NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 29, 2017
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.