NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 14, 2016

by | Sep 14, 2016 | News, NHL | 18 comments

Jonathan Quick made 30 saves to backstop Team USA to a 3-2 win over Team Finland.

Jonathan Quick made 30 saves to backstop Team USA to a 3-2 win over Team Finland.

 World Cup of Hockey updates, latest PTO signings and more in your NHL morning headlines. 

NHL.COM:  Ryan Kesler collect a goal and an assist while Jonathan Quick made 30 saves as Team USA opened a 3-0 lead over Team Finland and held on for a 3-2 victory in World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament play.  Patrik Laine and Jussi Jokinen scored in the final half of the third period to make the game interesting. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS:  Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly will replace Tyler Seguin for Team Canada in the World Cup of Hockey. Seguin suffered a minor knee injury and has been ordered to stay off his skates for seven to 10 days, effectively sidelining him from the tournament. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A tough break for Seguin, who’s been hampered by injuries over the last two seasons. O’Reilly is a strong two-way player who can play center or wing. He won’t fully replace Seguin’s offense but his overall skills and versatility makes him a good replacement. 

NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils GM Ray Shero says long-time Devils forward Patrik Elias has no timetable for a possible return to action this season. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES:  Lightning center Tyler Johnson reveals he was hampered through the first half of last season by an right-wrist injury suffered during the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. He says he’s now fully recovered and feeling much stronger. 

DETROIT FREE PRESS:  Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson admits he’s battled a chronic hip ailment and an occasional lack of confidence in recent seasons. The hip ailment is bad enough to require regular treatment but not quite bad enough to require surgery.

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks have invited unrestricted free agent forwards James Sheppard and Tuomo Ruutu to training camp on a tryout basis. 

NBC SPORTS: The Columbus Blue Jackets have invited Mike Brown to training camp on a professional tryout offer.

LAS VEGAS JOURNAL-REVIEW:  The NHL’s Las Vegas franchise will have the name “Knights” in it. Silver, Gold or Desert will be prefix.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC/MONTREAL GAZETTE/DENVER POST/ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Arizona Coyotes have released their training camp schedule, while the Montreal Canadiens, Colorado Avalanche and Anaheim Ducks released their rookie camp rosters and schedules. 


  1. Shepherd and Ruuttu? Must be part of Vancouvers retooling program. Benning did say he was looking for additional scoring.


  2. Is anybody else having a hard time working up interest in the World Cup? Usually I am stoked for this kind of tournament be it World Cup, Canada Cup or Olympics but I just find myself not really caring if I watch or not.

    • I am feeling the exact same way. I just have little motivation to watch the games and even go – some buddies from work were thinking about going to the game in Ottawa and I was more excited about enjoying the awesome weather that weekend and BBQing that night than getting tickets.

      Deeeeee – That is genius!!

      • nvm going be interesting to see what ratings even work out to be with the start of the NFL season and Penant races hitting high gear. The level of hockey has been better than I expected but not like I’m on the edge of my seat or particularly caring if I see a game, I’ll watch it if there is nothing better to do.

      • Actually cheering for Finland against the USA at the end of the game put me on the edge of my seat. It’s fun cheering against them and I am hoping team Europe and the Chechs beat them is pool play.

      • I was too deeeeee? Very good hockey game

    • Your missing some very good jull….. But what do you care you really don’t watch hockey anyways

      • How old are you bbb?

    • Then don’t watch. Who cares!

      • I’m pretty sure the NHL and the NHLPA care, the tournament needs to make money to be a success and if regular hockey fans are not watching it than chances of it being a success are pretty slim face it the World Cup being played in Toronto isn’t exactly ground breaking and brining in any new fans. If as many people talking on a hockey blog are talking about not watching it as there are about watching it I’m pretty sure it’s not some great revenue generator.

      • The ratings are way higher than they expected actually lots of ppl watching good for the sport

      • Here are the most-watched sports events on English-language television from the past weekend, according to Numeris overnight ratings:

        1. MLB, Red Sox at Blue Jays, Sunday, Sportsnet: 1,430,000

        2. MLB, Red Sox at Blue Jays, Saturday, Sportsnet: 1,333,000

        3. MLB, Red Sox at Blue Jays, Friday, Sportsnet: 1,010,000

        4. World Cup hockey, Canada vs. U.S., Saturday, Sportsnet: 903,000

        5. NFL, Giants-Cowboys/Dolphins-Seahawks/Lions-Colts, Sunday, CTV: 899,000

        6. CFL, Stampeders at Eskimos, Saturday, TSN: 789,000

        7. CFL, Roughriders at Blue Bombers, Saturday, TSN: 701,000

        8. World Cup of hockey, Canada vs. U.S., Friday, Sportsnet 1/360: 663,000

        9. NFL, Bills-Ravens/Packers-Jags/Bengals-Jets/Vikes-Titans, Sunday, CTV/TSN: 657,000

        10. NFL, Patriots at Cardinals, Sunday, TSN: 499,000 (NBC viewers not measured)

        11. CFL, Tiger-Cats at Argonauts, Sunday, TSN: 497,000

        12. CFL, Alouettes at Lions, Friday, TSN: 472,000

        13. Paralympics, Prime-time coverage, Sunday, CBC: 291,000

        14, Tennis, U.S. Open men’s final, Sunday, TSN: 243,000

        15. Paralympics, Late-night coverage, Saturday, CBC: 228,000

        16. Equestrian, Spruce Meadows show jumping, Sunday, CBC: 207,000

        17. Paralympics, Afternoon coverage, Saturday, CBC: 196,000

        18. Soccer, Manchester City at Manchester United, Saturday, Sportsnet: 188,000

        19. Equestrian, Nations Cup, Saturday, CBC: 179,000

        20. Paralympics, Afternoon coverage, Sunday, CBC: 173,000

        It’s a distant 4th for just sporting events on the week in Canada and far far worse than that in the states. Sorry big bear

      • The ratings were higher than ” expected” please re read everything tanner ?

      • The ratings are “way higher” than expected… Yep I’m sure when they were putting this tournament together they were crossing their fingers that they could maybe almost have such great ratings as a CFL game. lol

      • It’s ok shticky you were wrong you don’t have too cry about it ?

  3. How about the Dessert Knights? The crest can be cookies, cakes and pie.

    • YUM!!

  4. I don’t think the Red Wings need anybody suffering from confidence issues this season.