NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 27, 2019
Blackhawks blueliners Seabrook, de Haan are done for the season, Cam Atkinson sidelined, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook and Calvin de Haan will each undergo season-ending surgery today. Seabrook will have a procedure done on his right shoulder today, and on both hips in January and February. de Haan will also undergo surgery on his right shoulder. It’s the same one he has repaired last spring.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is a serious blow for an already talent-thin Blackhawks blueline. It will also prompt speculation whether they’ll go into the trade market to keep their fading playoff hopes alive. I’ll have more later this morning in the Rumors section.
Speaking of sidelined Blackhawks, winger Brandon Saad will miss three weeks with an injured right ankle.
CBS SPORTS: Columbus Blue Jackets winger Cam Atkinson is expected to miss two-to-three weeks with a sprained ankle.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s been a difficult season for Atkinson. With nine goals and 21 points in 33 games, he’s well below last season’s career-high 41-goal, 69-point performance.
NJ.COM: Devils defenseman P.K. Subban received an engagement ring from fiancee Lindsey Vonn on Christmas Day. Subban proposed to Vonn in August and she said she was returning the favor.
ESPN.COM: Prior to the recent holiday break, NBC Sports suspended hockey analyst and former NHL star Jeremy Roenick for inappropriate comments about his coworkers.
The 2019 NHL holiday roster freeze lifts at 12:01 am on Dec. 28.