NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 25, 2016
Latest World Cup of Hockey news, Stars sign Jiri Hudler, Coyotes hire NHL’s first female coach and more in this morning’s NHL headlines.
NHL.COM: Team Canada announced St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will replace Chicago Blackhawks blueliner Duncan Keith in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. Keith is giving his right knee, injured during last season, more time to heal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Canada’s management and coaching staff will point to Bouwmeester’s many years of international hockey experience to justify this move. However, they once again passed over Nashville Predators blueliner P.K. Subban. That’s raising some eyebrows, as Subban’s in the prime of his career while Bouwmeester’s performance declined over the last two years.
AZCENTRAL.COM: The Arizona Coyotes yesterday announced the hiring of Dawn Braid as their skating coach. She becomes the first full-time female coach in NHL history. “Braid worked part-time for the Coyotes last year and has served as a skating consultant with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Anaheim Ducks, Buffalo Sabres and Calgary Flames.” New York Islanders captain John Tavares is among the notable NHL players she’s worked with over the years.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Dallas Stars signed unrestricted free agent winger Jiri Hudler to a one-year, $2 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A good, affordable addition by the Stars. The 32-year-old Hudler is a versatile and experienced forward. He has two-way skills, can play all three forward positions and should provide additional depth to their forward lines. He could also provide a little insurance if young winger Valeri Nichushkin continues to struggle.
STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues are expected to announce today that they’ve named defenseman Alex Pietrangelo as their new team captain.
NBC SPORTS: Team Sweden announced Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm will replace Detroit Red Wings blueliner Niklas Kronwall. The Wings rearguard is still dealing with a troublesome knee injury.
MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo continues to make strides in his recovery from offseason hip surgery. He remains confident of being ready for the club’s season opener on Oct. 13.
TSN: In an interview on a number of topics, NHLPA director Donald Fehr doesn’t sound optimistic about the NHL avoiding another lockout. “The general sense I’ve had is that for a very long time now in all the salary-cap sports, every single one of them, there is a lockout in every single negotiation,” said Fehr. He also said he tells the players to hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fehr isn’t saying for certain there will be another lockout, but his comments won’t inspire much hope among NHL fans that another work stoppage can be avoided. In September 2019, the league and the PA can decide to opt out of the current agreement in September 2020. Otherwise, the agreement expires in September 2022.
CBC SPORTS: The NHL remains in a stalemate with the International Olympic Committee over its attendance at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the upcoming World Cup of Hockey proves to be popular with hockey fans and generates considerable revenue for the NHL, I believe they will forego any future Olympic participation.
MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Jurco underwent minor back surgery and will be sidelined for at least four-to-six weeks.
SPORTSNET: Unveiled its national and Hockey Night in Canada broadcast schedule of NHL games.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins single-game tickets go on sale Friday.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Buffalo Sabres are introducing a new tier system of ticket prices.