NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 21, 2017
Marian Hossa could face retirement, early NHL award winners & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: cites a Sportsnet report claiming Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa could be forced to retire due to an allergy to his hockey equipment that he’s been battling for some time. A statement from Hossa or the Blackhawks on this situation could come as early as today.
The 38-year-old Hossa has four seasons remaining on his contract. If he retires, the Blackhawks would face salary-cap recapture penalties but they could avoid this by placing him on long-term injured reserve.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This could bring an end to a very prolific NHL career. Hossa has Hall of Fame worthy numbers (525 goals, 609 assists, 1,134 points) and helped the Blackhawks win three Stanley Cup titles in 2010, 2013 and 2015.
**UPDATE** Hossa and the Blackhawks announced this morning he will not play in 2017-18. He has not announced his retirement. This means the Blackhawks can place him on LTIR for the upcoming season.
CBC.CA: Columbus Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno received the King Clancy Memorial Trophy and the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award. New York Islanders defenceman Travis Hamonic accepted the NHL Foundation Player Award.
NBC SPORTS: The NHL will honor Bryan Bickell at tonight’s awards show. Bickell’s career was cut short by multiple sclerosis.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury had what is expected to be his final farewell with Penguins fans yesterday during a personal appearance at a local sporting goods store. It’s believed Fleury will be selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in tonight’s NHL expansion draft.
NBC SPORTS: Speaking of the Penguins, general manager Jim Rutherford told his pending unrestricted free agents to test the upcoming free-agent market. Once they determine their market value, they can come back and negotiate with the Penguins. Those free agents include Nick Bonino, Trevor Daley, Chris Kunitz and Ron Hainsey.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres are not planning to bring back assistant coaches Terry Murray, Bob Woods and Tom Ward.
OTTAWA SUN: Tickets for the Montreal Canadiens-Ottawa Senators outdoor game on Dec. 16 at Landsdowne Park in Ottawa will be expensive. The prices could run from between $129-$499.00 (Cdn) each.
YAHOO SPORTS: The NHL new Adidas-made jerseys were unveiled yesterday.