NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 23, 2017
Canucks beat the Red Wings, Leafs sign Polak and notable injury updates in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: In the only NHL game on the Sunday schedule, Sven Baertschi scored his first two goals of the season as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4-1. Bo Horvat collected two assists. Canucks defenseman Troy Stecher left the game following a knee-on-knee collision with Wings forward Tomas Tatar in the second period.
TORONTO STAR: Defenseman Roman Polak is officially back with the Maple Leafs, signing a one-year, $1.1 million contract. The 31-year-old Polak has been working out with the Leafs since training camp.
SPORTSNET: Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler is expected to miss four-to-six weeks with a knee injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fowler joins Ducks blueliners Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen on the sidelines, although those two are expected to return to action by the end of this month. Still, the absence of their best puck-moving defenseman is a significant loss for Anaheim’s defense corps.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Malcolm Subban is expected to miss the next four weeks with an injured right leg.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Starter Marc-Andre Fleury remains sidelined with a concussion, meaning third-stringer Oscar Dansk is being pressed into service while Maxime Legace was recalled from their AHL affiliate. If Fleury remains on the shelf longer than expected, the expansion Golden Knights will get their first real taste of adversity.
PHILLY.COM: Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald will be out four-to-six weeks with a knee injury. That could open up a roster spot for Samuel Morin or Brandon Manning.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle has returned to practice with his teammates for the first time since being diagnosed last month with chronic myeloid leukemia. There’s still no timetable for his return to action.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The fact Boyle is skating again in practice is a promising sign. Here’s hoping he makes a full recovery and returns to the lineup soon.