NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 18, 2017
Updates on Travis Zajac, Mike Fisher, Zemgus Girgensons & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac underwent surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle and will be sidelined four-to-six months.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is a significant blow for the Devils’ offense. I’ll have more on how they could address Zajac’s absence later this morning in the Rumors section.
THE TENNESSEAN: Now-retired Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher will be honored for his community work.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres yesterday signed restricted free agent forward Zemgus Girgensons to a two-year, $3.2 million contract. The annual average value is $1.6 million.
WGR 550: Speaking of the Sabres, they also announced their pricing for single-game tickets for the upcoming season, which go on sale on Sept. 16. Mini-packs go on sale on Aug.23.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: During a recent meeting with season-ticket holders, Kings executives Rob Blake and Luc Robitaille expressed confidence that their club will improve under a new offensive plan this season. Blake also cited a lack of affordable young talent as a reason why the club didn’t make a big splash in this summer’s free-agent market. He also said winger Marian Gaborik is progressing with a non-surgical procedure on his knee but isn’t sure when he’ll return to the lineup.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Blake also alluded the club’s salary-cap limitations – a hangover from the previous management – as a factor that hampered efforts to bolster their offense. Oft-injured winger Mike Cammalleri and backup goalie Darcy Kuemper were their only notable UFA signings. They have little choice but to look to within and hope a change in their system can improve their production.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning winger J.T. Brown donated $1,500.00 to remove a Confederate statue in downtown Tampa Bay. The Lightning, along with MLB’s Tampa Bay Rays and the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, raised the necessary $140K in private donations within 24 hours to have the statue removed.