NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 1, 2018
Latest on Evgeny Kuznetsov, Ryan Reaves, Ryan Callahan and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: Capitals head coach Barry Trotz said center Evgeny Kuznetsov is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury suffered in Game 2 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final. Kuznetsov left the game in the first period following a hit by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Brayden McNabb favoring his left wrist and arm and didn’t return.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While the Capitals went on to win that game without Kuznetsov, losing him for any length of time could be a blow to their Stanley Cup hopes. This postseason’s leading scorer with 25 points, the 26-year-old center was riding an 11-game points streak prior to his injury and played a key role in the Capitals reaching the Cup Final.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: McNabb won’t be subjected to supplemental discipline for his hit on Kuznetsov. Teammate Ryan Reaves also won’t be disciplined for punching Capitals winger Tom Wilson in the face during Game 2. Reaves received a roughing penalty on the play.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning winger Ryan Callahan underwent surgery on his right shoulder and will likely miss the start of next season.
The Lightning also announced yesterday it was parting ways with assistant coaches Rick Bowness and Brad Lauer.
BOSTON GLOBE: The Bruins will not be extending contract offers to pending unrestricted free agents Brian Gionta, Kenny Agostino and Paul Postma.
SPORTSNET: The Calgary Flames hired Geoff Ward and Ryan Huska as part of their coaching staff.