as a pro scout.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The NHL’s Las Vegas expansion franchise hired former New Jersey Devils VP of Hockey Operations David Conte as a pro scout.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks hired Sudarshan Maharaj as their new goaltending coach.