NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 9, 2018
The 30th anniversary of the Gretzky Trade, plus updates on Ryan Suter, Brock Boeser, Dylan Larkin and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Today marks the 30th anniversary of the trade that sent Wayne Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings. The move left a long-lasting impact upon the NHL and the sport. The most notable effects included a growth of interest in the game in the United States and the expansion into Sun Belt markets such as Anaheim, San Jose, Phoenix (Glendale), Tampa Bay, Miami (Sunrise) and (most recently) Las Vegas.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The trade also accelerated the decline of the Oilers’ dynasty. Nearly three decades later, the club still hasn’t recovered from it.
EDMONTON SUN: Speaking of Gretzky, “he’s been named an ambassador the Kunlun Star hockey team in Beijing which plays in the KHL.” He remains a partner and vice chair of Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG).
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: A public visitation for the late Stan Mikita will be held from Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the United Center atrium. The Blackhawks legend passed away earlier this week at age 78.
NHL.COM: Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter believes he’ll be fully recovered from a fractured ankle in time for training camp next month. Suter suffered the season-ending injury on March 31.
SPORTSNET: Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin said he and the club are getting closer to an agreement on a new contract. “I’ve told everyone I think it’ll be before training camp. It’s right there. I’m just waiting to iron out the details.”
Forward Brock Boeser said there’s no firm deadline yet on a contract extension with the Vancouver Canucks but he stressed he has a good relationship with management and the two sides are taking their time.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given Larkin’s status as a restricted free agent the questions over when he’ll be re-signed are understandable. Boeser, on the other hand, is entering the final season of his entry-level contract and will be a restricted free agent next summer. He and the Canucks don’t have to rush into contract talks right now. By the sound of things, Boeser doesn’t appear very concerned about the situation.
ARIZONA SPORTS’ Craig Morgan reports Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun has been cleared to skate. The blueliner underwent knee surgery 17 weeks ago.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Carolina Hurricanes fans are being asked to vote on the club’s new goal song.