NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 21, 2016
World Cup of Hockey scores, plus latest contract signings & more in this morning’s NHL headlines.
NHL.COM: Matt Duchene scored twice and Carey Price made 33 saves as Team Canada downed Team USA 4-2. The victory ensure Canada advances to the tournament semifinal. The Americans have one game left in the preliminary round but will not advance to the semifinal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Team Canada got some lucky bounces in this game. The Americans, however, were unable to cash in on theirs. The second-guessing over Team USA management’s player and coaching selection had already started prior to this game. Excuses are being made that the American squad would’ve been better if youngsters such as Auston Matthews, Johnny Gaudreau and Jack Eichel weren’t playing for Team North America. Perhaps, but American management did themselves no favors by leaving skilled players such as Bobby Ryan, Justin Faulk and Kevin Shattenkirk off the roster. Phil Kessel was also passed over, though a wrist injury would’ve prevented him from playing in the tournament. I think it comes down to depth in skilled talent.. Quite frankly, the Canadians had more of it than the Americans.
Henrik Lundqvist made 36 saves to backstop Team Sweden to a 2-0 victory over Team Finland. Anton Stralman and Loui Eriksson scored for the Swedes, who will advance to the tournament semifinal. Finland could be eliminated from the tournament depending upon the outcome of tonight’s game between Sweden and Team North America.
MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad will miss the start of the club’s training camp due to a minro concussion suffered in the World Cup of Hockey tournament. Ekblad has left Team North America and is returning to the Panthers for evaluation by their team doctors.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There was talk Nichushkin was unhappy playing under Stars coach Lindy Ruff, who said the young winger was given plenty of chances but other younger players out-performed him last season. The Stars still hold Nichushkin’s NHL rights if he decides to return once his KHL contract has expired.
As for Strome’s new deal with the Islanders, $2.5 million per season is pretty much the standard raise for a player of his caliber coming off an entry-level contract. Had Strome’s play not declined sharply last season (28 points) after a 50-point rookie campaign, he probably would’ve received a more lucrative deal.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Phil Kessel (wrist surgery) and Trevor Daley (ankle) both expect to be ready for the Pittsburgh Penguins season opener next month.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Winger Artemi Panarin is in contract extension talks with the Chicago Blackhawks. Panarin won the Calder Memorial Trophy as last season’s NHL rookie of the year and is entering the second year of his two-year entry-level contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If he exceeds 70 points again this season, he could earn an expensive long-term extension. However, that could mean the Blackhawks will be forced to shed salary to create cap space to re-sign him.
ESPN.COM: Buffalo Sabres winger Evander Kane is filing a counterclaim against a woman who filed a civil suit against him earlier this year claiming he attacked her in his hotel room last December. Kane calls her allegations a sham.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks have invited forwards David Booth and Sean Bergenheim and goalie Yann Danis to training camp on a tryout basis.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers have added defenseman Eric Gryba to their training camp for a tryout.
THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche signed forward Jiri Tlusty to a professional tryout offer.
BOSTON HERALD: The Boston Bruins give forward Peter Mueller a tryout offer.
SPORTNET: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said future Olympic participation by the league will be up to the team owners. A decision is expected in the near future.
OTTAWA SUN: Former Senators star turned team executive Daniel Alfredsson has become a Canadian citizen.
THE MERCURY NEWS: The San Jose Sharks released their training camp roster and schedule.