NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 11, 2018
Latest on Henrik Zetterberg and P.K. Subban, Blues signed Patrick Maroon to a one-year contract and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NBC SPORTS: A photo of Henrik Zetterberg recently playing golf with Erik Karlsson has some observers feeling encouraged that the Detroit Red Wings captain, who has a history of back injuries, will return to action in 2018-19.
But as James O’Brien points out, playing golf and playing pro hockey are two different things. He suggests it might be best for Zetterberg to err on the side of caution rather than try to gut out another season with the rebuilding Red Wings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s up to Zetterberg to decide if he can handle the rigors of another NHL season. Despite his age (37) and bad back, he’s very competitive (like all pro athletes) and won’t quit until he knows for certain if he can’t play anymore. Maybe that happens this season, maybe not.
THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators defenseman and well-known NHL fashion plate P.K. Subban is on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s fashion issue with his girlfriend, Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn.
NHL.COM: The St. Louis Blues yesterday signed left wing Patrick Maroon to a one-year, $1.75-million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Maroon, 30, has enjoyed two straight 40-plus point seasons, include a career-high 43 in 2017-18.
It’s believed other clubs offered more money and lengthier deals but he wanted the opportunity to play for his hometown team. A strong performance with the Blues in 2018-19 could help him land a more lucrative contract next summer.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes named Darren Yorke as director of player personnel and promoted Eric Tulsky to vice president of hockey management and strategy.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights are holding clinics to teach street hockey to local children.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A smart move by the Golden Knights to build and maintain interest in their product.