NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 12, 2017
2017 Draft Lottery date set plus updates on Joe Thornton, Logan Couture, Artem Anisimov & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The 2017 NHL Draft Lottery will be held on Saturday, April 29. The Colorado Avalanche have the best odds (18.0 %) of winning the first-overall pick. The Vancouver Canucks have a 12.1% of winning and the Vegas Golden Knights a 10.3 percent chance.
THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton (knee injury) said he’s day-to-day for his club’s first-round series against the Edmonton Oilers, which begins tonight. Sharks forward Logan Couture, who’s dealing with a painful mouth injury that makes breathing painful, also hopes to play in the series. He faces dental surgery later this spring and could have seven or eight teeth removed and/or replaced.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov is ready to play in his club’s opening-round series against the Nashville Predators. He missed the final 13 regular-season games with a lower-leg injury. Meanwhile, the Hawks announced defenseman Michal Rozsival underwent surgery yesterday to repair facial fractures.
OTTAWA SUN: Sidelined Senators defenseman Marc Methot (fractured finger) could play in Game 1 of his club’s opening-round series against the Boston Bruins tonight.
NEW YORK POST: The Rangers intend to make defenseman Kevin Klein a healthy scratch for their opening game of their first-round series tonight against the Montreal Canadiens.
LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: Rob Blake, the new general manager of the Los Angeles Kings, intends to make hiring a new head coach a priority. The club fired former bench boss Darryl Sutter on Monday. Blake didn’t say who he has in mind but prefers someone with NHL experience. He hasn’t yet spoken with current assistant coaches Davis Payne and John Stevens.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings ownership remains confident in general manager Ken Holland and head coach Jeff Blashill.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some folks look at a vote of confidence as merely the first step toward an inevitable firing, but don’t expect Holland or Blashill to be replaced this summer. Wings ownership will remains patient with them for next season.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth said he suffered a concussion when he collapsed to the ice in an April 1 game against the New Jersey Devils. Apart from “little headaches”, he insists he’s feeling fine. Neuvirth blamed his collapse on battling the flu and a sinus infection.
NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils head coach John Hynes job appears safe but he could have some new assistant coaches next season.