NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 8, 2016
World Cup of Hockey updates, Predators name Mike Fisher captain & more in your NHL morning headlines.
USA HOCKEY: Team USA named San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski its captain in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey tournament. Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter and Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane were named the alternates.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators will name center Mike Fisher their new team captain today. He replaces Shea Weber, who was dealt in late-June to the Montreal Canadiens for P.K. Subban.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a sensible choice. The 36-year-old Fisher is among the Predators’ longest-servicing active players. He was the alternate captain for the past four years and is well respected by his teammates.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Goaltender MIchael Leighton returns to the Carolina Hurricanes on a one-year, two-way contract. He spent parts of three seasons with the Canes from 2007 to 2009.
VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks hired former player Manny Malhotra as a development coach.
TORONTO STAR: Former NHL enforcer George Parros has joined the league’s department of player safety.
NBC SPORTS: The NHL announced the anthem protocol for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. For Team North America, comprised of 23-and-younger players from Canada and the United States, the anthems of both nations will be played before their games. No anthem will be played before Team Europe’s games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Damn! I was hoping Team Europe’s anthem would be “The Final Countdown“.
WINNIPEG SUN: Tickets are on sale for the Heritage Classic between the Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets.
PHILLY.COM: Former Philadelphia Flyers defenseman and two-time NHL All-Star Bob Dailey passed away Wednesday at age 63 following a long bout with cancer. He played nine NHL seasons with the Vancouver Canucks and the Flyers before injuries cut short his career in 1982.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: At 6’5 and 220 lbs, Dailey was one of the biggest defensemen in the NHL at that time. He was also talented, netting 325 points in 561 regular-season games and 46 points in 63 playoff games. If not for the injuries that hampered his career, he could’ve been among the dominant blueliners of his era. My condolences to his family and friends.