NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 14, 2016
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.