NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 22, 2018
Latest on Mike Green, Max Domi, Alex Galchenyuk, Devante Smith-Pelley and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings defenseman Mike Green will miss the start of the season after being diagnosed with a virus that is attacking his liver. This comes after Green had been medically cleared for contact after recovering from offseason neck surgery.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Green doesn’t appear to be in any danger, though more will be learned about his condition following medical testing. It’s currently unknown how long he’ll be sidelined.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens forward Max Domi said he regrets punching Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad in the face. He accepted having to live with the consequences of his actions, adding his intent wasn’t to hurt Ekblad. Domi was suspended for the remainder of the preseason.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: According to Ekblad, those consequences Domi faces could also come in the first regular-season game between the Canadiens and Panthers.
ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes center Alex Galchenyuk has suffered a lower-body injury and will be re-evaluated next week.
NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly has yet to see preseason action. According to head coach Todd Reirden, “He’s just not at the level that he was at last year. That to me is really all there is to say about it. Once he gets there, he’ll be in and he’ll be helping us.”
Smith-Pelly, meanwhile, said he’s not dealing with an injury and his not playing was a coach’s decision. While not making excuses, he observed that it was “a short summer”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sounds like conditioning could be the issue. Doesn’t mean Smith-Pelly didn’t work hard enough but he could be used to having more time for offseason preparation.
CBS SPORTS: Vegas Golden Knights placed goaltender Oscar Dansk on waivers. If he clears, he likely be sent to their AHL affiliate in Chicago.