NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 16, 2017
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.
SVP/GM Stan Bowman says defenseman Michal Rozsival did not pass his training camp physical so he is unable to participate at this time.
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) September 15, 2017
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.