NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 8, 2017

by | Aug 8, 2017 | News, NHL | 7 comments

Despite NHL ban, Alex Ovechkin still hopeful of playing for Russia in 2018 Winter Olympics.

Players with NHL contracts banned from Olympics plus updates on Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

SPORTSNET: The NHL has decreed that players on active NHL contracts, including those on two-way deals or loaned to minor-league affiliates won’t be allowed to play with their national teams in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Players on AHL contracts will be allowed to take part. Those on NHL contracts playing in Europe or those loaned to European teams will not be prevented from participating in the Olympics. 

THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin remains hopeful he’ll still be allowed to play for Russia in Pyeongchang. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ovechkin believes there’s still a chance NHL players could  take part in the 2018 Olympics. However, the league’s recent announcement makes it clear that’s not the case.

Unless there’s a last-minute negotiation between the NHL and NHLPA  on this issue, perhaps the only way Ovechkin (or any other NHL player under an active contract) can participate in the Pyeongchang Games is to announce their NHL retirement. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby celebrated his 30th birthday by parading the Stanley Cup through the streets of Halifax, Nova Scotia and Rimouski, Quebec. 

SPORTING NEWS: Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux acknowledged things didn’t go well for he and his teammates last season. “As a group, we have to learn from that. The only way to get better is to get motivated and move forward.” While noting the Flyers roster is getting younger, Giroux believes they can reach the playoffs. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights are looking for anthem singers for their home games.



  1. With all of those talented headliners in Vegas, I can’t imagine they would have a problem finding anthem singers.

  2. What is the NHL prepared to do if someone like Ovechkin says he’s going anyway? Are they prepared to send a message to the players by suspending him through the remainder of the season? Will Ted Leonsis be okay with that?

    This is laying some serious groundwork for another contentious relationship between the league and the players.

    At the end of the day this decision looks bad on the league.

    • chaas, I had the same question. If Ovechkin is the only guy, he is out of luck. If, however, a group of other star players join him in leaving for the Olympics, the NHL is screwed. That said, with the current tensions in the region, the Olympics may pose a concern regarding North Korean actions….

    • Actually the IOC is to blame for this mess. Greed as usual reared it’s ugly head & killed Olympic participation.

      The ground work for contentious relations already exists. Another lock out is coming, many players are better prepared as they have guaranteed signing bouns monies, 150 mil & growing for what should be the lock out season, 2021-22.

      I anticipate we lose at least a full season. Just a question of whether the NHLPA wants to opt out early as allowed under the current CBA, the NHL won’t opt out early, the players doing so would shock me as well but most of what they do surprises me regardless.

  3. When it comes to soccer – much bigger on the world stage than hockey by the proverbial country mile – the players must be 23 or under to compete in the Olympics. Why not go that route in which case Olympic teams could augment their rosters with their best junior-age players available?

  4. As much as I like the best against the best I hate the NHL shutting down for 2+ weeks. Would far prefer they participate in the summer Olympics so as not to interfere with the season, although highly unlikely the IOC would sign off on that.

    I liked the World Cup of Hockey, the games were awesome to watch, it just needs time to build a presence although I assume greed will kill that tournament to & it will be lost in a power struggle between the NHL & NHLPA.

    The 87 Canada Cup was still my favorite tournament of all time & I love the WJC’s every Christmas. If the NHL goes to the Olympics great, if not I don’t really care.

  5. The NHL will be back in the Olympics, in 2022. The Chinese market is simply too large for Bettman and the NHL owners and their greed, to resist. Already, the Bruins have a contingent of players in China (including Pastrnak), giving clinics and making various PR appearances. The market isn’t large enough in South Korea, so they walk away. In the end, it comes down to market and future market potential for the sport, money and a certain amount of greed. In the end, you can’t blame them, I suppose, because the market potential is so large in China.