NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 24, 2019

by | Aug 24, 2019 | News, NHL | 8 comments

The latest on P.K. Subban, Cody Ceci, Rasmus Dahlin, Karl Alzner, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban and former U.S. Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn announced their engagement on Friday.

New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban is engaged for former Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to the happy couple.

TSN: Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Ceci and his partner Jamie Thompson filed a statement of defense Friday against an $8.6-million lawsuit filed by a woman who was injured during an incident at Ceci’s home last year. She suffered third-degree burns during an accident with a tabletop fireplace.

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin feels better prepared and is more driven to help his club become playoff contenders this season. A Calder Trophy finalist in 2018-19, Dahlin wasn’t happy with the Sabres’ second-half collapse. He’s hoping for a better result in his sophomore campaign. “I feel more prepared. I feel more mature,” said the 19-year-old blueliner.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A strong performance from Dahlin will be crucial to the Sabres’ postseason hopes in ’19-’20.  Having gone through the rigors of his first NHL season, he now knows what to expect and how to adjust to a long schedule.

TVA SPORTS: Montreal Canadiens defenseman Karl Alzner hopes to avoid spending another season in the minors. He saw action in just nine games with the Habs in 2018-19. Alzner hasn’t requested a trade but that could change if he’s demoted again.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For most of Alzner’s NHL career he was a steady stay-at-home defenseman. However, the increased pace of the NHL game in recent years made it difficult for slower players like Alzner to contain fleet-footed opponents. Unless he’s somehow found a gear we never knew he had, he might not crack the Canadiens’ blueline this season.

SPORTSNET: The NHL’s Seattle expansion franchise could reveal their team name around this season’s All-Star Game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m partial to the Seattle Expansions or, as the Face Off Hockey Show’s Scotty Wazz suggested, the Seattle Your-Name-Here. 😉


  1. Just reading the details now from the Ottawa Citizen in the Ceci/Thompson vs Hana Engel case. That’s going to take time to sort out.

  2. Unfortunate for everyone, especially the victim and I’m sure the media coverage will make it even harder

  3. The Seattle #HashTags.

    • The Seattle Leftcoasters

      • Seattle Grunge ?

  4. Still shaken after following George O’s posted link to the Toronto Sun’s story about the decay of Seattle, I’m urged by dark humor to suggest naming the city’s hockey team the Seattle Needles, in reflection of its landmark icon, the Space Needle observation tower, and the needles and other drug paraphernalia that litter the tent cities in which the burgeoning homeless addicted population lives.

    • Not much different than most major US cities. Lot’s are far worse Detroit, DC, NYC and LA come instantly to mind