NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 3, 2017

by | Sep 3, 2017 | News, NHL | 4 comments

Dallas Stars forward Jason Spezza could see less time at center this season.

Updates on Jason Spezza, Patrick Maroon, Mike Ribeiro and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

 NHL.COM: Dallas Stars head coach Ken Hitchcock said Jason Spezza will see split duty this season at center and left wing as Martin Hanzal, acquired as a free agent in July, will be a full-time center. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hitchcock doesn’t expect Spezza and Hanzal to play on the same line, suggesting Radek Faksa to skate alongside Hanzal. I’m assuming he’s referring to the third line while Spezza plays on the second line. That makes sense if he’s to play center and some wing as Hitchcock proposes.  

NBC SPORTS: Edmonton Oilers left wing Patrick Maroon hopes to repeat last season’s success playing alongside Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. Maroon, 29, tallied a career-best 27 goals and 42 points in 2016-17. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Maroon sticks with those guys he could reach 30-goal, 50-point territory this season. 

LA PRESSE: Mike Ribeiro’s agent, Bob Perno, said the troubled center has agreed to return to the NHL’s rehabilitation program. Last week, Perno expressed concern over his client, who is still struggling with alcohol abuse and is expected to retire after not receiving a contract offer. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping Ribeiro gets the help he needs and gets his life back on track. 

STLTODAY.COM: St. Louis City Hall is siding with the St. Louis Blues as the club’s deal to renovate Scottrade Center faces a legal challenge over the public financing agreement. 



  1. If Maroon hits them numbers lyle, he’ll more then double his salary next year.

  2. If maroon was smart he would sign a 6 year 3 mil per to keep playing alongside McDavid. Otherwise the league ain’t stupid they know he’s not worth the money without McDavid. Going UFA would be a big mistake for him.

    • Absolutely 100% the smartest career move he could possibly make.

    • do you follow the league? smart would be underselling himself to play for a guy to help pad his stats… for what? his next big ufa deal? when he is in his mid thirties? whats the point in that? someone will pay him big money if oilers dont pony up. clarkson didnt teach the gm’s anything and maroon will and should get his money while he still can.