NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 6, 2018
Updates on Jonathan Drouin, Kris Letang, Tom Wilson and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin isn’t concerned about what position he’ll play in 2018-19. He thinks he’ll be skating at center again, adding that he’s more comfortable in that spot now. If he plays on the wing, he’ll be fine with that too.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the Canadiens lack of skilled depth at center, they likely have little choice but to employ Drouin at that position again.
YAHOO SPORTS: Speaking of Drouin, he made his comments during his participation in Kris Letang’s second annual charity hockey tournament in Montreal. The event raised “$120,000 to help sick children at the Ste-Justine Hospital.”
NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: Washington Capitals winger and North Toronto native Tom Wilson spent his day with the Stanley Cup at the arena where he played his youth hockey. Wilson posed for photos and took questions from the young players in attendance.
NBC SPORTS: Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving could pay the price if his club fails to reach the playoffs next spring. Treliving’s made several risky decisions this summer, including replacing head coach Glen Gulutzan with Bill Peters, trading Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and Adam Fox to Carolina for Noah Hanifin and Elias Lindholm, signing 30-year-old winger James Neal and not adding a reliable backup for aging goaltender Mike Smith.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Treliving’s rolled the dice this summer with his bold moves. If they don’t pan out, it could cost him his job.
NJ.COM: Chris Ryan proposes the New Jersey Devils waste no time next summer getting Taylor Hall, Sami Vatanen and Nico Hischier signed to contract extensions. The trio will be entering the final seasons of their respective contracts in 2019-20.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of the three, re-signing Hall will likely be GM Ray Shero’s top priority. If the winger has another season comparable to his Hart Trophy performance in 2017-18, Shero must be prepared to pony up at least $12 million annually.