NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 5, 2020
Updates on Thomas Greiss, Andy Greene, Peter Laviolette, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
THE SCORE: New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss is offering food, toilet paper, and other items to people in need during this coronavirus pandemic.
NEWSDAY: Islanders defenseman Andy Greene expects to continue his NHL career next season. Whether it’s with the Isles, however, remains to be seen.
The 37-year-old Greene was acquired from the New Jersey Devils on Feb. 16. He’s an unrestricted free agent this summer.
NBC SPORTS: Peter Laviolette hopes to return to the NHL coaching ranks. With 637 wins, he’s only the fourth coach in league history to guide three different teams (Carolina, Philadelphia, Nashville) to the Stanley Cup Final. He was selected to coach Team USA at the 2020 World Championships, but that tournament was canceled because of the coronavirus.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given Laviolette’s record, he’ll return behind an NHL bench at some point within the next year or two.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele are among the only four players remaining from the Jets’ 2011-12 roster. Dustin Byfuglien and Bryan Little are the other two.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Judging by recent reports, that number will be down to three whenever next season opens. Byfuglien’s contract is expected to be terminated soon.
Saturday, April 4th was to be the last day of the NHL regular season…but we missed the final 24 days and 189 games…including 15 games on this Saturday…a season or non-season like no other.
— John Shannon (@JShannonhl) April 4, 2020
“Nobody gives a shit right now… Better to turn hockey rinks into makeshift hospitals or morgues.“ — Dr. Alan Drummond of the Canadian Association of Emergency Room Physicians on when the NHL & other leagues should resume play. pic.twitter.com/TVH3wjUTdt — Rick Westhead (@rwesthead) April 4, 2020