NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 13, 2017
Hockey world remembers Bryan Murray. Details and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Former Ottawa Senators coach and general manager Bryan Murray passed away Saturday at age 74 from colon cancer.
“Murray was GM of the Detroit Red Wings (1990-94), Florida Panthers (1994-98), Anaheim Ducks (2001-04) and Ottawa Senators (2007-16), and coached the Washington Capitals (1981-90), Red Wings (1990-93), Panthers (1997-98), Ducks (2001-02) and Senators (2005-08).”
In 1984, he won the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year. He had a hand in building the Red Wings and Ducks into future Stanley Cup champions. He also quickly turned the Panthers from an expansion team into a Cup finalist, earning NHL Executive of the Year honors in 1996. He also coached the Senators to the 2007 Cup Final.
A number of NHL general managers and players, including Senators players Erik Karlsson and Craig Anderson, Nashville Predators GM David Poile, Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher, Calgary Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke and NHL analyst and former goalie Kevin Weekes, expressed their condolences on Murray’s passing.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yesterday was indeed a sad day for hockey. Murray never won a Stanley Cup but certainly had a hand in helping the Red Wings and Ducks build their eventual championship teams. He mentored many players and future hockey executives. Hopefully, he will one day be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Wayne Gretzky believes the expansion Vegas Golden Knights have the strong, good, solid ownership and management to make the club a success on and off the ice.
THE TENNESSEAN: Karl Subban has a book coming out revealing how his son’s Pernell Karl (P.K.), Malcolm and Jordan achieved their various levels of success in hockey.
THE HOCKEY NEWS: Arizona Coyotes center Clayton Keller tops Mark Larkin’s top-ten list of 2017-18 Calder Trophy candidates.
NBC SPORTS: The Detroit Red Wings and the NHL strongly condemned the use of the Wings logo by several white supremacists during their “Unite the Right” rally yesterday in Charlottesville, VA.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I hope the league and the Wings sue them for all they’re worth.