NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 4, 2017

by | Aug 4, 2017 | News, NHL | 12 comments

Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher announces his retirement.

Mike Fisher retires plus updates on Nate Schmidt, Jakob Chychrun and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

THE TENNESSEAN: After 17 NHL seasons, Nashville Predators captain Mike Fisher yesterday announced his retirement. He thanked the fans and the city of Nashville for supporting him and his teammates, especially during their march to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.

A well-respected player, Fisher’s announcement drew reaction on social media from fans, pundits, players and his wife, country star Carrie Underwood. He was also well regarded in Ottawa, where he spent 11 seasons with the Senators. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In 1,088 NHL games with the Senators and Predators, Fisher scored 276 goals and added 309 assists for 585 points. He also tallied 51 points in 134 playoff games. In his prime, he was an excellent two-way center, though his playing style had him dogged by injuries throughout his career.

Fisher was also a highly-regarded player who was involved in community activities, first in Ottawa and then in Nashville. A devout Christian, he was one of hockey’s good guys and it wouldn’t be surprising if he goes on to work for the Predators in some capacity. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights and defenseman Nate Schmidt went through salary arbitration yesterday and await the arbiter’s decision on Saturday. There’s still time for the two sides to work out a deal before then. Schmidt’s agent said his client handled it well and both sides were “very professional” in the hearing. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Detroit Red Wings and Tomas Tatar also went through the process last month and settled before the arbiter’s ruling. It’ll be interesting to see how Schmidt’s situation shakes out. 

AZCENTRAL.COM: Bad news for the Arizona Coyotes, as defenseman Jakob Chychrun is sidelined indefinitely following surgery to repair a knee injury he suffered during offseason training. A further update is expected when training camp opens on Sept. 14. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Chychrun, 19, has a promising NHL debut last season, with 20 points 68 games. I’ll have more on this later this morning in my Rumors section. 

CALGARY SUN: The Flames promoted pro scout Don Maloney to assistant general manager. He was executive vice president, general manager, and alternate governor of the Coyotes until last summer. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Former IOC member Dick Pound slammed the NHL’s decision not to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

BSN DENVER: ESPN Sportscenter anchor John Buccigross is optimistic the NHL could return to his network when the league’s current contract with NBC Sports expires in three years time. 



  1. Goals assists or points is a bit off there Lyle.

    Good morning!😃

  2. Mike Fisher was a solid player, undervalued for many years. But I wonder why you put “devout Christian” in the same sentence as “Good guy”…there is no real necessity of connecting the two. Please don’t start introducing religion into the hockey world the way the US pours it into NFL and other leagues. We don’t want goal scorers thanking God too, as if He?she?it? has nothing better to do than fix up scoring opps for hockey players!!

    • Not the right platform for you to state your beliefs Jon…

      I’m sure Lyles means nothing other than it reads, that Mike Fisher is a devout Christian as well as a good guy.

      • Exactly, Dan. Fisher could be devout in any faith or none at all and he’d still be a good guy.

    • Take a breath.

      • Totally agree. Seems like something really silly to get upset about.

        Best wishes to Fishers next endeavour. He always seemed like a class act.

  3. Mike Fisher is still much loved here in Ottawa, he was a heart and soul player. Great role model and top notch work ethic both on and off the ice. Lots of heart warming stories on how he gave back to the community. He also had an awesome mentor in Roger Neilson.

  4. A little surprised to see him retire after being so close to the cup, but in regards to his life situation, Fisher had little reason to risk more injuries that would effect his later days. Godspeed to him.

  5. i’m not sure of my feelings for NHL on ESPN. Sure the league could use the exposure, as NBCSN still isn’t available in most hotels, at the very least. But ESPN would just play the majority of the NHL games on ESPN2, 3, U, etc, with the odd game on ABC. That’s why the NHL left them in the first place. At least NHL games seem to get first priority on NBCSN

  6. Mike Fisher’s draft, 1998, had a group of terrific late-round surprises. Fisher was the 44th pick and played 1088 games in the NHL. Mike Ribeiro was the 45th pick and has played 1074 games to date. The third round star was Brad Richards, #64, with 1126 games; round 4, it was Shawn Horcoff, #99, with 1008 games; round 5, Jaroslav Spacek, #117, 880 games; and possibly the best sixth round in draft history, Chris Neil at #161 has played 1026 games, right behind him came Andre Markov with 990 games,and likely the best player in the entire draft came at #171, the great Pavel Datsyuk.
    These are the types of picks that justify scouting staffs and give fans hope for the future.
    Not a bad team after 43 picks in the draft, is it?
    By the way, I would add the Leaf picks that year but it’s too depressing.

  7. With Mike Fisher retiring does this put more pressure on the Nashville GM to swing a deal for Duchene?

    • Probably not. I know Poile was keen to pursue Duchene but he’s unwilling to part with any of his top-four defensemen. As long as the Avs seek one of those, Poile isn’t interested.