NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 25, 2016

by | Aug 25, 2016 | News, NHL | 25 comments

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.

St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester replaces injured Chicago Blackhawks blueliner Duncan Keith on Team Canada.

St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester replaces injured Chicago Blackhawks blueliner Duncan Keith on Team Canada.

 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. 


  1. Maybe Montreal management see something in PK that others do? This snub vindicates Bergevin a little. Despite this I can’t help but wonder what the real issue is to be honest. I like watching PK play and like his personality. Is his personality too big for hockey?

    • Sigh. Talk about personality (except in rare circumstances like Sean Avery) is mere talk show pixie dust. PK plays a high risk game. Especially in a single knock out playoff format, that isn’t a style worth the risk.

      • Agree, it’s nothing to do with personality.

        I don’t necessarily agree with the reasoning behind taking less talented, although still very good, less risky players. But I do understand that line of thinking.

        It’s a risky move in itself taking a guy like Bouwmeester over Subban or Letang. If they don’t win, the staff will get roasted for not taking the most skilled players available like in 98 or 06.

        I get their plan, but I believe in living and dieing with your best players on the ice.

  2. Not that it matters but I don’t remember every seeing Hudler deployed as a C at any time in the NHL. I went & looked at his Faceoff draws & the most he’s very taken in his career in the NHL in anyone season was 70 once Every other season but 1; 46, is under 30 & his last season in Detroit he took 7.

    He can & has played either wing though.

  3. Still no Subban for team Canada in the World cup. Gee what are Armstrong, Bergevin, Blake, Bob Murray, Holland & Salmond thinking; Canada’s management team?

    • Yes it just makes you wonder what really is going on. Maybe you disagree Striker, but to me I don’t see anything wrong with Subban on or off the ice. But again I am not in the know like this group would be.

      • It seems odd. Other than his flamboyant personality I don’t see any serious flaws in his game. He’s certainly not a stellar 2 way guy like a Doughty or Keith but he’s certainly not a liability defensively & his ability to drive the play far off sets his periodic brain farts.

        Having Muzzin or Bouwmeester ahead of him seems weird. I get wanting to potentially pair Bouwmeester with Pietro & Burns with Vlasic they have been partners for years now but Muzzin wasn’t Doughty’s partner.

      • Ya Boumeester is an odd choice considering all the good remaining Canadian D left not just subban. Perhaps they just want the experience Boumeester has of being on the 2014 gold medal winning Olympic team.

  4. Subban being left off the Canadian team is more about his all around game. He is great on offence but his defense is below average and that is the reason for team Canada going with another player.Until he improves defensively he will not play much for team Canada.

  5. It’s ridiculous not your have Subbing on the team. The guy won a Norris!

    • It is a joke and I love Jay as a player but come on! PK is top 5 in his position and is an all world player, Jay is no longer that player so how can this even be a choice. You are telling me that with the D-man & team culture PK could not fit in and be a difference maker. Jeff “ridiculous” is the perfect word for this high school process, and I am not even a PK fan!

  6. I dont get the whole Letang thing. A top player on the champions he is not that bad of a player.

  7. Tell me what’s wrong with Letang that TC keeps on passing him by ?

    • I think he’s viewed in the same way as PK in that his style of play is too risky.

      Letang does take his risks but his game has rounded out very well in the past couple of seasons. Discipline is his only real flaw now.

      But like PK, the good far outweighs the bad with him and I believe he would shine with team Canada.

      Having said that, I’m a bit against this tournament anyway, so Letang resting up for my Pens is totally fine by me.

  8. Subban wasnt picked because the idiot Bergevin is on the selection committee.

    Canada chooses World Champion diver and whiner as captain, makes me want to puke. Should have been Toews.

    • Yes I didn’t realize Bergevin’s role with the World Cup team. Makes it seem even more strange.

    • Canada did the right thing and chose the best player in the world as captain. Towers is one of the best leaders in the league…that’s why they chose him as alternate.

      • *Toews

      • Toews

  9. still no love for Giordano. not even as a snub.

    • Would have liked to see Gio go

  10. I think as others have mentioned it’s the type of D that’s the issue more than PK personality if you look at the guys being passed over PK Letang Giordano Brodie Barrie… Lots of very good puck movers getting over looked and personally I look at the D corps of say a team Sweden and I am not sure Canada has the best team in this tournament, and if this was on a big ice surface with international refs I m not sure it’s even a top 2 team I think the D is slow

    • I agree

  11. Had a look at Sportsnet’s telecast schedule. As usual, great for those fans who follow/live in a particular Canadian city or province. Not so great for those of us fans who are not big followers of the seven team “Canadian NHL”!!

    • Get Centre Ice or Gamecentre.
      It’s worth every penny if you’re a fan of an American team.