NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 7, 2018
Updates on the Capitals and Golden Knights plus the latest on Henrik Zetterberg, Scott Hartnell and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals are on the brink of capturing the Stanley Cup, which would make Alex Ovechkin the first Russian-born captain in league history to win hockey’s greatest prize. The Capitals currently lead the Stanley Cup Final three games to one over the Vegas Golden Knights. They can clinch tonight in Game 5 in Las Vegas.
NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: If the Capitals win the Cup, forward Devante Smith-Pelly indicated he’s made up his mind about a possible visit to the White House. “The things that [President Trump] spews are straight-up racist and sexist,” said Smith-Pelly. ““Some of the things he’s said are pretty gross. I’m not too into politics, so I don’t know all his other views, but his rhetoric I definitely don’t agree with.”
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson skipped yesterday’s optional practice but is expected to be in the lineup for Game 5 tonight.
Forward William Carrier could return to the Golden Knights’ lineup for Game 5.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg confirms he’s preparing to play at least one more season. Zetterberg, 38, has three seasons remaining on his contract but injuries in recent years have hampered his performance.
THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators winger Scott Hartnell is training for another NHL season but he acknowledged he could also be facing retirement. The 36-year-old is due to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and he isn’t expected to be re-signed by the Predators.
TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild cut ties with assistant coach John Anderson, replacing him with Dean Evason.
Hearing that projected escrow now for this season could drop to 8 percent; players have been paying 11.5 escrow all year. If it does end up at 8 percent, big drop from the 13.4 percent escrow rate of 2015-16 season. Final HRR math still not finalized for 2016-17 season…
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 5, 2018