NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 27, 2018

by | Aug 27, 2018 | News, NHL | 6 comments

Latest on Patrick Kane, Auston Matthews, Henrik Zetterberg, Martin Brodeur and Slava Voynov in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane, Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews, Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin and Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise were among dozens of American-born NHL players who gathered to honor the late USA Hockey executive Jim Johansson. The players gathered for a charity game on Sunday to raise funds for Johansson’s two-year-old daughter and for grassroots hockey. 

Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg’s ailing back has hampered his training efforts this summer. (Photo via NHL Images)

  MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill is doubtful team captain Henrik Zetterberg will be ready to play when the season opens in October. Zetterberg’s ailing back hasn’t allowed him to train properly this summer. He’s expected to report to training camp next month where he’ll undergo a medical to determine his status. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s sounds like Zetterberg won’t pass his training-camp medical. He’ll likely be placed on long-term injured reserve to start the season. If that happens, it’s doubtful he’ll be able to play this season. 

THE ATHLETIC: Jeremy Rutherford reports sources say Martin Brodeur is preparing to leave the St. Louis Blues organization after four years. Brodeur served as an assistant general manager but his contract expired in June and he’s apparently decided to move on. It’s rumored he’s interested in rejoining the New Jersey Devils, though he’s said he’d like to spend more time with his son. 

SPORTSNET: NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has yet to be cleared to return to the league. He said Voynov’s return depends upon completing a review process with the league to determine if he meets the parameters to return. Voynov’s misdemeanor domestic abuse conviction was dismissed by a Los Angeles judge last month, a move that allows him to apply for reinstatement. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Until Voynov has his hearing with the league any speculation over which team he might join is baseless.



  1. Let me state emphatically — I abhor spousal abuse. If he is guilty — I’m all for sanctions/suspensions, period , end of story.

    That said— if his case has been dismissed; then I’m wondering how the NHL could review and not allow him back. The Legal system says innocent until proven guilty. If the case is dismissed, then he has not been found guilty.

    Perhaps each NHL contract as a “Moral Turpitude” type of clause; so maybe this is where the decision w.r.t. allowing him to return lies.

    Again– I want to make sure that I am not coming across in support of Voynov. I’m not at all. My gut feeling on his guilt is one thing; the fact that he’s not been convicted is another.

    LA also has a moral decision to make w.r.t. letting him return (unless they are legally bound to).

    Oh well, started my morning off with a bad taste in my mouth.

    • Agree….we are trying and convicting people in media (or social media) regardless of the outcome police investigations or any trials. if the player isn’t guilty in criminal or civil court, that should be enough.

      • I had dinner with Bobby Hull once. He is my friend’s father’s friend. My friend’s father is the guy that puts on those old timer hockey games accross Ontario where they play whatever cities police or fire department. Bobby was super obnoxious and called the waitress babycakes and honey and a bunch of other absolutely demoralizing things and then he smacked her rear end and her manager had to ask him to stop. This was around 2011 and Bobby still acted like he was some superstar. And he paid for nothing.

  2. Entering a plea of no contest is basically an admittance of guilt is it not?

    • Not always, sometimes it means you have no way of proving your side of the story and you took a plea deal to avoid the maximum penalty should you have been found guilty. The justice system is more politics than actual justice.