NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 6, 2016
Latest World Cup of Hockey updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
TORONTO SUN: Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos and New York Islanders captain John Tavares are looking forward to playing for Canada in the World Cup of Hockey. A broken leg prevented Stamkos from participating in the 2014 Winter Olympics, while a knee injury kept Tavares from playing in the Olympic gold medal game.
ESPN.COM: Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin replaces sidelined Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg as captain of Team Sweden in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.
TSN: Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen will miss the World Cup of Hockey because of an upper-body injury. He will be sidelined three-four weeks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Andersen is expected to be ready for the Leafs season opener on Oct. 12.
SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman revisits the “23 minutes that shook the hockey world” on June 29, 2016. In that period, the Edmonton Oilers traded Taylor Hall to the New Jersey Devils for Adam Larsson, the Montreal Canadiens shipped P.K. Subban to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber, and Steven Stamkos passed on free agency to re-sign with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My reaction at the time was, “What the hell is going on?” I’ve covered every NHL trade deadline and every opening day of free agency since 1999, and I don’t recall surprising moves like those in such a short period of time. We’ll find out the repercussions of those moves soon enough when the curtain rises on 2016-17.
NBC SPORTS: Troy Brouwer, Chad Johnson and Matt Stajan were among several Calgary Flames who took part in Calgary’s Pride Parade over the weekend.
BOSTON HERALD: Bruins prospect Zach Senyshyn underwent an appendectomy on Sunday. He’ll miss the club’s rookie camp but is expected to participate in their main training camp on Sept. 22.
THE TENNESSEAN: Fighting declined again last season in the NHL, from 645 in 2010-11 to 344 in 2015-16.
NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders have an out-clause with Barclays Center that can be triggered after three seasons. Last season was the Isles first in the arena. The NBA’s Brooklyn Nets also get priority over the Isles in scheduling home games, while the arena gets the bulk of the Isles gameday revenue. The Isles new ownership reportedly hopes to build a new arena next to Citi Field or at Belmont Park. The addition of the Islanders last season had a positive effect upon Barclays Center revenue, jumping to $176 million last season compared to $113 million in 2014-15.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve only just skimmed the notable points in this article for this post. It’s well worth the read if you’re an Islanders fan (or an arena lease wonk) wondering about the club’s future at Barclays.