NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 9, 2017
NHL releases preseason schedule, Blackhawks analyst Ed Olczyk battling cancer, update on Andreas Athanasiou & more in your morning coffee headlines.
NHL.com: The preseason schedule has been released. Notable games include the Vegas Golden Knights playing their first-ever game when they face the Canucks in Vancouver (Sept. 17). The Canucks and Los Angeles Kings will play two games against each other in China (Sept. 21 and 23).
The Detroit Red Wings will play their first game in Little Caesars Arena when they host the Boston Bruins on Sept. 23. On Sept. 25, the New Jersey Devils and Ottawa Senators will face off at Credit Union Place in Summerside, PEI.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks TV analyst and former NHL player Ed Olczyk announced yesterday he’s battling colon cancer. While he’ll likely miss the start of the season, the 50-year-old Olczyk expects to resume his duties once his treatment is completed.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes for a swift and complete recovery.
MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said he remains in constant discussions with restricted free agent winger Andreas Athanasiou. The Wings lack of salary-cap space has thus far prevented Holland from re-signing Athanasiou.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have more on the Wings’ cap situation later this morning in my Rumors section.
NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders re-signed forward Stephen Gionta to a one-year, two-way contract. He’ll earn $650K at the NHL level.
NHL.COM: The New Jersey Devils entered into a one-year affiliation agreement with the ECHL’s Adirondack Thunder.
USA TODAY: ESPN is getting back into the hockey market via BAMTech. Disney, the network’s parent corporation, has acquired a majority stake in the streaming service.
ARIZONA SPORTS: The first batch of Arizona Coyotes single-game tickets go on sale Aug. 17.