NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 7, 2016

by | Sep 7, 2016 | News, NHL | 6 comments

Florida Panthers re-sign Jonathan Huberdeau to a six-year extension.

Florida Panthers re-sign Jonathan Huberdeau to a six-year extension.

 Panthers re-sign Jonathan Huberdeau, latest World Cup of Hockey reports & more in your NHL morning headlines.

MIAMI HERALD:  The Florida Panthers yesterday announced the re-signing of left wing Jonathan Huberdeau to a six-year, $35.4 million contract extension. The average annual value is $5.9 million, and the contract begins in 2017-18. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Huberdeau, winner of the 2013 Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL rookie of the year, hit a career-best 59 points last season skating on the Panthers’ top line. It’s obvious they consider him part of their young core that includes Aaron Ekblad, Aleksander Barkov, Nick Bjugstad, Reilly Smith and Vincent Trocheck, who’ve also re-signed new deals with the Panthers over the last year. If the 23-year-old continues putting up good numbers throughout the tenure of this deal and helps the Panthers become Stanley Cup contenders, this will be a worthwhile contract for them. 

NHL.COM: Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin was named captain of Team Russia for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin and former Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk are the alternates. 

LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: Team Europe named Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar its captain for the World Cup tournament. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Earlier this summer, Kopitar was also named captain of the Kings. This tournament will be a good early test for him as a team captain. 

TSN: Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin missed Team Canada’s practice yesterday because of illness. 

THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer will replaced the sidelined Frederik Andersen on Team Europe. 

ESPN.COM: The increasing number of players absences from the World Cup because of injuries is calling into question the players’ enthusiasm for the tournament. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Those players are skipping the tournament with the blessing of their respective NHL general managers. And who can blame them? The sidelined players don’t want to risk re-injury in a meaningless hockey tournament, while their GMs want them healthy to start the long grind of an NHL season. The league, meanwhile, is powerless to prevent this. If they try to lean on those players to attend the World Cup, they risk a labor hassle with the NHLPA. 

NBC SPORTS:  Team USA coach John Tortorella was asked about his thoughts on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the American national anthem in protest of racial inequality in the U.S. Tortorella said if any of his players refuse to stand for the anthem, they’ll find themselves stuck to the bench for the remainder of the game. 

SIRIUS XM NHL (via TODAY’S SLAPSHOT): NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly doesn’t see any potential problems brewing regarding the current collective bargaining agreement. He believes the league and the NHLPA have worked well together in the first four years of the deal in addressing any issues that arose. “It’s early, but I don’t see any storm clouds on the horizon – at least yet,” said Daly.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I recall NHL commissioner Gary Bettman expressing how pleased he was with the previous CBA midway through that deal, and the league and the PA still wound up in a labor dispute that cost half a season in 2012-13. Right now, the best we can hope for is neither side decides to opt out in September 2019, which would bring the current CBA to an end the following year. As for what transpires when this agreement expires in Sept. 2022, we’ll just have to wait and see. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: After suffering a season-ending back injury once believed career-threatening, Carolina Hurricanes winger Andrej Nestrasil has recovered and is happy to return to training camp. 

TVA SPORTS’ Renaud Lavoie reports former NHL defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron is attending the Columbus Blue Jackets training camp on a tryout basis.

LA KINGS INSIDER’s Jon Rosen reports former NHL winger Devin Setoguchi received a professional tryout offer from the Los Angees Kings. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blues Jackets re-signed president of hockey operations John Davidson, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen and assistant general manager Bill Zito all signed two-year extensions.


  1. Lots of eyebrow raising articles today…
    1. Kopitar and his “test”, the only test will be making sure sticks don’t break taking ceremonial faceoffs the guy is a leader with or without the letter C stitched on his jersey.
    2 There is little to no question about this being a meaningless tournament (still I prefer this to shutting down for the Olympics) if they wanted a true World Cup make it an international event and build and play on international rivalries best on best no team Europe North America and that nonsense with proper planing and format it might be decent.
    3.no way there is no Lock out the only joke bigger than that is Columbus resigning their terrible management team for another 2 years.

  2. I think what Torts is saying is great. You want to use this time to promote your views on a political matter I will too he is basically saying. And since he is the coach he gets the last word in. Maybe not for the long run as coaches go long before stars but to me Torts is doing the right thing.Keep it off the playing field.
    I like the idea of the WCH. Yes I know gimmick teams such as Europe and under 23 NA ( which I cant wait to see ) are not traditional but at least they will be competitive. Do you think in the next Olympics South Korea vs Canada will be close ? In order for any tournament to work you need to right number of teams and these 2 extras round off the tournament nicely.
    Finally Columbus ? Just another bizarre move from an organization that leads pro sports in bizarre moves.

    • Here’s the thing I do kinda agree watching NA will be fun, but that is the part that keeps this tournament from being best on best I’d enjoy watching McDavid play just as much on team Canada where he belongs, and sure watching some countries get pumped by Canada can get kinda lame but remember games like Latvia Canada? It was fantastic and put away the patriotic hat for a second isn’t competition like that what sport is all about? A little guy beating the giant? Like I said I am more for a World Cup than shutting down a season but this format as it sits currently kinda stinks, make it international and don’t play it 2 weeks before training camp, maybe if it was in August, give the guys a bit of time after the playoffs and some time before camp.

  3. Nice deal for Huberdeau. Good for both sides, really. If he keeps getting betterm it’s a steal for the Cats. If he plateau’s around his recent production, it’s not a gross overpayment, either.

  4. I see this as par for the course. Florida set up a decent deal here.

  5. Apparently if you are a 50 point player and play for Florida you get a $6 million a year deal, even if your contract isn’t up like a few of them. They’re really rushing to pay RFAs down there.