NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 21, 2017
Injury updates, Erik Cole retires with the Hurricanes & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
STLTODAY.COM: St. Louis Blues winger Alexander Steen injured his left hand and will be sidelined three weeks. He’s the latest Blue to be sidelined. Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester fractured his left ankle and will be re-evaluated in three weeks, while forward Zach Sandford (shoulder surgery) is out five-six months.
NBC SPORTS: Florida Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck suffered an upper-body injury during Tuesday’s preseason game against the Nashville Predators. Panthers head coach Bob Boughner said he doesn’t believe it’s anything serious and expects Trocheck will return to practice in a couple of days.
TORONTO SUN: After recently appearing to accuse the Maple Leafs of “cheating” over the club’s assertion he failed his training camp physical, forward Joffrey Lupul took to social media to apologize for the remark. He said he would not seek a second opinion regarding his physical.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lupul will likely spend the upcoming season exiled on “Robidas Island”, where he also spent last season.
LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: Kings winger Marian Gaborik continues to rehab from offseason knee surgery. He hopes to rejoin his teammates when they return next week from playing two exhibition games in China, but has no timetable for when he’ll be medically cleared to play.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Defenseman Shea Theodore hopes to stick with the Vegas Golden Knights this season. He’s in the final season of his entry-level contract and is exempt from waivers if the club decides to demote him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Golden Knights currently have a log jam on defense and it’s expected they’ll make some room via trades or waivers. Demoting the promising Theodore is probably the last thing they want to do, but his waiver exemption gives them an option if they have difficulty moving out a couple of rearguards.
MLIVE.COM: For Detroit Red Wings fans with lots of disposable income, the club is selling melted ice from the Joe Louis Arena for $85.00 per vial.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Erik Cole signed a ceremonial contract with the Carolina Hurricanes in order to retire with the club. He’ll also go on to become a team ambassador.
Cole spent 13 seasons in the NHL, spending over eight with the Hurricanes and winning a Stanley Cup with them in 2005-06. He also played for the Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Dallas Stars and Detroit Red Wings. Cole tallied 265 goals and 532 points in 892 career NHL games, along with 14 points in 46 playoff contests.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Cole in his future endeavors.