NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 2, 2016

by | Sep 2, 2016 | News, NHL | 13 comments

A knee injury knocks Henrik Zetterberg out of the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

A knee injury knocks Henrik Zetterberg out of the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

 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. 


  1. Wonder how many guys who are not currently playing in this best on best tournament would be fit enough to play if it was the olympics or the NHL playoffs…..you know things that actually matter.

    • I don’t know a single hockey fan who’s actually excited for this. We’re all just basically aware this tournament is happening because we’re worried about whether our favourite players will be ready for the actual hockey season or not.

      • Being a Leaf fan Im ussed to weird and generally bad things happening and tho its unusual for many Leaf players to be in any best on best tournaments lately for the most part any that were, were kinda smaller pieces anyway but I hate this idea both goalies Rielly (teams no 1 D) Mathews teams no1 pick center all risking injury for nothing, harpooning yet another season if it happens…. and speaking from years of experience it just seems like a Leaf fans luck that it will.

      • I wouldn’t say I’m excited but I’m looking forward to it & will certainly watch most games available.

        Any time the best play the best it’s usually great hockey; not like an all-star game which I refuse to watch, & not some neanderthal outing that we often are subjected to in the NHL regular season although getting very rare now but still not eliminated fully.

        The 3 final games played in the 1987 Canada Cup were some of the best, most exciting hockey I have ever seen. Did you have the same opinion of that tournament?

    • Lol

  2. Stryker,

    87 was incredible hockey. 6-5, 6-5 and 6-5. Super high tempo superior skill simply amazing to watch. Hawerchuk to Gretzky to Lemieux for the winner!!!

    As much as I loved the 87 team my favourite has always been the 76 Canada Cup team.

  3. Im not really overly excited for this tournament. I will watch it for sure but the buildup of interest certainly seems to be lacking.

    • I don’t like the format. 1 & done. I would have preferred a more traditional pool setting; pool A, pool B, with quarter finals, semi’s & a 3 game final. Simply not enough time to pull off in this format.

      The 1 & done format isn’t traditional to any form of hockey & may effect the outcome as the probability of upsets taking out the teams we want to watch may play out.

      I loved 76 as well but 87 is still it for me. In 76 I was 14, busy & not as engrossed in hockey as I was in 87. In 76 I was playing 3 sports myself, we lived in New Brunswick & the quality of the feed on the 20″ TV; channel 3 only & incredibly grainy if the roof antenna was set just right, not compelling. God forbid it was cloudy, windy or raining. Ron I think were showing our age. Ha-ha!

  4. The Canada Cup had a little prestige and history to it, NHL players were not in the Olympics overall just different times I guess but this tourney seems a bit like a gimmick to me…Ill watch it and likely there will be some games but comparing this to Canada cups Olympics or playoff hockey just isn’t even close to the same feel, I agree with the others something is lacking.

  5. Im a little excited. Cant wait to see guys like Laine and Matthews play. Team North America should be the most exciting team there. I’ll watch as many games as the wife lets me !

  6. Well Shticky looks like your fears are reality as Andersen just got hurt.

    • Ya sometimes can’t help but think it’s a curse.

  7. The best and most exciting of all was the first Canada V USSR