NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 8, 2016

by | Sep 8, 2016 | News, NHL | 13 comments

San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski named captain of Team USA in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski named captain of Team USA in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

 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. 


  1. ….no, oh no not gimmicky at all, we will play 2 anthems for this team 1 for the rest and this team gets nothing…but they are playing for national pride right just like the Olympics? Wonder if this tournament is as big a one hit wonder as the Final Count Down (which why the hell not? It would be a fine choice for an anthem the way this is being run)

    • Sounds like the World Cup will be an ongoing event which is good news for the fans! Lots of good feedback for young guns team

    • Like anthems belong before a sporting event like they belong before concerts and movies.

      • I’d almost agree with this for the most part if it wasn’t for the fact that it’s supposed to be an international event… Not sure if you’ve witnessed things like World Cup soccer Olympic Games things of that nature Ron but national pride and anthems are in fact apart of it, I got no issue calling this anything else or for what it is an exhibition tournament. It’s not about playing for your country when 25% of the teams don’t represent a country some teams get anthems some teams don’t some teams get 2 … It’s for the owners of the NHL to make more revenue like outdoor game &to not lose revenue b shortening seasons in Olympic years, If they just called it the something like a Ryder cup of hockey and pass it off as something other than what they are I and likely a whole bunch of others wouldn’t have issue with it but the way it sits with me now is an all star like cash grab for the owners.

      • Who cares if it’s a cash grab your not a hockey fan if you don’t like watching the best players in the world play?

      • How many “real hockey fans” hate the all star game because the best of the best don’t really play that hard? Bob McKenzie is a real hockey fan and doesn’t like out door games because it’s a gimmick that takes away from the sport your comment that someone must not be a real hockey fan because they don’t like this idea is well pretty typical for you really… How many guys do you think are going to be laying down trying to block a Shea Weber shot 2 weeks before training camp so team Europe can win a trophy with no relevance? lol yep those Europeans don’t have any pride in their continent.

      • The all star game is just another typical dumb comment from you none of the players in the all star game take it seriously! None of the players in the World Cup have said gee I’m not gonna go down and block a Shea weber shot cause this is just a World Cup game! ?

  2. Well done on “The Final Countdown”

    That would have been too great.

  3. We could always get a petition started on-line to have “The Final Countdown” added. I’m sure the band would do anything to get the publicity (they did a Geico commercial last year…)

  4. Who has the authority to grant another hockey fan status?

  5. your not a hockey fan if you don’t like watching the best players in the world play!

    None players in the all star game take it seriously!

    Big bear
    Are you bipolar or do you just have schizophrenia? lol

    • Are you that daft tanner? Lol you really think the players take the all star game serious? ?? did you get in the cocktails a little early for a Thursday? ??