NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 18, 2016

by | Sep 18, 2016 | News, NHL | 8 comments

Team Canada captain Sidney Crosby leaps to screen Czech goalie Michal Neuvirth during Canada's 6-0 win in World Cup of Hockey preliminary play.

Team Canada captain Sidney Crosby leaps to screen Czech goalie Michal Neuvirth during Canada’s 6-0 win in World Cup of Hockey preliminary play.

World Cup of Hockey updates, plus the latest on Tyler Seguin, Travis Hamonic & more in your NHL morning headlines.

NHL.COM:  Sidney Crosby and Brad Marchand each collected a goal and two assists to lead Team Canada to a 6-0 drubbing of the Czech Republic in World Cup of Hockey preliminary play. John Tavares also had two assists for the Canadians, who outshot the Czechs 50-27. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Apart from the opening 10 minutes, when the Czechs matched Team Canada stride-for-stride and hit-for hit, this was a lopsided affair for the Canadians. If not for Czech goalie Michal Neuvirth (44 saves), the score would’ve been much higher. Crosby was the dominant player for Canada at both ends of the ice, especially in the opening frame. 

Jaroslav Halak made 35 saves while Marian Gaborik, Leon Draisaitl and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scored to carry Team Europe to a 3-0 upset over Team USA. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This opening loss for the Americans puts them in a difficult position. If they lose their next game (Tuesday against Team Canada), they risk failing to advance past the preliminary round. The loss has already given rise to media criticism over the makeup of the team, the choice of John Tortorella as head coach and his decision to scratch big, puck-moving defenseman Dustin Byfuglien from the tournament-opening game.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: After several days of conflicting reports, it’s been revealed Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin suffered a hairline fracture in his heel during World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament play on Sept. 9. He will be re-evaluated by Stars doctors in a week’s time. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Seguin was sidelined late last season by an Achilles tendon injury. Now he could miss the Stars training camp and possibly the start of the upcoming season. 

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER:  Anaheim Ducks forward Rickard Rakell underwent surgery last week to remove scar tissue related to his appendectomy earlier this year. His status for the Ducks training camp is uncertain. The ailment has already prevented him from playing for Team Sweden in the World Cup of Hockey. 

NEWSDAY: Defenseman Travis Hamonic is happy that he decided to stay with the New York Islanders. Last year, he requested a trade for family reasons to a team close to his Manitoba home. Earlier this year, he withdrew the request. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Islanders and their fans are probably thrilled that Hamonic, the club’s best defenseman, changed his mind. It would’ve been difficult to replace him. 


  1. As you said Lyle, Team Canada began to run away with the game after the first 10 minutes. Price looked great.

    My only concern is the amount of penalties taken by Team Canada. Although it didn’t cost them in this game, sooner or later it will

  2. We all knew Team USA was a questionable team. This is not the 1996 team equal. Glad I can root for Team NA.

    USA looked liked they were out til 4am the night before. Slow, tired and slower reactions. And almost like they stopped playing for Torts

  3. Kinda seems like an odd idea to have a team “Europe” because indvudually other countries may not really be competitive enough and then opening day of the tournament a real country deemed suitable gets pumped 6-0 and Europe beats the states.

    • That’s hockey, though. Anything can happen in one game. Hell, Europe beating Canada is very unlikely, but not out of the question.

      I think the States made a huge error in selecting their team and have made more mistakes since the tournament started, but I’d still favour them over team Europe if they played again.

      Funny though, all the this about building a team to beat Canada, then they lose to a team no once thought should have a chance. Looks good on them.

      • But that’s kind of my point and issue with this “World Cup” in a sport like hockey anything can happen look at Latvia in the last Olympics. Instead of being gimmicky just leave good enough alone and make it an international tournament. It works for WJ Olympics and world championships. Reducing teams and making up others really isn’t going to ensure anything or make the quality any better. Teams will still be upset and teams are still getting thumped so what’s the point? If it’s going to be a World Cup then make it country vs country and give it more of a international feel. To me it still seems like an NHL gimmick even tho it’s been a bit more competitive than I thought it would be it still looked like the Czechs mailed that one in not sure there was a whole bunch of laying it on the line for their country there.

      • Quit whining shticky…..,, who cares if it’s a gimmick or cash grab it’s been very good hockey to watch and will get better! Why makes these stupid comments just to say you don’t agree? ( sound familiar)

      • Team Europe makes sense as none of these countries come close to beating Canada alone. I like this additional and North America. Makes this much more entertaining.

        Last nights ‘upset’ makes the rest of the preliminary games interesting to me. USA HAS TO BEAT Canada tuesday.

      • Like the Czechs did?
        It was just 2 years ago when Canada barely got past Latvia 2-1 remember? That Latvian team beat the Swiss to get to the 1/4 final…lot of years in world hockey championships where Canada dosent make it past 1/4 finals (5 years in a row previous to 2015) Canada finished 7th in 2010…I realize that yes we are likely better than a lot of smaller countries but in a short tournament like this it doesn’t really mean much ask the Americans who will be lucky to get out of the preliminary round because of 1 upset. It would be more of an international tournament if 6 countries were in it. That’s not a World Cup, and by adding 2 made up teams it dosent make the odds of Canada winning or losing any better or worse.