NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 28, 2017
NHL unveils remainder of their 100 greatest players to start All-Star weekend. Reaction and more in your morning headlines.
NHL.COM: On Friday, the NHL unveiled the remaining 67 of its 100 greatest players at a gala event in Los Angeles to kick off the start of the All-Star weekend. They were all players who played predominantly from 1967 to the present. The list included such greats as Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, as well as current active stars such as Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and Jaromir Jagr.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: You can see the complete list of the top 100, as well as bios of the players, by following the above link.
For the players being honored, meeting and chatting backstage before the gala left them in awe of each other. Many of the younger players were honored to be mixing with their idols, who were in turn thrilled to meet them.
ESPN.COM: Gretzky, Orr and Lemieux agreed that the greatest player of all time was Gordie Howe, who passed away last June at age 88. Among active players, Gretzky and Lemieux consider Crosby the best in the league right now. “Until someone knocks him off the castle, that’s the way it’s going to be,” said Gretzky.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: “Mr. Hockey” may no longer be with us, but his legend still looms large over the NHL.
NBC SPORTS: Pierre Pilote, Dale Hawerchuk and MIchel Goulet were among some of the notable Hockey Hall of Famers who were not part of the 100 greatest, while active stars such as Joe Thornton, Evgeni Malkin and Zdeno Chara were also passed over.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s very difficult to come up with a list of the 100 greatest players of all time. For every slam dunk selection such as Howe, Orr and Gretzky, there will be several worthy candidates who fail to make the cut. Every fan will have a favorite star they believe merits inclusion over others.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators goaltender Craig Anderson could return to action early next week. Anderson had taken a leave of absence to be with his wife Nicholle, who’s completed treatment for throat cancer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Good news for the Senators, and here’s hoping Nicholle Anderson make a complete recovery.
TVA SPORTS: Renaud Lavoie reports the Tampa Bay Lightning placed Gabriel Dumont and Michael Bournival on waivers.