NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 30, 2018

by | Aug 30, 2018 | News, NHL | 10 comments

Latest on Martin Brodeur, Wayne Simmonds, Jack Johnson, Brett Connolly and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils yesterday announced Martin Brodeur was returning to the club as their new executive vice president of business development. Brodeur spent all but one of his 22 NHL seasons with the Devils during his Hall of Fame career. He recently left the St. Louis Blues after spending several seasons as their assistant general manager.

NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds believes his agent and Flyers GM Ron Hextall have had preliminary discussions regarding a new contract. For now, he’s focusing on returning healthy for the upcoming season after recovering from offseason pelvic surgery. Hextall has said several times he’d like to re-sign Simmonds, who’s eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds is unconcerned over lack of progress in contract extension talks (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flyers could take a “wait-and-see” approach with Simmonds to assess his performance in the coming season before getting down to serious contract talks. 

THE ATHLETIC (Subscription required): Defenseman Jack Johnson is keeping mum over his final days with the Columbus Blue Jackets but he’s very happy to be a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who signed him as an unrestricted free agent earlier this summer. Johnson was a healthy scratch during the Blue Jackets first-round playoff series last spring against the Washington Capitals.

WASHINGTON POST: Capitals winger Brett Connolly said he won’t be joining his teammates during their visit to the White House commemorating their Stanley Cup championship. Connolly said it had nothing to do with politics, adding he wouldn’t be surprised if several other teammates also didn’t go. Connolly joins Devante Smith-Pelly in skipping the event. The Capitals have yet to receive a formal invitation from the White House. “Everyone is entitled to their opinion,” said Connolly, who added his decision was “about what’s right and what’s wrong and we’ll leave it at that.”

CALGARY SUN: Former Flames forward Matt Stajan has signed with Red Bull Munchen of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. Stajan spent 15 NHL seasons with the Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs.

THE SCORE: Former San Jose Sharks winger Joel Ward remains hopeful of landing with another NHL club when training camp opens in two weeks time. Heading to Europe isn’t something he’s put at the top of his minds. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Age and injuries took a toll on the 37-year-old Ward last season. He could end up on a professional tryout offer if he hopes to secure an NHL job for 2018-19. 

THE HOCKEY NEWS: Tod Leiweke, the president and CEO of the group heading up Seattle’s NHL bid, said they will be meeting with league executives in early-October to begin the process of getting approval to become the NHL’s 32nd franchise. If all goes well, the y could make their pitch before the league board of governors in December. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If approved, the first season for a Seattle franchise would be 2020-21. 

SPORTSNET: NHL teams apparently take a dim view of players spending too much of their free time playing video games, especially the game Fortnite. Excessive gaming is considered an unnecessary addictive distraction that hampers a player’s development. 



  1. I think society in general should take a “dim view” over too much time being spent on video games – not to mention smart-phone addiction.

  2. Jack Johnson,

    Please prove me wrong (of my preconceived perceptions of the quality of hockey you will provide this year ) . Please. Pretty please.

    I look forward to hopefully apologizing to you for my I’ll-conceived views on your projected Penguins play.

    • The Penguins insist on always having one dman that I can’t stand. At least he’s the only hole in the lineup this year. Outside of giving Brandon Davidson a PTO and signing him for the league minimum I love this lineup on paper. Hopefully Jackass suffers a horrific injury sometime between now training camp so I don’t have to suffer watching him screw up every game this season. Jackass Johnson you are the weakest link, goodbye.

    • If you think Johnson is anything but a mistake, you’re wrong.

      • I don’t think he’s a mistake I think he’s an epic blunder that should land Rutherford on an Alzheimer’s wing somewhere. BUT if the only hole in the Pens lineup is at 6D I’m not going to lose sleep over it. But this is Scuderi 2.0 bad because of the ridiculous term.

  3. I can see it now, a remake of Slap Shot.
    But instead of the Hanson brothers playing with toy cars in their room, they play Fortnite instead

  4. Has their been any speculation about teams other than the Penguins having offered Jack Johnson a contract and, if so, the contract’s supposed terms?

    • No, there are no other GMs that stupid. Rutherford drafted Jackass and has been obsessed with him ever since he bounced out of Carolina and went to the Kings.

    • Hi Frank

      I’d not heard any specifics on what may/may not have been offered during the UFA “negotiating” period.

      TSN had JJ on their top 25 UFA list—-??????????????????

      I’m so hoping that my previous posts (of JJ being over-paid and not a great addition to Pens) prove to be so very wrong— I definitely want to be proved wrong here

  5. Connolly should stop being a politician and do the real right thing and go with his teammates and be honored by the President of the USA. Plain and simple act the right way and dont act like other players in other leagues do.