NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 29, 2017

by | May 29, 2017 | News, NHL | 6 comments

The 2017 Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins & Nashville Predators opens tonight.

The 2017 Stanley Cup Final begins tonight. Get the latest on the Penguins & Predators in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NBC SPORTS: Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is trying not to dwell on the possibility this could be his last playoff series with the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Because of the expansion draft, it’s widely assumed the Penguins could ask Fleury to waive his no-movement clause to allow them to protect Matt Murray. They could also attempt to trade him or buy out the remaining two seasons of his contract prior to the June 17 deadline for submitting lists of protected players to the league. 

TSN: Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist (lower-body injury) will be a game-day decision for Game 1 of the Cup Final. 

THE TENNESSEAN: Hornqvist and James Neal were traded for each other three years ago. The deal benefited the Penguins and Predators as both became invaluable contributors. 

Predators captain Mike Fisher (undisclosed injury) has been medically cleared to play in Game 1. Forward Craig Smith (lower-body) could also be ready to play tonight. 

SPORTSNET: Former NHL enforcer and 2016 NHL All-Star Game MVP John Scott had harsh words for the Predators’ P.K. Subban in a video documentary about the flamboyant defenseman. “I don’t like him. I think on the ice, he’s a piece of garbage,” Scott said. He claims Subban is perceived as a hot shot who thinks he’s better than everyone else. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As Steve Dangle noted in his reaction to this yesterday, there has to be more context to this quote as it seems out of place. 



  1. Re the Subban comment – all you have to do is consider the source. Who cares what that clown thinks?

  2. I’m sure P.K.’s response would be along the lines of “in order for you to insult me, I would first have to value your opinion.”

  3. Preps have the best top 4 defense corps in the league and PK is a big part of that.

  4. From everything i’ve been reading there isn’t much credit being given to the Penguins almost sounds like it should be a 4 game sweep for the Preds. I’m taking Pittsburgh to win this in 6.

    • i’m with you – Burgh in 5 or 6

      So this may be a stupid question. If a player is bought out and then signs with a new team, does he get both salaries?
      So is MAF is bought out and then signs with say Calgary for 4 mil. Does he get 4 million plus all his buy out monies? Any compensation going to Pittsburgh? any other variables?

      • Yes you get your salary if you are bought out, NHL contracts are guaranteed.