NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 21, 2016
Updates on John Tavares, Cory Schneider and more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines.
NEWSDAY: New York Islanders captain John Tavares is still taking in his club’s offseason changes. Veterans Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin departed via free agency, replaced by Andrew Ladd, P-A Parenteau and Jason Chimera. Tavares is confident he and his teammates will adjust to the changes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to see how those offseason changes affect the Isles. Okposo was among their leading scorers, Nielsen their best two-way player and Martin their most physical forward. As captain, it’s up to Tavares to help their replacements fit in and feel welcome.
NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider is looking forward to playing for the United States in next month’s World Cup of Hockey. He expects the tournament will give him a boost when he returns to the Devils training camp and preseason.
NBC SPORTS: Adam Gretz believes there’s nothing wrong with the core of the Colorado Avalanche, which includes Matt Duchene, Gabe Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon and Tyson Barrie. He feels the real issue is the lack of depth among the supporting cast.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That was certainly part of the reason the Avs missed the playoffs over the last two seasons. Their lousy defensive and puck-possession stats also didn’t help. That could change under a new head coach. The Avs are currently interviewing candidates to replace bench boss Patrick Roy, who resigned earlier this month.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said defenseman Derrick Pouliot is working out very hard this summer and is expecting the young blueliner to make significant improvement in the upcoming season.