NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 16, 2017

by | Aug 16, 2017 | News, NHL

Don’t worry, Oilers fans, Leon Draisaitl will eventually re-sign with your club.

Check out the latest in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

SPORTSNET: Be it on a long-term contract or a short-term bridge deal, Mark Spector believes restricted free agent forward Leon Draisaitl will be re-signed by the Edmonton Oilers. Spector doesn’t see the two sides parting way and feels Draisaitl’s best chance to win a Stanley Cup is with the Oilers. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: When there’s a lack of real hockey news at this time of year, it’s normal for fans and pundits to wonder about the status of notable unsigned restricted free agents. Sometimes, speculation arises suggesting the player could be traded but I don’t see it happening with Draisaitl. He and Connor McDavid give the Oilers the biggest one-two punch since Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier were in their 1980s heyday. It’ll be expensive to retain Draisaitl, but he’s not going anywhere. I expect he’ll be re-signed before training camp opens next month. 

DETROIT FREE PRESS: For the Red Wings to be competitive in 2017-18, they’ll need a more consistent effort from winger Gustav Nyquist. 

NEW YORK POST: “Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, looking to protect a $165 million investment in the Nassau Coliseum, is pressuring the New York Islanders to play a significant number of games at the Long Island arena in the 2018-2019 season.”

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Dave Goucher, Shane Hnidy and Dan D’Uva will be the broadcast team for the Vegas Golden Knights.