NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 12, 2016

by | Sep 12, 2016 | News, NHL | 12 comments

Johnny Gaudreau (second from left) celebrates one of his two goals against Team Europe with his North America teammates.

Johnny Gaudreau (second from left) celebrates one of his two goals against Team Europe with his North America teammates.

 World Cup of Hockey updates plus the latest on Brandon Sutter, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Bob Miller in this morning’s NHL headlines. 

NHL.COM: A five-goal first period lifted Team North America to a 7-4 victory over Team Europe. Aaron Ekblad, Johnny Gaudreau and Dylan Larkin each scored twice for Team North America and John Gibson made 29 saves, while Marian Gaborik tallied twice in the second period for Team Europe. Thomas Greiss had a rough first period for the Europeans, giving up four goals on eight shots before being replaced by Jaroslav Halak. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Team North America came close to blowing this game, as the European squad cut the lead to 5-4 before Gaudreau and Larkin put it out of reach late in the third. The young North American squad has considerable speed and offensive firepower, but if this game was any indication, their defensive play needs improvement. 

TSN:  Team Sweden forward Rickard Rakell is in a Swedish hospital with an unspecified illness, putting his participation in the World Cup of Hockey into doubt. Forward Marcus Kruger (upper-body injury) said he feels better after skating with the club in practice Sunday. 

THE PROVINCE: Vancouver Canucks forward Brandon Sutter is putting his injury-shortened 2015-16 behind him and looks forward to the upcoming season. Sports hernia surgery and a broken jaw limited Sutter to only 20 games last season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sutter’s lengthy absence also contributed to the Canucks missing the 2016 playoffs. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH:  Forward Pierre-Luc Dubois is out to prove the Blue Jackets didn’t make a mistake by selecting him with the third overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. 

LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS:  Long-time Los Angeles Kings play-by-play man Bob Miller will return behind the mike for his 44th season in 2016-17, but he will have a reduced schedule. The 77-year-old Miller underwent open-heart surgery earlier this year and missed the final two months of the 2015-16 campaign.


  1. In an incredible twist Brandon Sutters extended stay on the Canucks roster contributes to them returning to the lottery. The Province treats this guy like hes the Second Coming. Hes Brandon Sutter, third line checking center. Hes going to get 3rd line minutes behind Henrik Sedin and Slo Horvat. Only difference he is going to make is if the Nucks finish 28th again or 30th.

    • I have the Canucks finishing 14th in the west & 27th overall. That ranking could get modified slightly as we approach the start of the season & teams tweak rosters, a major trade or acquisition is made or young players alter my view of things. Ha-ha!

      • I agree, the Nucks are a lottery team going nowhere. Sadly the Province and Canucks management have sold a lot of fans on the “retooling” plan with the goal of making the playoffs. I always thought the goal was to win the Stanley Cup and to domwhatever you could to make it happen. Apathy rules the day on the West Coast. Welcome to Vancouver, whete mediocrity is accepted and encouraged.

    • Ron Jull, tell me, where are you from? What place do you call home where spelling, grammar and coherent thought have been abandoned for the green fields of cheap name calling and general negativity? Are there are any caves or swamps next to you which I may inhabit so I may seek your tutelage in the fine art of typing out the blackness of one’s soul?

      • Wow man, why so angry? Calm down, relax. No need for personal attacks. Feel free to comment if you have something valid or of worth to say. I do have to admit I admire your verbiage. You must spend a lot of time googling word meanings online. Of course, there probably isnt much else to do in your mothers basement but good on you.


      • These last 2 comments going back and forth just made my day.

        Sooooo funny.

        Props to you both.


  2. Pierre-Luc Dubois should have a great year in Columbus as long as he learns to block shots and stand for the anthem.

    • ahahaha

  3. Good one BC Leaf fan! The problem is he won’t be able to stand for the anthem if he blocks too many shots!

  4. The Canucks would be smart to shop the Sedins at the trade deadline. They are no longer needed for Vancouver in the long haul and could still make a difference to a contender in February. I know! I know! They have to be traded to the same team, but let’s face it today’s GMs are quite capable of making creative deals!

    Or better yet the Canucks could leave them unprotected and Vegas could take them as a “pair”! A pair of what I will leave to the rest of you!

    • The Sedins sure have had beautiful chemistry with eriksson over the last 2 Sweden games.

      • All jokes aside regarding the Sedins but they can still be effective just no longer in Vancouver.