NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 27, 2016
Updates on Braden Holtby, Alexander Steen, Robin Lehner & more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines.
CSN MID-ATLANTIC: Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby believes the international experience of Team Canada teammate Carey Price could give him the edge to become the club’s starter.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Price backstopped Canada to gold in the 2007 World Juniors and the 2014 Winter Olympics. Holtby and fellow Team Canada goalie Corey Crawford have no international experience. If Price has fully recovered from his knee injury and back to the form that won him the Hart, Lindsay and Vezina Trophies in 2015, he could indeed be Canada’s starter in this tournament. That experience, however, is no certainty Price will be the starter. Holtby and Crawford are also elite goaltenders and should give Price a good battle for the job.
TSN: Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jhonas Enroth will replace Buffalo Sabres netminder Robin Lehner on Team Sweden. Lehner is still recovering from an ankle injury suffered last season. Sabres GM Tim Murray remains optimistic Lehner will be ready for Sabres training camp next month.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If I were a Sabres fan, I’d be concerned about this latest report. Lehner has a lengthy injury history. That he’s not fully recovered yet from last season’s ankle injury doesn’t bode well for the upcoming season.
STLTODAY.COM: Left wing Alexander Steen (shoulder surgery) withdrew from the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, but he’s expected to be ready to start the season with the Blues.
NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders hired Chris Lamoriello as their new director of player personnel. Lamoriello, son of Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello, spent 21 seasons in the New Jersey Devils organization.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Center Oscar Sundqvist highlights the Pittsburgh Penguins rookie-camp roster.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks signed 2016 first-round pick Max Jones to an entry-level contract.