NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 11, 2017

by | Aug 11, 2017 | News, NHL | 4 comments

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray feels somewhat responsible for the departure of former Pens starter Marc-Andre Fleury.

Updates on Matt Murray, Jaromir Jagr, Zach Parise & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins goaltender Matt Murray hopes to have a long career like his departed teammate Marc-Andre Fleury, who was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the June expansion draft. He said his goal isn’t to fill Fleury’s shoes but to be the best player he can.

Murray also said he felt responsible to an extent for Fleury’s departure and acknowledged how the veteran helped him, saying he was going to miss Fleury every day. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Penguins obviously didn’t want to part ways with Fleury. However, it made sense to protect Murray, who was younger, more affordable and had backstopped Pittsburgh to consecutive Stanley Cup championships. Fleury’s departure also freed up over $5 million in annual salary-cap space for the Penguins, making it easier to re-sign restricted free agents Brian Dumoulin and Conor Sheary. 

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Former Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr is still looking for a new NHL team to play with in 2017-18. He said there’s been a couple of teams that’s shown some interest but nothing specific yet. Jagr also admitted being surprised by the difficulty he’s encountered in signing with another NHL club. He isn’t ruling out skating for Czech club Kladno (which he owns) until an NHL opportunity arises.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That could prove tricky if Jagr plays for Kladno when the NHL season officially begins. He could still sign with an NHL team after that, but would have to pass through waivers before joining his new team. 

TSN: Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise admitted last season’s 19-goal, 42-point performance “stunk”. He’s hopeful his offseason training will bring about better results in 2017-18. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That won’t be easy for Parise, who’s now 33 and hampered by various injuries in recent years. 

NBC SPORTS/TORONTO SUN: Columbus Blue Jackets center Alexander Wennberg and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Connor Brown remain unsigned, but the restricted free agents aren’t concerned. Both believe there’s plenty of time to get new deals done. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes forward Brad Richardson expects to be ready for training camp in September. He missed most of last season with a broken right tibia and fibula. 

THE WASHINGTON TIMES: The Verizon Center, home arena of the Washington Capitals, has been renamed Capital One Arena. 



  1. It’s hard not to like how Pittsburgh handled the Fleury Situation. From a pure asset management point of view they kept the younger, more affordable, and overall higher performing player, however they also did a lot to do right by Fleury in moving him to a place where he seemed to be comfortable going, managed to keep him for one last run, let him get used to the idea of leaving as much as possible, and all in all the cost turned out to be a steal as if you consider Fleury and owned rental, there was no rental that provided near the value Fleury did in the playoffs.

    It’s hard to balance being a player’s GM and doing what’s best from a business point of view, but Rutherford did so extremely well. Also, the results are pretty hard to argue against.

    • Forget younger, forget more affordable…Matt Murray is a better goalie, period.

      I wouldn’t trade Murray for any goalie in hockey.

  2. Let’s wait and see Murray actually play a full season before we get too carried away. Pittsburgh doesn’t even make it past the 2nd round this season without Fleury. His reward for all that was when the team takes a night off in front of him, he doesn’t see the net again. Awful handling of the on ice goaltending situation

    • No it really wasn’t. Murray was ready to play and he is the number one goalie. Plus they knew for months that MAF was going to Vegas but if he carried them all the way to a cup the fan base would have been even more ridiculous about letting him go. MAF ended his Pens career on top and no one can take that from him but it was and is Murray’s net. Until Jarry or Gustavson take it that is.