NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 29, 2017
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.