NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 22, 2016

by | Aug 22, 2016 | News, NHL | 14 comments

Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk is looking forward to the upcoming season.

Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk looks forward to the upcoming season.

 Updates on James van Riemsdyk, Alexander Radulov and more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines.

NHL.COM: Toronto Maple Leafs winger James van Riemsdyk is putting a difficult 2015-16 campaign behind him. He’s looking forward to the upcoming season and participating in the World Cup of Hockey with Team USA. A foot injury limited van Riemsdyk to only 40 games last season. He scored 14 goals and 29 points. 

LA PRESSE: Right wing Alexander Radulov will meet today with the media in Brossard for the first time since being signed by the Montreal Canadiens on July 1. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Radulov is returning to the NHL after four seasons in the KHL. He’ll be among this season’s most closely watched players. His performance will determine how long this NHL comeback will be.

NBC SPORTS: Coach Randy Carlyle faces pressure in his second stint with the Anaheim Ducks. Carlyle guided the Ducks to their only Stanley Cup championship in 2007 and the club has struggled to return to those heights. 

SPORTSNET: Gare Joyce examines the first hires by George McPhee, general manager of Las Vegas’ NHL expansion franchise. 


  1. Good morning peeps..
    Alex Rad will either be a home run or a complete bust. I can’t see any middle ground in this senario. As a habs fan I’m hoping for the best but if they fail this yr again..hopefully this means the end of this Management team!

    • Radulov=Semin=bust=Bergevin should be fired.

      • Well both players have the potential to be very good. Semin maybe not as good as he once was be he’s got some skill. Hope it’s not a bust.

    • I’m not a habs fan and I’m hoping for the best for him. It seemed like he was progressing well with Nashville before his problems with them. He was fantastic in the KHL each of his 8 seasons so hopefully he can step right in and be good. At least they didn’t lock into a multi year deal.

  2. It will be interesting to see what Radulov can achieve after 4 years in the KHL. Montreal certainly had an interesting off season, but the biggest question for them still remains in goal with respect to Price’s ability to stay healthy. I am a Leaf fan but, for the good of hockey overall, I hope he stays healthy just to see how it affects a whole season for the Habs. A 9-0 start last year was certainly wasted.

    • If Price gets hurt or struggles the Habs are dead in the water and a lottery team. Any team with Patches, Gallgher and the Turtleneck as their top players is in trouble before the puck even drops.

      • I think our top players go like this..Price, Webber, Patchs, and then Gallchenyuk..Gallagher is a great piece..but he’s our 5th on the depth chart. Plex and Gallagher are not in our top 4

  3. Was signing Radulov not a better risk than chasing Vesey?

    • Neither is guaranteed to do anything, but Radulov will cost 5 times as much and has a troubled history, so Vesey is easily the better gamble. Montreal wasn’t given a shot at Vesey anyway.

  4. Yhing is with Radulov (same as Semin) even if it works out for 1 year well beyond expectations it will likely lees to an unreasonable contract with unsustainable results. These guys issues are not flukes it’s wildly different and erratic results and behaviour over the course of careers. Not like your typical roll the dice for a guy playing in your bottom 6 type gamble.

  5. A Healthy JVR can only help the Leafs moving forward.

    Just Announced: Leafs sign Enroth to a 1 year $750k deal..solid backup choice at an affordable price

    • That’s the problem with jvr if he is healthy

      • Ya same as Price right big bear both are pretty injury prone

    • JVR & Bozak for Bjugstad, Jokinen & a pick or prospect?