NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 26, 2019
Fallout from Auston Matthews’ disorderly conduct charge, Guy Lafleur to undergo heart surgery, Cammi Granato makes NHL history, plus the latest on Brandon Dubinsky, Alex Galchenyuk, and more in today’s morning coffee headlines.
TORONTO SUN/TORONTO STAR: The Toronto Maple Leafs knew nothing about Auston Matthews’ alleged disorderly conduct incident in May until the report emerged earlier this week. General manager Kyle Dubas claimed he discovered it on Twitter and was upset and disappointed when he learned of the 22-year-old center’s actions. Dubas declined to comment about how this incident would affect the club’s decision to name a new captain.
Matthews is alleged to have attempted to enter a security guard’s vehicle outside his Scottsdale, Arizona condo while she was doing paperwork. After she exited the vehicle, he is alleged to have dropped his trousers and grabbed his buttocks through his underwear as he walked away. He and several friends were reportedly intoxicated at the time.
Matthews made a statement yesterday expressing regret for his actions. He admitted it was a big mistake on his part to try and deal with the issue privately.
THE SCORE: Body cam footage of the police interview with Matthews’ accuser has been released.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: By not informing the Leafs of what happened and trying to keep it quiet, Matthews made this situation much worse. TSN’s Rick Westhead reports Matthews could face several months of jail time and a fine if convicted, though it’s doubtful he’ll see any time behind bars.
LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Hall-of-Famer Guy Lafleur will undergo quadruple heart bypass surgery today.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping the operation is successful and Lafleur makes a full, speedy recovery.
NBC SPORTS: The NHL’s Seattle expansion franchise named Cammi Granato as the league’s first female scout. Granato captained the U.S. Women’s Hockey Team to gold in the 1998 Winter Olympics and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010. She joins Ulf Samuelsson, Stu Barnes, Dave Hunter, and John Goodwin on Seattle’s scouting staff.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to Granato on this history-making appointment.
TSN: Columbus Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky is sidelined indefinitely with a wrist injury and will likely to miss the start of the season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dubinsky missed 21 games last season with various injuries and 18 games in 2017-18 with a fractured orbital bone.
TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins held winger Alex Galchenyuk out of last night’s preseason game against Detroit as a precautionary measure. He’s dealing with a nagging undisclosed injury.
CBS SPORTS: The Florida Panthers released Troy Brouwer from his professional tryout offer.
Carolina Hurricanes winger Saku Maenalanen has signed a one-year contract with the KHL’s Helsinki Jokerit.
WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe will miss the rest of the preseason with an upper-body injury.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Former NHL player Tom Laidlaw as part of the cast of “Survivor: Island of the Idols”.