NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 10, 2018

by | Jul 10, 2018 | News, NHL | 12 comments

Ducks to honor Paul Kariya and Scott Niedermayer, plus the latest on Auston Matthews, Scott Darling, Rasmus Dahlin and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks will retire the jersey numbers of former captains Paul Kariya (9) and Scott Niedermayer (27) in 2018-19. Kariya’s number will be hoisted to the rafters of the Honda Center on Oct. 21 and Niedermayer’s on Feb. 17, 2019.

The Anaheim Ducks will retire Paul Kariya’s No. 9 on Oct 21 (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A fitting honor for Kariya, the Ducks’ first franchise player, and Niedermayer, who led them to their first Stanley Cup championship. Both players have also been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. 

TSN: Bobby Orr, whose agency represents Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews, dismissed speculation his client was unhappy over the possibility that recently acquired center John Tavares could be selected as team captain over him. 

“That’s bull about [Matthews] being upset about the captaincy,” said Orr. “That’s so wrong. They’re a good team and they’re going to be a very good team, John puts them closer to their goal. That’s what Auston is concerned about.” Orr added that Matthews is thrilled about Tavares joining the Leafs. 

SPECTOR’S  NOTE: Welcome to Toronto, John Tavares, where the local media will take any hypothetical scenario and hype it up so much it’ll take on a life of its own. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: After a disappointing first season as the Carolina Hurricanes’ starting goaltender, Scott Darling is working hard to be better prepared for 2018-19. Darling’s poor conditioning hampered his performance through 2017-18. 

Speaking of the Hurricanes, assistant coach Steve Smith resigned yesterday

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Darling, who was acquired in May 2017 from the Chicago Blackhawks, never looked comfortable between the pipes last season for the Hurricanes. With better preparation, however, he should regain the solid form he displayed in Chicago. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres signed 2018 first-overall draft pick Rasmus Dahlin to a three-year entry-level contract. 

NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders signed former KHL center Jan Kovar to a one-year, $2-million contract and gritty left wing Ross Johnston to a four-year, $4-million deal. 

CBS SPORTS: Free-agent defenseman Patrick Wiercioch has signed with the KHL’s Dinamo Minsk. He spent six seasons with the Ottawa Senators and Colorado Avalanche. Signed last year by the Vancouver Canucks, he spent 2017-18 with their AHL farm team in Utica. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens have hired Luke Richardson as their assistant coach in charge of the defense corps. The former NHL defenseman spent the past several years working as an assistant coach with the Ottawa Senators and New York Islanders and head coach of the Senators’ AHL franchise in Binghamton for four years. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens haven’t done much to bolster their roster for 2018-19 but they’ve made a number of organizational moves that should improve the franchise over time. Richardson replaces J.J. Daigneault, who was fired at the end of last season. 



  1. The media in Toronto, from sports to politics is positively disgusting….even today there is some article criticizing Ford for cutting a $100 million fund for school repairs…that are $15 BILLION behind in repairs.

    Then you have the sports media making up stories about Auston, for gods sake you would think they would be happy to have a player like that in Toronto and want him and the team to succeed.

    I feel better now.

    • First of all Gary, that cut Ford made in school repair funding is a natural follow-up to his campaign promise to scrap cap-and-trade. To that end, the various School Boards were instructed on July 3 that the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund is to be eliminated and that only work contracted on or before that date would be covered. So, if you’re going to rant at least present the full facts.

      As for the “rumours” about Matthews being upset about the Leafs captaincy, it seems Bobby Orr, whose agency represents Matthews, was nipping in the bud any potential fall-out from an article by Rick Zamperin which merely offered his opinion that Tavares should logically be the captain. For his part, Tavares said the captaincy never entered the discussion and Orr said his client is only interested in winning. Where did anyone come out and SAY Matthews was upset?

      • Not sure what your point is George all I was commenting on was how the media is portraying this $100 million cut as Ford letting the schools crumble, meanwhile over the last 15 years a repair bill of $15 billion has been amassed.

      • Ahh, sorry then Gary. As has been said many times, tone and intent are often lost in these forums … I read it as if you thought Ford was an SOB for cutting $100 mil when their needs have been for so much more over the years. But even then, the article you refer to did make it clear that his cut was tied to the scrapping of cap-and-trade.

        Some of us are still waiting to hear where – and according to who – Matthews is upset over the captaincy issue. I can’t find any such article.

    • Gary, which media outlets are you ranting about? We need details

    • Who is “they”?

    • Yeah the Toronto media has been known to be aggressive, but they have all the right to be with the on ice track records over the past 51 years. With a biggest fan base and most expensive tickets they expect better then what the Cleveland browns put on the field every year.

      Let’s be apply the finally have two legitimate centre iceman for the first time in 40 years who cares who wants to be captain

    • I, too, am incensed because media speculation about hockey is somehow connected to my personal political views in a way that I am unable to articulate!

      Matthews should be happy and successful in Toronto.

  2. Daigneault was Habs assistant coach for 6 seasons, not 1. He should have been let go at least two years ago.

    • Oops, that should’ve read “at the end of last season”, not “after one season.” Fixed.

  3. Anaheim retires Niedermayer for 5 seasons?

    • Yeah. Not sure about that one. I’m all about (surprise surprise) the Pittsburgh model of retiring only legends and tragedies