NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 8, 2017
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.