NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 26, 2017
NHL Foundation Player Award nominees revealed, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NBC SPORTS: New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic and Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds are the finalists for the NHL’s Foundation Player Award, which honors the “NHL player who applies the core values of hockey – commitment, perseverance and teamwork – to enrich the lives of people in his community.”
BOSTON HERALD/CSNNE.COM: Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is open to signing a contract extension. He has a year remaining on his current contract. Center Patrice Bergeron faces offseason surgery for a sports hernia that plagued him throughout the season. Meanwhile, a sprained MCL in the right knee of defenseman Torey Krug sidelined him from his club’s opening-round series against the Boston Bruins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Chara, 40, obviously won’t get an expensive long-term extension comparable to his current deal. However, I can see him agreeing to a one-year extension worth $4 million. It could be a bonus-laden deal with a base salary around $2.5-$3 million that could take him up to $4 million.
THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture played in his club’s opening-round series against the Edmonton Oilers with two facial fractures.
TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild center Mikael Granlund played with a broken right hand suffered in Game 1 of his club’s first-round series against the St. Louis Blues.
NBC SPORTS: Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov revealed he suffered a high-ankle sprain back in mid-March.
THE ATHLETIC: Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Roman Polak revealed he suffered a broken bone in his lower-left leg during his club’s series against the Washington Capitals.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s become an annual spring tradition for NHL players to reveal the injuries they suffered once their clubs have been eliminated from the postseason.
CSN MID-ATLANTIC: Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner (upper-body injury) remains day-to-day for his club’s upcoming series with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
PHILLY.COM: Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Anthony Stolarz underwent surgery to repair a torn MCL in his right knee. He will likely be left unprotected in the June expansion draft, but his injury could make the Vegas Golden Knights reluctant to select him.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Chicago Blackhawks fired Rockford IceHogs coach Ted Dent.
TSN: The Vancouver Canucks will reportedly make Travis Green their new head coach. Green, a former NHL forward, has coached their AHL affiliate in Utica, NY for the past four seasons.