NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 7, 2017
Updates on the Predators and Penguins, Derick Brassard, Luke Glendening & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
THE TENNESSEAN: The upcoming expansion draft could cost the Nashville Predators a good young player. The surprising performance of Preds such as Colton Sissons, Calle Jarnkrok, Pontus Aberg and Austin Watson in the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs could give the Vegas Golden Knights a wider selection of talent to choose from.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless Predators general manager David Poile can swing a deal to ensure none of those players get selected by the Golden Knights, one of them will belong to Vegas by June 21. it’s expected Poile will protect four defensemen (P.K. Subban, Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis and Mattias Ekholm) and four forwards ( Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson, Ryan Johansen and perhaps James Neal). Poile could broaden his list of protected forwards to seven by exposing three d-men but I doubt he’s keen to break up his blueline’s big four.
TSN: Darren Dreger speculates this season could be the last for Predators captain Mike Fisher. He’s now 37 years old and an unrestricted free agent at season’s end. He and his wife, country music star Carrie Underwood, make their home in Nashville and Dreger doubts he’d move on if the Predators don’t re-sign him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It wouldn’t surprise me if Fisher retires at the end of this season (especially if Nashville wins the Stanley Cup) and takes a position in the Predators’ front office.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan isn’t putting the blame for his club’s losses in Games 3 and 4 upon goaltender Matt Murray. He also dismissed a rumor claiming there’s a slight chance sidelined defenseman Kris Letang could return in this series.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators center Derick Brassard underwent successful surgery on his right shoulder on Tuesday and faces a four-to-five month recovery period.
THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings center Luke Glendening underwent ankle surgery on Monday and is expected to require three-to-four months to recover.
NBC SPORTS: Former NHL forward Wojtek Wolski is back on the ice after suffering a serious neck injury during a KHL game last October.