NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 23, 2018
Updates on Sean Couturier, Patrick Kane, Alex Galchenyuk and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: Flyers general manager Ron Hextall confirmed center Sean Couturier suffered a knee injury during a charity hockey tournament earlier this month in Quebec City. Couturier is expected to be sidelined for four weeks and will miss the bulk of the club’s preseason games in September. It’s the same knee he injured during the 2018 playoffs. Fortunately, he didn’t reinjure his MCL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While Couturier is expected to be back in time for the regular season, missing training camp and most preseason games could adversely affect his early-season play. It could also raise concerns over the strength of that knee over the course of 2018-19.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks Patrick Kane and Arizona Coyotes forward Vinnie Hinostroza will headline a game benefiting the Special Olympics in the Chicago Hockey Charity Classic on Saturday. Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ian Cole and Nashville Predators winger Ryan Hartman are also expected to participate.
NHL.COM: Alex Galchenyuk is excited about the Arizona Coyotes potential and looks forward to a fresh start. Galchenyuk was acquired in June from the Montreal Canadiens. He’s expected to be given the opportunity to prove himself at center, something he rarely got the chance to do in Montreal.
TSN: Forward Emerson Etem accepted a professional tryout offer with the Los Angeles Kings. A former first-round draft pick of the Anaheim Ducks, Etem spent last season split between the AHL’s Tucson Roadrunners and the Swiss National League’s HC Lugano.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is probably Etem’s last chance to prove himself as an NHL player. The 26-year-old tallied 22 goals and 46 points in 173 NHL games with Anaheim, New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Carolina Hurricanes fans have chosen Petey Pablo’s North Carolina rap anthem “Raise Up” as the club’s new goal song.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I like to think “Raise Up” got the “Face Off Hockey Show” bump after we encouraged our listeners to vote for this song. Anyway, congrats to Petey Pablo for this honor. “This one’s for North Carolina/C’mon and raise up!”