NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 3, 2017
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.