NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 15, 2016
Hall of Fame inductions, stars of the week, injury updates & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Eric Lindros, Rogie Vachon, Sergei Makarov and the late Pat Quinn were officially inducted last night into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Long overdue for all four. Lindros was the dominant player of the mid-1990s and might have achieved more success if multiple concussions hadn’t shortened his career. Vachon was one of the best goalies of the late-1960s and early 1970s, Makarov was one of the great Russian players of all time and Quinn one of the NHL’s great coaches.
Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele and Nashville Predators netminder Pekka Rinne are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Nov. 13.
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 34 saves, including 20 in the third period, and Nikita Kucherov had a goal and an assist as the Tampa Bay Lightning blanked the New York Islanders 4-0. Earlier in the day, the Isles learned defenseman Travis Hamonic was returning earlier than expected from a broken thumb, while blueliner Dennis Seidenberg doesn’t require surgery on his broken jaw. Meanwhile, Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman (day-to-day, upper-body injury) could miss the remainder of the club’s five-game road trip.
THE DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene (head injury) won’t play in tonight’s game against the LA Kings.
ESPN: Blindside hits and expansions rules are among the topics of discussion in today’s meeting of NHL general managers in Toronto.
TSN: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman doubts the team owners are willing to shut down the league to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics. The International Olympic Committee’s been unwilling to budge on its resistance to picking up out-of-pocket costs, such as travel and insurance, as it did in the previous five Winter Olympics
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s growing increasingly unlikely the NHL will fully participate in those Games. Some players, such as Washington’s Alex Ovechkin, could still insist on taking part. That could create some tension between the league and the NHL Players Association, and perhaps between some players and their respective NHL teams.
ARIZONA SPORTS: The Arizona Coyotes and Arizona State University are taking the first step toward the construction of a new 16,000-seat arena near the city of Tempe. While this is not an agreement to build on that site, there’s optimism the Coyotes can meet all the requirements for the construction to go through.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Facing financial pressures, Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League is considering cutting some teams.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Far too many KHL teams are supported by Russian oil oligarchs. The steep decline in oil prices over the last two years have plunged some of those teams deeply into debt.