NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 24, 2016
Logan Couture replaces Jamie Benn on Team Canada, Senators re-sign Cody Ceci & more in this morning’s NHL headlines.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Still recovering from core muscle surgery, Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn won’t play for Team Canada in next month’s World Cup of Hockey. Benn will be replaced by San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Benn has played well in international competition, so his absence will be felt by Team Canada. Couture was the leading scorer of the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs. Like Benn, Couture’s a versatile two-way forward who can play center or wing, but he lacks the physical style of the Stars’ captain.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators yesterday re-signed defenseman Cody Ceci to a two-year, $5.6 million contract. The annual average value is $2.8 million. He will earn $2.25 million in 2016-17 and $3.35 million in 2017-18.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In his three NHL seasons, Ceci has steadily developed into a reliable top-four defenseman for the Senators. However, management wants a little more time to evaluate his play before making an expensive, long-term investment in him. It’s a fair deal for Ceci, who stands to make big bucks in two years time as a restricted free agent, when he’ll have arbitration rights.
THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche could soon have a new head coach. The club completed its interview process on Monday. As many as six candidates had formal interviews. “NHL assistant coaches Kevin Dineen of the Chicago Blackhawks and Bob Boughner of the San Jose Sharks are likely to have been among them.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Post reporter Mike Chambers took to Twitter yesterday saying the announcement of a new Avs bench boss could come this week, perhaps as early as today.
THE CHRONICLE HERALD: Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia natives Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche) are back working the drive-through at the local Tim Horton’s for another commercial. The duo starred in several popular Tim Horton’s commercials last summer.
VANCOUVER SUN: Former Canucks forward Raffi Torres could be facing retirement due to knee injuries, but he’s not ready to hang up his skates just yet. Torres is still searching for an NHL contract.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: With the NHL expanding to Las Vegas next year, the league has hired a watchdog to monitor for any suspicious gambling activity.
TWINCITIES.COM: “Let’s Go Crazy”, by the late musician and Minnesota nativePrince, is the new goal song for the MInnesota Wild.