NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 18, 2016
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.