NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 24, 2019
Updates on Brayden Point, Carey Price, David Krejci, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning center Brayden Point will join his teammates this week but last spring’s hip surgery could keep him out of the lineup until late October. Point signed a three-year contract yesterday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That might explain why Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois wasn’t panicking over getting Point under contract before the start of the season.
NHL.COM: Elias Pettersson has a four-point night (one goal, three assists) and Brock Boeser collected three assists as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Ottawa Senators 6-4 in preseason play at Abbotsford, B.C.
TSN.CA: Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price sat out last night’s preseason contest against the Toronto Maple Leafs nursing a bruised left hand. He’s expected to return to the ice before the end of the week.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No sense risking further injury in a meaningless preseason contest.
NBC SPORTS BOSTON: Bruins center David Krejci suffered a lower-body injury in the first period of last night’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Flyers. “I don’t think it’s serious,” Bruce Cassidy said after the game. “We’ll know more tomorrow.”
NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils winger Kyle Palmieri is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
REVIEW-JOURNAL.COM: Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt is working to reform the NHL’s PED testing as part of the current NHL CBA negotiations. Last fall, he received a 20-game suspension after testing positive for a trace amount of a performance-enhancing drug.
Schmidt cited environmental contamination and an expert testifying on his behalf at his appeal hearing claimed the amount found in his system was “the equivalent of a pinch of salt in an Olympic-sized swimming pool.” The Golden Knights supported Schmidt, saying in a statement they believed the presence of a banned substance in the defenseman was accidental and unintentional.
NBC SPORTS: Work has begun on a new arena for the New York Islanders at Belmont Park. The venue is expected to be ready for the 2021-22 season.