NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 29, 2017

by | Aug 29, 2017 | News, NHL | 10 comments

Philadelphia Flyers to retire Eric Lindros’ No. 88.

Hall of Famers Eric Lindros & Jean Ratelle to have their numbers retired. Details & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

CSN PHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers will retire Eric Lindros’ No. 88 in a ceremony on Jan. 18 at the Wells Fargo Center prior to their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Lindros spent eight of his 13 NHL seasons with the Flyers (1992-93 to 1999-2000) and had his best years in Philadelphia. 

NEW YORK POST: The New York Rangers will retire Jean Ratelle’s No. 19 in a pregame ceremony at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 25 against the Detroit Red Wings. Ratelle played for the Rangers from 1960 to 1975 and is the club’s third-leading all time scorer (817 points). In 1975, he was traded to the Boston Bruins, playing for them until his retirement in 1981. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Well deserved honors for both Hall of Famers, and long overdue in Ratelle’s case. 

CALGARY SUN: The Flames signed defenseman Brett Kulak to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650K at the NHL level.

SPORTSNET: Russian winger Danis Zaripov has been cleared to pursue an NHL contract. He was banned by the KHL and the International Ice Hockey Federation for doping, but wouldn’t have been banned under NHL rules. He also wasn’t allowed to testify at the hearing for his initial ban. Zaripov is appealing his IIHF ban and agreed to additional drug testing if he signs an NHL contract. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It appears the offending drug Zaripov is accused of using is pseudoephedrine, which is a nasal decongestant. In large doses, however, it can be a stimulant. The Vegas Golden Knights and New York Rangers are rumored to be among the clubs that could pursue him. 

WGR 550: Seven  Buffalo Sabres will have new numbers for the upcoming season. 



  1. #19; many greats have worn this number! Larry Robinson, Joe Sakic, Brad Richards, Bryan Trottier, Paul Henderson, Steve Yzerman, Jean Ratelle. I am sure there are more. Good for Ratelle.

    Glad to see Lindros get his due. Bobby Clarke was an ass to him but Eric showed class in his dealings with Clark. Not that Eric always showed class either but he seemed to grow up in that situation. He was fun to watch and a true “Flyer” in my opinion.

    • Clarke was a prime a-hole period. Remember his “we didn’t give him cancer” in reference to Roger Neilson?

      • Yes I do, what a grease bag! No irony that he also a troubled history with Paul Henderson; one of the great #19s I referenced. Probably not a stretch to suggest that a few others on that list didn’t like him either.

        It is well documented the disrespect shown to Russian in the 72 series didn’t sit well with Henderson. He chose to best them on the scoreboard, at a pace he never reached in his playing career, and has been a hickey icon since. #19; all who where it seem to where it well. I am sure there is the odd jerk who wore it to.

        Bill Masterton wore it also did he not? And now there is an award named after him.

      • Hockey icon! Not hickey! Haha. Couple other typos on there too! Sheesh not my day!

      • A few more pretty good # 19s – Shane Doan, Markus Naslund, and Joe Thornton. As for jerks who wore the number, at the top of any list would have to be Alexei Yashin.

    • Richards & Henderson were hardly greats lol

      Henderson in ’72 does not make him a great IMO.

  2. It’s ironic that Vegas and NY would be interested. There would be plenty of “nasal decongestants” available in those two locales.

    • LOL

  3. Why in the world would NY be interested in yet another winger?

  4. Another #19; Jonathan Toews, how could you forget him!