NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 26, 2016
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.