NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 24, 2018
Updates on Corey Crawford, Mike Green, Tyler Johnson, Ryan Kesler and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
THE ATHLETIC: Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford (concussion symptoms) is getting closer to practicing with his teammates for the first time since Feb. 13.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings defenseman Mike Green appears to be over the worst of his viral infection but there’s no timeline for his return. Green’s been sidelined by a virus that attacked his liver but tests done on Friday indicates he’s now “on the backside” of the illness.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning center Tyler Johnson is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury but he’s expected to return in time for the start of the season.
THE ATHLETIC: Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler has been cleared to participate in contact drills. The 34-year-old Kesler underwent hip surgery 16 months ago that greatly slowed his performance in
the second half of last season.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens yesterday announced forward Paul Byron signed a four-year, $13.6-million contract extension. The annual average value is $3.4 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A well-deserved extension for the 29-year-old Byron, who’s coming off back-to-back 20-goal seasons and was among the bright spots in an otherwise miserable 2017-18 campaign for the Canadiens. He’s a strong two-way forward with good speed who also has solid puck-possession numbers. It’s also a reasonable number for the Canadiens as it won’t put a big dent into their salary-cap payroll.
STLTODAY.COM: St. Louis Blues winger Robby Fabbri left yesterday’s preseason game with a lower-body injury unrelated to his twice surgically repaired knee. It’s considered a muscular injury but no further information was provided. An update could be released today.
PHILLY.COM’S Sam Carchidi reports Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth won’t be ready for the club’s season opener next month. Neuvirth suffered a groin injury during practice on Friday. Meanwhile, sidelined Flyers Sean Couturier, Wayne Simmonds and Travis Sanheim are expected to play a preseason game or two.
CBS SPORTS: Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray is dealing with a soft-tissue groin injury and not a back injury as originally feared. However, he could remain sidelined for several weeks.
Carolina Hurricanes winger Micheal Ferland will miss a few days with a lower-body injury.