NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 10, 2017
Latest on Rick Nash, Chris Kelly, Alex Chiasson and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NBC SPORTS: Entering the final year of his eight-year contract, New York Rangers winger Rick Nash knows this coming season is an important one for him. With the Rangers transitioning toward a younger roster, the 33-year-old Nash’s performance in 2017-18 could determine if they’ll try to retain him and how much it might cost to do so.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nash’s future with the Rangers depends upon his performance this season, While Nash isn’t the dominant winger he once was, he’s still a reliable scorer when healthy. Injuries, however, have hampered his play. After tallying 42 goals in 79 games in 2014-15, he averaged 60 games in each of the next two seasons, scoring 15 and 23 goals respectively. Another injury-shortened season could convince Rangers management to part ways with him next summer.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers signed free-agent forward Chris Kelly to a professional tryout offer.
THE WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals bring free-agent winger Alex Chiasson to training camp on a tryout basis.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators have no timetable to name a new captain. Defensemen Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis are considered among the leading contenders.
NBC SPORTS: The Pittsburgh Penguins have hired former star Kevin Stevens as a special assignment scout based in Boston.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Stevens struggled with drug addiction related to painkillers following surgery in 1993 to repair serious facial injuries. In May, he was fined $10,000.00 and sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to a drug charge. Here’s hoping this job helps him get back on track.