NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 23, 2019
The latest on Dustin Byfuglien, Kris Russell, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets head coach Paul Maurice said Dustin Byfuglien understands the club suspended him for not reporting to training camp was “absolutely procedural” and he was fully aware of it. The club made the move to protect their roster and salary-cap flexibility while Byfuglien’s on his leave of absence pondering his future.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bang goes the theory that this move would drive a wedge between Byfuglien and the Jets.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers defenseman Kris Russell has been cleared to participate in training camp after spending the last two weeks in concussion protocol. He was injured following an accidental collision with a teammate during a pre-camp skate.
TSN: The Dallas Stars released Scottie Upshall from his professional tryout offer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Upshall reportedly had a good training camp but the Stars are tight on contracts. Perhaps he’ll land with another club seeking forward depth before the start of the season.
CALGARY SUN: Tobias Rieder is looking for a fresh start with the Flames. He’s currently on a professional tryout offer.
THE SCORE: Former NHL defenseman Eric Gryba has announced his retirement after 289 games over seven seasons with the Ottawa Senators, Edmonton Oilers, and New Jersey Devils.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Gryba in his future endeavors.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators demoted Eeli Tolvanen to their AHL affiliate yesterday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tolvanen was considered among the Predators’ top prospects, but the 20-year-old winger has had difficulty cracking their roster.
Kailer Yamamoto is in Bakersfield and will continue his rehab post wrist surgery. Logan Day (hand) will require surgery. #Oilers
— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) September 22, 2019