NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 30, 2016
Canada wins World Cup of Hockey, updates on Clarke MacArthur, Andrew Shaw & more in your NHL morning headlines.
NHL.COM: Two goals late in the third period lifted Team Canada to a 2-1 victory over Team Europe, making the Canadians the winner of the World Cup of Hockey. The Europeans held a 1-0 lead through most of the game and were on the verge of forcing a third and deciding game.
Patrice Bergeron tied the game on a power-play goal and Brad Marchand tallied the winner while the Canadians were killing a penalty. Team Canada captain Sidney Crosby was named tournament MVP, leading all players in scoring.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Give Team Europe credit, as they dominated the play throughout most of this game. If not for that late, desperate flurry by the Canadians, the Europeans would’ve won this contest and forced Game 3. Once again, it was Crosby, Bergeron and Marchand, along with goaltender Carey Price. who made the difference.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Despite suffering another concussion, Ottawa Senators winger Clarke MacArthur said he has no plans to retire. He took to his Instagram account saying he’s recovering from his latest injury and hopes to return to action soon.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I understand MacArthur’s determination to overcome his concussion history, but he’s putting himself at risk of more serious head trauma. Here’s hoping that doesn’t happen.
TSN: Montreal Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw was suspended from three preseason game for boarding Washington Capitals prospect Connor Hobbs.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Despite not having a contract, restricted free agent defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen is reporting to Buffalo Sabres training camp as a “good will” gesture.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Other notable unsigned RFAs, such as Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov, Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau and Anaheim’s Hampus Lindholm and Rickard Rakell, have not followed Ristolainen’s example.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars forward Mattias Janmark is sidelined with a lower-body injury. He joins a growing list of injured Stars, including Tyler Seguin, Cody Eakin and Ales Hemsky.
STLTODAY.COM: Blues winger Jaden Schwartz will miss some practice time due to a minor hand injury.
NBC SPORTS: Strep throat could threaten San Jose Sharks prospect forward Timo Meier’s hopes of cracking the lineup to start the season.
CALGARY SUN: After a concussion sidelined center Mikael Backlund from the World Cup of Hockey, he’s returned to skating with the Calgary Flames.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Former NHL coach Jacques Demers was recently inducted in the Quebec Sports Hall of Fame.
TSN: Bob McKenzie reports via Twitter that NHL teams have until 5 pm on Oct. 11 to become salary-cap compliant.