NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 22, 2018

by | Jul 22, 2018 | News, NHL

Updates on Corey Crawford, Jacob Trouba, Patrick Eaves and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: All eyes will be upon Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford at next Friday’s Hawks fan convention. It’ll mark the first time Crawford will speak publicly since Feb. 12. He missed most of last season with an unspecified upper-body injury, which some believe is concussion-related. 

Chicago Blackhawks playoff hopes rest with a healthy Corey Crawford (Photo via NHL Images).

 SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blackhawks’ playoff hopes rest heavily upon a healthy Crawford regaining his form throughout 2018-19. That’s also why they signed former Carolina Hurricanes’ starting goalie Cam Ward as his backup.

SPORTSNET: cites a report by the Winnipeg Free Press’ Mike McIntyre saying he was told the arbitration hearing between the Jets and defenseman Jacob Trouba was “a marathon affair. Began at 9 am eastern time and didn’t end until 2:30 pm. There were breaks, but that’s a long one.”

Barring a last-minute agreement between the two side, an arbiter decision on a one-year contract will be released today.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A one-year arbitration award for Trouba will ensure that questions over his future in Winnipeg persist throughout the upcoming season. 

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray expects forward Patrick Eaves will suit up for 2018-19 after missing all but two games last season to a condition that was originally diagnosed as Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the nervous system. It was subsequently discovered Eaves suffered from post-viral syndrome. 

Murray was less certain about the status of center Ryan Kesler, who was limited to 44 games last season following offseason hip surgery. There’s speculation he could sit out the season to rehab his hip. He noted Kesler claims he’s fine. 

The Ducks also revealed their third jersey for their 25th anniversary. “The jersey is a mash-up of the past and the present, incorporating the old-school Mighty Ducks crest, plus the eggplant, jade silver and white from their inaugural 1993-94 season with some of the current touches.”