NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 30, 2018
Looking back on Jarome Iginla’s career highlights, the latest on Nick Schmaltz and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: With Jarome Iginla officially announcing his retirement as a player later today in Calgary, several NHL.com beat writers and columnists reflected on his career highlights. Among them was Iginla’s “Gordie Howe hat trick” leading the Flames to victory in Game 3 of the 2004 Stanley Cup Final, his assist on Sidney Crosby’s overtime goal in the men’s hockey gold medal game of the 2010 Winter Olympics.
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CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Following a solid sophomore campaign, Chicago Blackhawks center Nick Schmaltz hopes to one day become the club’s No. 1 center. Schmaltz is a lock for the second-line center role, though he must work on improving his faceoff skills.
SPORTSNET: Defenseman Quinn Hughes, the Vancouver Canucks’ first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, has decided to return to the University of Michigan next fall. Hughes was selected seventh overall.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The article also points out Hughes’ decision wasn’t related to Trevor Linden stepping down as the Canucks president of hockey operations last week. Canucks general manager Jim Benning said it was a mutual agreement as they don’t want to rush the 5-foot-10, 170-pound blueliner into the lineup. Hughes is a skilled defenseman with plenty of potential but another year or two in the college ranks could go a long way toward preparing him for an NHL career.
NHL.COM: Brady Tkachuk, the 2018 first-round pick (fourth overall) of the Ottawa Senators, will announced on Aug. 12 if he intends to return to Boston University for another season. He’s the son of long-time NHL star Keith Tkachuk and the younger brother of Calgary Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk.