NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 25, 2017
Masterton Trophy finalists revealed plus latest on Joe Thornton, Matt Murray, Cam Fowler & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson, Anaheim Ducks left wing Andrew Cogliano and Carolina Hurricanes forward Derek Ryan are the finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which honors perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE/NBC SPORTS: The Penguins are hopeful winger Carl Hagelin (lower-body injury) will return to action in his club’s upcoming series with the Washington Capitals. The outlook for goaltender Matt Murray (lower body) is less promising, as he’s yet to begin skating.
EDMONTON SUN: Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler (sprained right knee) is expected to return for Game 1 of his club’s upcoming series with the Edmonton Oilers.
THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton played with torn ligaments in his left knee during his club’s opening-round series against the Oilers. With the Sharks season now ended, Thornton will undergo surgery to repair the damage.
NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders re-signed defenseman Dennis Seidenberg to a one-year, $1.25-million.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks yesterday fired assistant coach Mike Kitchen.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This move is perceived as a signal for head coach Joel Quenneville, who wasn’t informed about this move beforehand and apparently isn’t pleased about it. Quenneville won’t be fired but it’s clear that management wants improvement next season.
ESPN.COM: Los Angeles Kings general manager Rob Blake said winger Marian Gaborik won’t be bought out of the remainder of his contract. Gaborik underwent an unspecified medical procedure following the season and won’t be healthy until training camp or beyond, but the club will welcome him back.
NBC SPORTS/ESPN.COM: Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold confirmed Chuck Fletcher will return as the club’s general manager. Speaking of the Wild, center Eric Staal was diagnosed with a concussion after crashing headfirst into the end boards during the Wild’s final playoff game against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.