NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 31, 2017
Stars of the week, Rangers re-sign Vigneault, Isles re-sign Greiss & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
ESPN.COM: Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds, San Jose Sharks left wing Patrick Marleau and Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen are the NHL stars for the week ending January 29, 2017.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers center Mika Zibanejad, a Swede whose father is Iranian, could be affected by President Trump’s travel ban. His father lives in the United States on a green card, but the center’s grandmother, aunts and eight cousins live in Iran.
“It’s unfortunate that it’s been very hard to kind of find a way to see them, an easy way for both parts,” he said. “Obviously being here now and living here doesn’t make it easier. That sucks, but I can’t comment more of how things are. Right now it just sucks. The more further this goes and we see what kind of solution we come to, then it’s easier to kind of comment on.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While the ban probably won’t affect Zibanejad’s ability to play NHL hockey, it could have consequences for members of his family. His comments pretty much sum up my own feelings on the matter.
NEW YORK POST: The Rangers have re-signed head coach Alain Vigneault to a two-year contract extension through 2019-20 with a raise in pay.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: it’s understandable why they did this. As the Post noted, Vigneault has a record of 175-97-23 (.632) that includes a trip to the 2014 Cup final and the 2014-15 Presidents’ Trophy.”
BLOOMBERG: Sources claim Barclays Center could part ways with the New York Islanders after 2018-19. Neither side would comment.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Newsday reports the Isles owners spoke with Nassau County executive Edward Mangano last November about a possible return to Nassau Coliseum. Newsday’s Arthur Staple also reported the following on Twitter: “Doesn’t appear that there’s any plan for Barclays to send the
#Isles packing. Will they talk? Sure. But far from decided.”
NEWSDAY: The Islanders yesterday announced the re-signing of goaltender Thomas Greiss to a three-year, $10 million contract extension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like the Isles decided Greiss will be their starting goalie going forward. His new deal (worth an average cap hit of $3.33 million annually) is reasonable in dollars and term. Last spring, he backstopped them to their first playoff series victory since 1993 and wrested the starter’s job away from the now-demoted Jaroslav Halak. This season, he’s won 14 of 24 starts, with a 2.25 goals-against average, a .928 save percentage and two shutouts.
NBC SPORTS: The Montreal Canadiens placed defenseman Zach Redmond on waivers.
LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: The Kings placed defenseman Matt Greene (undisclosed) on injured reserve.
MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers fans will have a chance to meet WWE Hall of Famer Ricky Steamboat and former pro wrestling stars Christian and Tommy Dreamer at the Panthers’ first Pro Wrestling Night this Thursday when the club faces the LA Kings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As a long-time wrasslin’ fan, that’s a gimmick I can get behind!