NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 9, 2016
World Cup of Hockey updates, Patrick Roy talks about leaving the Avalanche, Paul Gaustad retires & more in your NHL morning headlines.
NHL.COM: In World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament action, Finland edged Sweden 3-2 on an overtime goal by Olli Maatta, Evgeny Dadonov’s goal held up as the winner as Russia nipped the Czech Republic 4-3 and Nathan MacKinnon scored twice to lead Team North America to a 4-0 victory over Team Europe.
ESPN.COM: Team North America also named Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid their team captain, with Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad and Philadelphia Flyers blueliner Shayne Gostisbehere as his alternates.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa suffered an undisclosed injury during Team Europe’s 4-0 loss to Team North America. He missed the entire third period and following the game went for x-rays. The injury isn’t serious and he’s expected to play in Team Europe’s next game.
STLTODAY.COM: Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka suffered an apparent shoulder injury playing for the Czech Republic in their 4-3 loss to Team Russia on Thursday. It’s reportedly a clavicle injury but might not be serious. He could play in the Czechs’ next pre-tournament game on Saturday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If injuries start mounting during this tournament, it could dampen the enthusiasm of NHL owners and general managers to allow their best players to take part in future World Cup of Hockey contests.
TSN: Former Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy claims disagreements over “the types of players and stuff like that” and “people working for the team” were behind his decision to abruptly resign last month. Roy also denied a rumor claiming the Avs decision not to pursue free agent Alexander Radulov, who played for him during their days with the Quebec Remparts, was a reason for stepping down.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It might also be a coincidence that Roy’s resignation came within two weeks of the club’s decision to re-sign defenseman Tyson Barrie to a long-term contract. Still, I’d put more credence into that speculation than that stuff about Roy having his nose out of joint because the Avs passed up a chance to sign Radulov.
THE TENNESSEAN: After 12 NHL seasons and 727 games, center Paul Gaustad announced his retirement on Thursday. In nearly seven seasons with the Buffalo Sabres and almost five with the Nashville Predators, the 34-year-old netted 231 points and was renowned for his faceoff and defensive skills.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Forward Devin Setoguchi is opening up over the drug and alcohol abuse that nearly derailed his playing career. Having received treatment for his addictions, Setoguchi is on a PTO with the Los Angeles Kings in hopes of getting his NHL career back on track.
THE HOCKEY NEWS: Former NHL goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov is contemplating retirement if he doesn’t land another NHL job.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers signed former Winnipeg Jets defenseman Adam Pardy and former Minnesota Wild forward Justin Fontaine to professional tryout offers.
NBC SPORTS: Former Carolina Hurricanes forward Zach Boychuk accepted a PTO with the Arizona Coyotes.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens tickets for 2016-17 go on sale Saturday.