NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 4, 2016
World Cup of Hockey roster updates, Manny Malhotra retires & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NEW YORK POST: No truth to a rumor New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist suffered an injury during a recent golf tournament that could sideline him from the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. Lundqvist admits suffering some discomfort after taking a puck to his rib cage during a recent practice, but he’s ready to play for Sweden in the World Cup.
CSN BAY AREA: San Jose Sharks winger Tomas Hertl won’t be playing for the Czech national team in the upcoming World Cup. He’s not fully recovered from a knee injury suffering in the 2016 Stanley Cup Final and wants to be ready for the start of the Sharks season in October.
PHILLY.COM: Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas (wrist injury) also won’t be skating for the Czech club in the World Cup.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In recent weeks, several notable players were forced to drop out of the tournament because of lingering injuries or offseason surgery. In addition to Hertl and Gudas, Jamie Benn, Duncan Keith and Jeff Carter (Canada),Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall and Robin Lehner (Sweden), David Krejci (Czech), Sean Monahan (North America) and Frederik Andersen (Europe) were also sidelined.
THE PROVINCE: Center Manny Malhotra has retired after 16 NHL seasons. The Vancouver Canucks could add him to their coaching or player development ranks. In addition to the Canucks, he played for the New York Rangers, Dallas Stars, Columbus Blue Jackets, San Jose Sharks, Carolina Hurricanes and Montreal Canadiens. He also overcame a serious eye injury in 2011 that nearly derailed his career. In 991 games, Malhotra netted 116 goals and 295 points, earning a reputation as an invaluable faceoff man.
USA TODAY: The Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, Philadelphia Flyers, New York Islanders and St. Louis Blues are five 2016 playoff clubs in danger of missing the postseason in 2017.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe the Flyers will be a better club this season and don’t see the Blues suffering that much from losing David Backes and Troy Brouwer to free agency and trading away Brian Elliott to Calgary.
TORONTO SUN: Turns out Toronto mayor John Tory knew Steven Stamkos would re-sign with the Tampa Bay Lightning before it was officially reported. Tory was part of a group trying to convince Stamkos to sign with the Maple Leafs.
LAS VEGAS JOURNAL-REVIEW: Bill Foley, owner of the NHL’s Las Vegas expansion franchise, admits he registered some fake names for his team as a misdirection ploy.