NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 1, 2019
Updates on the Bruins and Blues plus the latest on Evgeny Kuznetsov, Andrew Ladd, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The league and the Washington Capitals are satisfied Evgeny Kuznetsov did nothing wrong when he was seen in a video sitting next to a table with lines of white powder on it. The video was shot in a Las Vegas hotel room after the Capitals won the Stanley Cup last June. They have accepted Kuznetsov’s explanation that he did not take illegal drugs and had inadvertently put himself in a bad situation. He has apologized for the incident.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The brief video didn’t show the Capitals center inhaling or ingesting the powder, which looked like cocaine. Kuznetsov said he went to the hotel room in question with some friends, became uneasy with his surroundings and soon departed. According to the league, his account of events aligns with other information received about the situation and no further action is required.
STLTODAY.COM: Zach Sanford will replace Oskar Sundqvist in the Blues lineup for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. Sundqvist received a one-game suspension for boarding Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk in Game 2.
NBC SPORTS: Grzelcyk (concussion symptoms) remains doubtful for Game 3 and could be replaced by John Moore.
NEWSDAY’s Andrew Gross reports New York Islanders forwards Cal Clutterbuck (back injury) and Andrew Ladd (knee) both had surgery. Doctors expect Clutterbuck will be ready for training camp in September. Ladd’s timeline remains less clear.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers part ways with assistant coaches Trent Yawney and Manny Viveiros.
Steve Yzerman and Craig Leipold are new additions for the NHL on the Competition Committee. Yzerman replaces Peter Chiarelli while Leipold replaces Murray Edwards. David Poile, Doug Wilson and Ken Holland remain part of it. The NHLPA is still finalizing its Committee members.
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) May 31, 2019