NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 2, 2019

by | Sep 2, 2019 | News, NHL | 5 comments

John Tavares could start the season with new linemates, the Blues re-sign Ivan Barbashev, and Evander Kane and Ryan Reaves continue their war of words. Details and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

TORONTO STAR: Maple Leafs center John Tavares could be without regular linemates Mitch Marner and Zach Hyman when the season opens next month. Marner has yet to re-sign with the Leafs while Hyman is rehabbing his right knee following surgery in April. While Marner could be under contract once the season opens, Hyman is expected to be placed on the injury list.

Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares could start this season with new linemates (Photo via NHL Images).

Andreas Johnsson could be among the options as a short-term replacement for Hyman. William Nylander and Kasperi Kapanen are the likely candidates to replace Marner.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: We’ll find out in a month who Tavares’ linemates will be. If Marner and Hyman aren’t available, Johnsson and Nylander could be skating alongside the Leafs’ first-line center when the season opens.

STLTODAY.COM: The Blues re-signed forward Ivan Barbashev to a two-year contract worth $1.475 million per season. His signing means the Blues championship roster returns almost intact. The exception is Patrick Maroon as he recently signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cap Friendly indicates the Blues have roughly $495K in salary-cap space for 2019-20 with 24 players under contract. If necessary, they can demote one of their lower-paid players to the minors to free up more room.

THE SCORE: San Jose Sharks winger Evander Kane and Vegas Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves continued their verbal jousting over the weekend. Reaves renewed the spat on Twitter by calling himself Kane’s “worst nightmare” while Kane dismissed the broadside as a great example “of trying to be relevant when you’re not.”

THE ATHLETIC: Los Angeles Kings head coach Todd McLellan told a gathering of Kings season-ticket holders it’ll take some time before they notice changes in the club’s performance, particularly on the forecheck, neutral-zone play, and special teams. McLellan was hired as their coach in April. Part of the reason is to break habits and time needed for things to evolve.

SPORTSNET: Dante Fabbro hopes to become the next great young Nashville Predators defenseman. With P.K. Subban traded to New Jersey in June, Fabbro could have an opportunity to become a regular this season on the Predators blueline.


  1. Thought Barbeshev might get a better tad more; but fair

    When was the last time a defending SC champ returned the next year with only losing a single player

    Re Kings and “it’ll take some time before they notice changes….”

    How long and how significant will be the changes?

    That statement (were I a Kings ticket holder) would not instil confidence for me

  2. Evander Kane uses his words instead of his play on the ice to do all the talking.
    Last I heard of him, he was whining about racism.
    Now he’s whining about Ryan Reaves who runs over him like a freight train every time their teams meet.
    Wow! I thought Kane would have used up all his whining in Buffalo??? Guess not.
    And where did Kane disappear to in the playoffs? 2 goals in 20 games and he was a MINUS 4. No wonder the sharks can’t get to the promised land. Their highest paid players play like 4th liners.
    Too bad Reaves wasn’t back on the Blues roster when the Blues hammered Kane and the sharks in the Conference finals. Then Kane could have made more headlines with his whining.

    • I am not a fan of some of Kane’s antics and agree that his play needs to talk more. I don’t expect him to pretend nothing was said when racist comments happen- I respect him for defending himself and calling it out. Good on him, I hope to have similar courage when I see it near me.

  3. I was talking to one of the Jet owners and he said Kane caused more grief than all of rest of team combined they couldn’t wait to get rid of him.

    • He seems to cause problems where ever he goes.
      Wasn’t it the same in buffalo?
      I thought he may fit with the sharks with his bad boy image but was really surprised they signed him to such a big time deal.