NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 28, 2018

by | Sep 28, 2018 | News, NHL | 15 comments

Bob Cole returning for 50th and final season on Hockey Night in Canada, Carolina Hurricanes resurrect the Whalers jersey for two games plus the latest injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

SPORTSNET: Long-time Hockey Night in Canada play-by-play man Bob Cole will return for his 50th and final season in 2018-19. The 85-year-old will call 10 game during the first half of the season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For millions of Canadians, Cole was the voice of Hockey Night in Canada for decades. He ranks with Foster Hewitt, Danny Gallivan and Dan Kelly among the greatest play-by-play men in the show’s history. Check out this link and this link and this link for some of his greatest calls. 

NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes will wear throwback Hartford Whalers jerseys for two games this season against the Boston Bruins. The first game will be December 23 and the second on March 5.

The Carolina Hurricanes will play two games this season wearing the Hartford Whalers jersey. (Photo via NHL.com)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A classy move by the Hurricanes to honor their past. The Whalers jersey is among the most iconic in NHL history. Here’s hoping they also blast some Brass Bonanza during the home game.

NEWSDAY: New York Islanders winger Andrew Ladd is listed as day-to-day with an undisclosed injury and remains questionable for the club’s season opener next week. General manager Lou Lamoriello said he currently doesn’t plan to place Ladd on injured reserve or long-term injured reserve.

STLTODAY.COM: St. Louis Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo was suspended for the club’s remaining two preseason games and the opening game of the regular season for elbowing Washington Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny earlier this week.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise here. As I noted yesterday, Bortuzzo had been fined twice by the league in the last two years.

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators are hoping recently demoted forward Eeli Tolvanen will remain with their AHL affiliate. He has a clause in his contract allowing him to return to his KHL team (Jokerit) after 10 games with the Milwaukee Admirals. If he returns to the KHL, he’ll be ineligible to return to the NHL for the remainder of the regular season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tolvanen is a highly-touted Predators prospect who was expected to crack their roster this season. They’re obviously hoping some time in the minors will better acquaint him to the North American game. 

THE PROVINCE: Vancouver Canucks winger Antoine Roussel (concussion) will miss the start of the season,. 

CBS SPORTS: Pittsburgh Penguins winger Daniel Sprong is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals center Travis Boyd is listed as week-to-week with a lower-body injury. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks signed defenseman Brandon Davidson to a one-year, $650K contract. 

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets signed forward Mark Letestu to a one-year, two-way contract. He was placed on waivers yesterday for the purpose of sending him to their AHL affiliate in Cleveland. 




  1. Carolina using the Whalers jersey is just wrong…this is a money grab and a slap in the face to true Whaler Fans…

    • Kinda agree, not sure about a slap in the face but it smells a little like we can’t attract flys right now so let’s poach some other fan bases/market money

      • But damn they are nice.

      • Maybe they’re moving back?

  2. I personally love the fact they’re pulling out the old green and whites for nostalgia purposes. The Whalers jerseys were one of my favourites. A slap in the face would have been to redesign the Jersey, and make it more 21st century with a flashier logo in hopes of selling more.

    • My thoughts exactly. I love this from the jersey (I would rather see the 92-97 version, but this is still solid) right to the fact it is going to be worn in the Boston games. Its fun, its different and its good nostalgia.
      The Whale still has a following so why not. Sure it also is a ploy to increase merchandise sales, but then if this is what people want (and will show by buying it), then whats wrong with that? Better than just being shoved another lousy redesign down every bodies throat like they normally do.

  3. Wow Letestu on a two-way …. I certainly didn’t see that coming in July

    In the AHL he’ll earn at a rate equivalent to only 17% of last year’s Sal

    I know he did not do well for Clb after the trade but I am surprised that there was absolutely no other team that would have offered him a 1-way

    • It’s Letestu. His caliber of playing is a dime a dozen at best.

    • What I find hilarious Pengy is, the general lack of “surprise” here about a guy with 558 nhl games played and career totals of 93 goals and 117 assists for 210 points being ignored by 30 teams and only given a 2-way deal, while the other day, the waiver process for a guy (Zach Smith) with 542 games played and 85 goals and 80 points for 185 points draws howls of indignation that the “moronic” Senators management would go down that road. Perspective and ingrained negativity about one organization is everything, I guess.

      • 165 points

      • Hi George

        I didn’t make any negative comment re Smith

        I like Smith.

        I did query wrt the move being portrayed as saving (while in the AHL) …. it doesn’t and they don’t need the cap space

        To be fair; I don’t really know the true rationale for the waiver move.

        If I,d be asked to guess… my guess would be that it was a move in hopes that another team would pick him up.. again a guess and unsubstantiated.

        I didn’t like the waiver move and back the disdain reported by some of his teammates

        I stick by my surprise assertion on Letestu signing to a 2 way

        Sorry but I guess we agree to disagree

  4. Love Bob Cole.
    Give that man the Order of Canada, if he hasn’t achieved it already.

  5. As an American living in Metro Detroit area loved hearing Bob Cole and Harry Neale on HNIC. And especially loved his DEE-TROO-ITT. He is one of the best announcers and miss him now, on broadcasts.

      His call in Philly was the best ever.
      “They’re goin’ home!

  6. Good enough for Roussel – couldn’t happen to a nicer guy