NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 13, 2018
An update on Max Pacioretty, Blackhawks fans say goodbye to Stan Mikita, latest on Brady Tkachuk and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Facing an uncertain future with the Canadiens, left wing Max Pacioretty said he’s encouraged by the support he’s received from Montreal fans throughout this summer. Pacioretty, 29, resides year-round in Montreal. He’s slated to become an unrestricted free agent in July and the coming season could be his last with the Canadiens.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pacioretty reportedly wants to re-sign with the Canadiens, who made a failed attempt during the 2018 NHL Draft to trade him to the Los Angeles Kings. He lacks no-trade protection and speculation persists that management intends to move him before the start of the season.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Devoted Blackhawks fans streamed to the United Center yesterday to pay their respects to Stan Mikita during a public visitation. Mikita passed away last week at age 78 to a suspected brain disease.
OTTAWA SUN: While there’s been no official announcement from prospect Brady Tkachuk or the Senators, a photo of the youngster wearing a Sens hat signing paperwork made the rounds online yesterday. Tkachuk is believed foregoing a return to Boston University this season to sign a pro contract with Ottawa.
NHL.COM: Minnesota Wild forward Luke Kunin is hoping to bounce back from a torn ACL suffered last March to earn a full-time roster spot.
LAS VEGAS SUN: Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley hopes to make his club’s pregame ceremonies “a little less playful and a little more serious this year.” He added that he loves “the “Apocalypse Now” intro with the music and the helicopter. I like it as loud as possible. And the “John Wick Mode” intro song is perfect, and we won’t be changing that.”