NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 22, 2018
Latest on Sean Couturier and Josh Morrissey, Randy Lee steps down as Senators assistant GM and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
TVA SPORTS: Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier reinjured the medial collateral ligament of his right knee during a tournament in Quebec City two weekends ago. He originally injured the knee in practice during the 2018 playoffs. After meeting with Flyers doctors, Couturier isn’t expected to undergo surgery. However, it remains to be seen if he’ll be ready in time for the start of training camp next month.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Couturier enjoyed the best season of his NHL career before his injury, tallying 31 goals and 76 points.Though he returned to play with the Flyers after missing one game in their series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, he later told reporters he likely would’ve missed four weeks if the injury occurred during the regular season. That he doesn’t require surgery suggests he could be good to go for training camp.
OTTAWA SUN: Randy Lee has stepped down as assistant general manager of the Ottawa Senators. He’s awaiting “the outcome of court proceedings on two non-criminal harassment charges filed against him for an alleged incident in Buffalo in May.”
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Restricted free agent defenseman Josh Morrissey believes he’ll be under contract before training camp opens next month. “Everyone’s confident it will be handled and done, definitely in time for the season,” Morrissey said.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Plenty of time for Morrissey and the Jets to get a deal worked out. The only question is whether it’ll be an affordable bridge deal with the promise of a bigger pay raise in two or three years or a long-term contract. Given the Jets’ cap constraints next summer and with big stars such as Blake Wheeler and Patrik Laine to re-sign, perhaps they’ll go the bridge route to give the Jets some cap flexibility.
SPORTSNET: Speaking of the Jets, they signed forward Nicolas Kerdiles to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650,000 at the NHL level.
USA TODAY: Former NHL forward Joe Murphy is reportedly homeless in Kenora, Ontario. The first-overall pick by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1986 NHL Draft, Murphy won a Stanley Cup with the Edmonton Oilers in 1990 and scored 233 goals and 528 points during his NHL career. He is the subject of a TSN documentary tonight.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sad to hear about Murphy’s current status. There are several organizations that provide assistance to former players in need. Here’s hoping they reach out to him if he’s unable to contact them for help.
SPORTSNET: Defenseman Brandon Davidson reportedly rejected a professional tryout offer from the Edmonton Oilers. He’s more interested in landing a contract and could be close to getting one with another club.
CALGARY SUN: The Calgary Flames inked winger Anthony Peluso to a one-year, two-way deal worth $650K in the NHL.
NHL.COM: The Columbus Blue Jackets hired Jim Corsi as their goaltending development coach. Corsi spent 16 seasons as the Buffalo Sabres goalie coach and held the same role for three seasons with the St. Louis Blues.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights have officially named the Fort Wayne Komets as their ECHL affiliate.
HOKEJPORTAL.SK: Former NHL forward Michal Handzus is expected to announce his retirement as a player on Friday. Handzus spent 15 seasons with the St. Louis Blues, Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks, winning a Stanley Cup in 2013 with the Blackhawks. Between 2014-15 to 2016-17, he played three seasons for Banska Bystrica.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Stick tap to Alexander Wirdzek for the link. Best wishes to Handzus in his future endeavors.