NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 26, 2016

by | Sep 26, 2016 | News, NHL | 6 comments

Tomas Tatar scores in overtime to lift Team Europe over Team Sweden in the World Cup of Hockey semifinal.

Tomas Tatar scores in overtime to lift Team Europe over Team Sweden in the World Cup of Hockey semifinal.

Team Europe downs Sweden in World Cup of Hockey semis, Clarke MacArthur injured & more in NHL morning headlines. 

NHL.COM:  Tomas Tatar scored twice, including the game winner in overtime, as Team Europe upset Team Sweden 3-2 in the semifinal of the World Cup of Hockey. The Europeans will face Team Canada in the best two-out-of-three finals beginning on Tuesday. Jaroslav Halak made 37 saves for Team Europe. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tatar’s game winner went in off his skate, but video review determined there was no kicking motion on his part. Team Europe was the underdog of this tournament, so getting to the final was a significant achievement. However, they’ll face their biggest challenge in their upcoming series against the unbeaten Canadians. 

OTTAWA SUN: Senators winger Clarke MacArthur suffered a concussion during a team scrimmage yesterday following what appeared to be a blindside hit by training camp hopeful Patrick Sieloff. MacArthur missed most of last season to concussion symptoms. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I hate to say this, but I believe this spells the end of MacArthur’s playing career. This latest injury could put his career in jeopardy. 

ARIZONA REPUBLIC:  Agent Darren Ferris, who represents Arizona Coyotes forward Tobias Rieder, said his client won’t report to the club’s training camp following the World Cup of Hockey, A restricted free agent, Rieder is currently skating with Team Europe. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Rieder’s coming off an entry-level contract. He can either hold out for a better deal or sign with a European team. If unsigned by Dec. 1, he’ll be ineligible to play for the remainder of the season.

CSN MID-ATLANTIC: Washington Capitals defenseman Nate Schmidt suffered a minor lower-body injury during practice yesterday. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES:  The Lightning will honor recently retired center Vincent Lecavalier on Oct. 18. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lecavalier spent 14 of his 17 NHL seasons with the Lightning. The former Bolts captain is the franchise leaders in games player (1,037) and goals (383). He also helped them win the Stanley Cup in 2004. 

SASKATOON STAR-PHOENIX:  The ashes of hockey legend Gordie Howe and his wife Maureen was interred yesterday beneath his statue in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. 


  1. Team Europe may have surprised a lot of people including myself by making it to the World Cup finale but I dont see them finding a way to beat Canada who has their eye on the prize.
    Halak will have to play the best net ever.

  2. Rieder is in a terrible spot. Although he may well have earned the 2.5 he’s demanding he isn’t getting it & with the stable of stud prospects coming at best he’s a 3rd line forward next season if not a 4th line player unfortunately. He will be waiting along time as his importance to this group is minimal.

    Weird situation as he’s a solid young 2 way hockey player, was getting some decent PP time mid season for about 20 games; finished 10th in PP TOI/GP last season in Arizona, & then Tippet just turned off the tap. With Vrbata, McGinn, Strome & Dvorak coming in, any hope of even 2nd line PP time will vanish entirely & his ability to generate any where near last seasons points totals with it.

    • The stable of prospects in Arizona is almost just unfair when you consider what you just mentioned about this guy, I watched a few Yotes games last season and he was hard on the puck never gave up on a play fast and generally a possession force (if you are in to those type stats) hard to not see this guy as a very good second line guy on a lot of teams but here he is getting pushed down the lineup in Arizona

      • It’s an odd situation & his leverage is virtually non existent. It wouldn’t kill Arizona if they make him sit.

        I see Arizona play a ton live living & travelling in the west. I like this player. Even had him on 1 of my fantasy teams & was forced to dress him on occasion & was happy to do so for a brief stretch where he was hot.

    • Take a comprise and get the heck out after. No other way around it unless you want to play in Europe. ( He might )

  3. Patrick Sieloff cost a good player his chance to keep playing. That is likely as close as Sieloff will ever come to having an impact in the league. Why do teams bring these guys to camp?