NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 11, 2016
Sidney Crosby concussed again, latest notable training camp cuts and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby suffered a concussion during practice on Friday. There is no timetable for his return. The Penguins haven’t revealed how Crosby was hurt during that practice.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Crosby, 29, had one of the best seasons of his career in 2015-16, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as he led the Penguins to the Stanley Cup. He recently led Team Canada to victory in the World Cup of Hockey as the tournament’s top scorer and MVP. His absence will leave a significant void on the Pens roster. Given his well-documented concussion history, this will also raise concerns again about his health and his future as an NHL player.
STLTODAY.COM: St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen avoided a serious ankle injury during a recent preseason game and could be ready for the club’s season-opening game on Wednesday against the Chicago Blackhawks.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks forward Andrew Desjardin is out four-to-six weeks with a lower-body injury.
TSN/NBC SPORTS/LA PRESSE: Yesterday’s notable waiver wire names include Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec, New York Islanders winger P-A Parenteau, Arizona Coyotes defenceman Zbynek Michalek, Detroit Red Wings forward Teemu Pulkkinen, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Gregory Campbell, Tampa Bay Lightning forwards Cory Conacher and Erik Condra, Los Angeles Kings blueliner Rob Scuderi, Montreal Canadiens goalie Mike Condon and Toronto Maple Leafs winger Colin Greening.
The Calgary Flames released forward Chris Higgins from his professional tryout contract, as did the Boston Bruins with defenseman Christian Ehrhoff.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pavelec and Parenteau were the notable surprises on this list. It was assumed the Jets would demote goalie Connor Hellebuyck, who is waiver exempt. Pavelec reportedly won’t fight the demotion and will report to the Jets farm team if he passes unclaimed through waivers. The Isles brought back Parenteau this summer on a one-year deal to skate alongside former linemate John Tavares. Evidently, that reunion failed to pan out as hoped.
PHILLY.COM: Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas received a six-game suspension for “a shoulder-to-head hit on Boston rookie Austin Czarnik in the third period Saturday night.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was only a matter of time until Gudas’ recklessness caught up with him. He’ll have to adjust his style of play to avoid future suspensions and much stiffer punishments.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Dallas Stars signed forward Lauri Korpikoski to a one-year, $1 million contract.
THE DENVER POST: Rene and Gabriel Bourque (unrelated) signed one-year deals with the Colorado Avalanche.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Forward Devin Setoguchi appears on the verge of starting this season with the Los Angeles Kings. He joined the Kings on a PTO contract in an attempt at an NHL comeback.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This could be a wonderful comeback tale for Setoguchi, whose NHL career was nearly derailed by alcoholism.