NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 21, 2017

by | Aug 21, 2017 | News, NHL | 3 comments

Pittsburgh Penguins star Evegni Malkin (left) likes his team’s chances of winning a third straight Stanley Cup title.

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.”

 








3 Comments

  1. Vegas could have literally had a playoff contender if they drafted the best available options. This was the greatest let down since my prom date passed out in the cab on our way to the after party.

    • They did draft best team. I feel you though. Me and prom date both are bad seafood and got sick

  2. The whole Vegas draft thing was a complete let down! What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas will definitely be the slogan for this team every time they hit the road! MAF will now stand for My Average Fell! And it won’t get up!