NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 29, 2018
Latest on Henrik Zetterberg, Jason Garrison, Shane Doan and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Concern over the future of Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg continues to rise after he said he wouldn’t take part in training camp or the start of the regular season. A history of back pain threatens to end his playing career. “I will need more answers from doctors before I say I have played my last game,” Zetterberg said. “In my mind, I am hoping it can get solved.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: According to Zetterberg, symptoms arise whenever he does something “uncontrolled”. In other words, it appears any sudden and unexpected body motion is a problem. He said the next procedure he’d face would be spinal fusion and that’s something he’d rather not have until he’s much older. By the sound of things, he’s played his final professional hockey game.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers have signed free-agent defenseman Jason Garrison to a professional tryout offer. He’s a veteran of 539 NHL games over ten years but spent most of last season with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With top-pairing blueliner Andrej Sekera sidelined indefinitely with a torn Achilles’ tendon and carrying limited cap space, the Oilers are looking at whatever affordable short-term options they can find to fill the void for now. They recently signed rearguard Jakub Jerabek to a one-year, $1-million contract. In his heyday, Garrison was a skilled puck-moving d-man who tallied over 30 points in a season three times. This could be his last shot at continuing his NHL career.
Free-agent defenseman Brandon Davidson is joining the Chicago Blackhawks on a tryout offer. If they like what they see from Davidson they intend to sign him to a one-year, one-way contract.
TSN: Former Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan will serve as a pallbearer at Senator John McCain’s memorial service on Thursday. McCain succumbed to brain cancer last Saturday.
LA PRESSE: The Montreal Canadiens are close to re-signing restricted free agent center Michael McCarron to a short-term contract.