NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 21, 2017
Latest on Evgeni Malkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Jonathan Drouin & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NBC SPORTS: Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin believes his club has the tools to win a third consecutive Stanley Cup. He notes the club kept its core intact and singles out captain Sidney Crosby’s work ethic.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Winning consecutive championships is very difficult in today’s NHL, but the Penguins managed it this past season. If they do win three in a row, they’ll be the first team since the 1981-82 New York Islanders to accomplish that feat.
SPORTSNET: Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan recently told The Boston Globe the NHL’s new iPad system played a key role in his club’s championship march last season. The system broadcasts real-time replays to each team’s bench, allowing them to review on-ice events more quickly.
CSN MIDATLANTIC: Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov believes the club’s off-season roster turnover is a good thing, injecting more youth into the lineup.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Critics might suggest Kuznetsov is being overly optimistic, but the potential addition of promising youngsters such as forward Jakub Vrana and defenseman Christian Djoos could give the Caps a positive jolt.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Jonathan Drouin joins the NFL’s Roberto Aguayo and MLB’s Tim Beckham as three former Tampa Bay pro athletes who could return to haunt their former teams this year.
NHL.COM: Gerard Gallant embraces the challenge of coaching the Vegas Golden Knights in their inaugural season. “I knew we were going to have a pretty decent team, but the team was better than I thought,” Gallant said. “I thought we got better top-end players than I thought we’d get.”