NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 16, 2017

by | Sep 16, 2017 | News, NHL | 7 comments

Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler could be sidelined until Christmas.

Updates on Ryan Kesler, Zach Parise, Patric Hornqvist & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

TSN: Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler remains sidelined as he recovers from offseason hip surgery. General manager Bob Murray said there’s no timeline whatsoever for his return, but he’s hopeful Kesler will be back by Christmas.

The Ducks will also open the season without defensemen Sami Vatanen and Hampus Lindholm, who both underwent offseason shoulder surgery. They’re expected back by November 1.

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild winger Zach Parise missed the opening day of training camp with an undisclosed injury and is listed as day-to-day.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist will miss the start of training camp because of offseason surgery on his right hand. He’s expected to participate in full workouts closer to the end of camp and is expected to be ready when the season opens in October.

THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche re-signed defenseman Nikita Zadorov to a two-year, $4.3 million contract. He’s expected to report to training camp on Saturday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Earlier this summer, Zadorov had hinted at signing with a KHL team if unable to reach agreement on a new contract with the Avs by the end of July. It’s obvious that was a empty threat. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Contract talks between the Blue Jackets and free agent Josh Anderson have ceased and all offers are off the table, according to the winger’s agent, Darren Farris.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Anderson is apparently considering his options but those appear limited. He could sign with a European club or remain on the sidelines until he gets a new deal with the Jackets. Given the trade rumors linking the Jackets to Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene, one wonders if Anderson could become part of a package offer if his contract standoff continues. 


BSN DENVER: Defenseman Jared Cowen hopes to restart his NHL career with the Colorado Avalanche following his departure from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Cowen remains bitter over his treatment by the Leafs. “Basically, they got me, figured out that I was hurt, they didn’t want to deal with it and they got rid of me,” Cowen said.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres hopeful Alexander Nylander is week-to-week after suffering a lower-body injury during the Sabres’ Prospects Challenge last week. 

TSN/SPORTSNET: Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi said the city is willing to pay one-third of the cost of building a new arena for the Calgary Flames. However, Flames president and CEO Ken King rejected that side of the story, claiming the city’s proposal was essentially a loan that it would want repaid. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hunker down, Flames fans, looks like you’re in for weeks, perhaps months, of spin from both sides as they squabble over the cost of constructing a new arena. I believe this issue will eventually be resolve but you’ll have to endure a lot of jockeying on both sides as they attempt to sway public opinion.



  1. A little cheese with that whine there Jared?

    • Toronto’s model of robidas island was pretty poopy. Hope they offered him a office job after his career is offer

      • Robidas is a Development coach with the Marlies after being paid all of his contract while he couldn’t play. Poopy?
        It sounds like Ottawa could take a bit of blame for Cowen’s troubles. He was hurt playing for them and they traded him away hurt according to him. How is that possible? Where was his agent then?

      • They owe him Jack! Shows his character, good luck cracking Vegas roster

      • You don’t think Lou Lamoriello wasn’t aware he was hurt? Nothing gets past him.

        “Friedman notes that Cowen had been cleared to play in the American League in February, but opted to have surgery – on a doctor’s recommendation, though presumably not a Maple Leafs doctor – on his own after leaving the club. The question of Cowen’s health, then, will be left for an arbitrator to determine.” – Thomas Drance – July 1, 2016

        “Club officials confirm the Leafs had a favourable ruling in the Jared Cowen arbitration case, which had tied up cap space since the summer. Cowen, a big defenceman who was part of the exchange when Dion Phaneuf was traded to Ottawa in February, had a lingering hip/lower body issue the Leafs said they hoped to resolve to eventually activate him.” Lance Hornby, Toronto Sun, Dec 7, 2016

      • Couldn’t play? or was pressured not to? The after office job for jared was sarcasm alluding to the cap circumnavigating wizardry of lou… I’m not knocking Lou though… a teams management should do everything in their power within the rules to win.

  2. Gotta love these 33 year old fading vets on $7 million dollar cap hit for 5 plus years… when they play for team’s you hate that is.