NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 5, 2016

by | Oct 5, 2016 | News, NHL | 5 comments


Duncan Keith back in action for the Chicago Blackhawks following offseason knee surgery.

Duncan Keith back in action for the Chicago Blackhawks following offseason knee surgery.

Updates on Duncan Keith, Jamie Benn, Justin Abdelkader & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

For the latest preseason scores, head to NHL.com.

CSN CHICAGO:  In his first preseason game since undergoing offseason knee surgery, Duncan Keith set up two goals as the Chicago Blackhawks trounced the Detroit Red Wings 6-1. 

DALLAS MORNING NEWS:  Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn picked up an assist in his club’s 2-1 preseason victory over the Florida Panthers. It was Benn’s first game since undergoing offseason core muscle surgery. 

DETROIT FREE PRESS:  The Red Wings named Justin Abdelkader as an assistant captain. He replaces Pavel Datsyuk, who retired from the NHL to play out his career in Russia. 

PHILLY.COM:  Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas won’t receive a disciplinary hearing for boarding New York Rangers winger Jimmy Vesey in a recent preseason game, Gudas received a game misconduct for the hit. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  The fact Vesey continued to play likely factored into that decision. Still, Gudas was fortunate to avoid a suspension. He has a previous three-game suspension and a fine on his resume. 

NJ.COM: Former New Jersey Devils forward Scott Gomez is joining the NHL Network as a studio analyst. 

THE PROVINCE:  Former Vancouver Canucks 2008 first round pick Cody Hodgson has retired. In nearly six NHL seasons with the Canucks, Buffalo Sabres and Nashville Predators, the 26-year-old center netted 142 points in 328 games. His best season came in 2013-14 with the Sabres, scoring 20 goals and 24 assists for 44 points. He will be working in the Predators young hockey program. 


  1. It amazes me that Gudas gets nothing, Harlmarsson misses a regular season game. I realize the idea is to stop all head hits and everyone is watching to prevent them, but his target ducked lower and he is not a guy with a nasty edge looking to injure…he finished his motion. Sure supend but let’s try and be consistent…

    • Vesey put himself in a dangerous position at the last second. A similar scenario to Callahan’s hit on Letang that also went unpunished.

    • Vesey was never not facing the boards on that play but Gudas hit last vs the Rangers was far worse. Gudas could of plastered Vesey even harder…

  2. Hodgson retires. Goes to show all you arm chair GMs out there that sometimes highly touted prospects don’t work out.This is a perfect examole of why I SMH when people say they would not trade prospect so and so for a player who has already established himself as an NHLer.
    Good luck Cody.

    • Not bad gig tho made a nice liviving for a few years settle down in the Nashville area and coach kids.