NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 21, 2018
Max Domi suspended for remainder of the preseason, Ondrej Pavelec retires and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The NHL Department of Player Safety suspended Canadiens forward Max Domi for the remainder of the preseason for punching Florida Panthers forward Aaron Ekblad in the face during a preseason game on Wednesday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Interesting reaction on social media to Domi’s punching Ekblad and his suspension. Many folks drew comparisons to Domi’s father Tie’s sucker-punch of Ulf Samuelsson while Domi’s defenders blame Ekblad for goading Max into punching him. Some, like Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, questioned whether it should be considered a sucker punch. Some folks believe Domi’s suspension was excessive while others consider it a joke that the suspension didn’t carry over into the regular season.
Provoked or not, Domi shouldn’t have popped Ekblad, who had no intention of dropping the gloves. The suspension means Domi won’t get a chance to improve his play while the Canadiens can’t evaluate his performance at center in game situations before the regular season opens next month.
VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks winger Loui Eriksson is listed as week-to-week with a bone bruise on one of his legs.
NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: Flyers goaltender Alex Lyon will be sidelined up to four weeks with a lower-body injury.
WINNIPEG SUN: Former Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavalec announced his retirement after 11 NHL seasons. “He had a record of 156-167-48 and a goals-against average of 2.88.” Except for 19 games last season with the New York Rangers, he spent his NHL career with the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Pavelec in his future endeavors.