NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 13, 2016
Latest on Alex Ovechkin, Henrik Zetterberg & more in your NHL morning headlines.
CSN MID-ATLANTIC: Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is critical of the NHL’s playoff format. “The schedule in the playoffs is kind of weird,” Ovechkin said, “because you play first team and fourth and then you play against Pittsburgh. … Then you think, why [do we] need to win Presidents’ Trophy to play against the best team?…It’s tough to think about it. It’s kind of weird, but there’s nothing you can do.”
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg said he’ll be fully recovered from an offseason knee injury that knocked him out of the World Cup of Hockey in time for the start of the NHL regular season. The soon-to-be 36-year-old admitted he ran out of gas during the last two seasons and will find a way to better manage his ice time this season. One way could be playing more on the wing instead of center.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Anaheim Ducks center Rickard Rakell is undergoing tests in a Swedish hospital for a stomach virus and will miss the World Cup of Hockey. He will be replaced by St. Louis Blues forward Patrik Berglund.
NBC SPORTS: The Blues invited former Blues forward Chris Porter to training camp on a tryout basis.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As per Kukla’s Korner, Porter becomes the sixth player the Blues have signed to professional tryout offers. He joins T.J. Galiardi, Eric Nystrom,Yan Stastny, Mike Weber and Scooter Vaughan.
ISLANDERS.NHL.COM: The New York Islanders reports former New Jersey Devils forward Stephen Gionta has accepted their training-camp tryout invitation.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators have released their training camp schedule, which begins on Sept. 24.