NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 2, 2016
Updates on Henrik Zetterberg, Sidney Crosby, Brad Marchand & more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines.
MLIVE.COM: A knee injury has knocked Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg out of the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. Zetterberg suffered the injury during off-ice training, but won’t require surgery. Wings GM Ken Holland said he isn’t sure Zetterberg will be ready for the start of training camp but is confident he’ll be good to go for the start of the season. He will be replaced on Team Sweden by Mikael Backlund.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That Zetterberg won’t require surgery bodes well for his return by the start of the season.
SI.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby admits he felt self-doubt during his struggles early last season. He credits playing instinctively for regaining his dominant form. He also said winning the Stanley Cup this spring was partly a relief, considering all the club went through last season and what transpired for him since winning the Cup in 2009.
BOSTON HERALD: Bruins winger Brad Marchand isn’t commenting on contract negotiations, other than expressing his hope that something will get done. Marchand, 28, is eligible next summer for unrestricted free agency.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Marchand is among the last links to the Bruins 2011 championship club and among their team leaders. I expect Bruins management will re-sign him at some point in the upcoming season.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres announced forward Zemgus Girgensons signed a one-year, $1.15 million contract.
NBC SPORTS: Unrestricted free agent center Paul Gaustad is expected to announce his retirement within the next two weeks.
NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils are in the process of releasing prospect Ben Johnson, who was convicted this week of sexual assault in Windsor, Ontario.