NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 10, 2016
World Cup of Hockey updates plus latest on Brad Marchand, Jordan Staal & more in your NHL morning headlines.
NHL.COM: Patrick Kane and Joe Pavelski each tallied a goal and an assist while Jonathan Quick made 32 saves as Team USA doubled up Team Canada 4-2 in a physical pre-tournament World Cup of Hockey game. Canadian goaltender Carey Price, playing his first game since being sidelined last November by a knee injury, gave up three goals on 24 shots in a somewhat rusty performance.
USA center Ryan Kesler was ejected from the game for boarding Canadian defenseman Shea Weber. Canadian forwards Logan Couture and Claude Giroux briefly left the game with injuries, but aren’t expected to miss any further games in the tournament.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Price didn’t play that badly, and he had no chance on Zach Parise’s redirection goal that opened the scoring, but the Kane and Pavelski goals were the kind he wouldn’t normally give up when he’s on top of his game. Quick was superb for the Americans, who set a physical tone that at times knocked the Canadians off their game.
CSNNE.COM: Boston Bruins president Cam Neely said his club prefers to get winger Brad Marchand re-signed to an extension before the start of the upcoming season. Marchand, 28, is eligible next summer for unrestricted free agency. The expectation is Marchand wants a long-term (seven or eight years) deal, and it could be in the range of $49-$60 million total.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In recent years, Marchand has developed into a team leader and a reliable offensive winger for the Bruins. He’s also among the few remaining links to their 2011 championship roster. Little wonder they hope to re-sign him.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal admits he’ll miss his brother Eric, who was dealt to the New York Rangers in late-February and signed in July with the Minnesota Wild. Hurricanes GM Ron Francis doesn’t expect Eric’s absence to affect Jordan’s play. No word yet if Jordan will take over as team captain for the upcoming season.
ESPN.COM: Prosecutors building their case against Buffalo Sabres left wing Evander Kane submitted evidence claiming Kane was trespassing in the Buffalo nightclub where he was accused of harassing three women back in late-June.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kane’s charges are misdemeanors. If convicted, he’ll face fines and community service, but not jail time.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: No updates to report on contract talks between the Sabres and restricted free agent defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen, who’s currently skating for Finland in the World Cup of Hockey.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers yesterday signed winger Kris Versteeg to a professional tryout offer.
NBC SPORTS: The New York Islanders are considering inviting former New Jersey Devils forward Stephen Gionta to training camp on a tryout offer.
SPORTSNET: NHL concussion spotters will have new powers for the upcoming season. The most notable is the ability to remove a player from a game if they see “visible signs” the player suffered a concussion.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets unveiled their broadcast schedule for the upcoming season. There will be 66 regional broadcasts along with 22 nationally televised games.