NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 27, 2017
Notable Stanley Cup Final storylines, Dmitry Orlov talking to KHL team & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.com: The Pittsburgh Penguins’ push to repeat as Stanley Cup champions and the Nashville Predators’ first-ever push for a championship tops Dan Rosen’s list of his top-10 story lines for the upcoming Stanley Cup Final.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: “For the first time, two American coaches — the Penguins’ Mike Sullivan and Nashville’s Peter Laviolette — will coach against each other for hockey’s ultimate prize.”
THE TENNESSEAN: The city of Nashville awaits its first national championship.
CSN MID-ATLANTIC: Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov is reportedly in talks with KHL team CSKA Moscow, but J.J. Regan is doubtful the restricted free agent will return to Russia.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I concur with Regan’s take that Orlov is using this as a bargaining chip in his contract negotiations with the Capitals. Given the KHL’s financial woes, the Capitals can offer him far more financial security.
SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman reports the Colorado Avalanche’s window of opportunity to sign Toronto Maple Leafs assistant general manager Kyle Dubas appears to be closed now.
WGR 550: The Buffalo Sabres “relieved Dan Lambert of his duties as head coach of the Rochester Americans (AHL).”