NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 25, 2021

by | Aug 25, 2021 | News, NHL | 9 comments

More legal trouble for Evander Kane, Kevin Hayes pays tribute to his late brother Jimmy, more Canadian teams require proof of vaccination to attend games, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

THE ATHLETIC: San Jose Sharks winger Evander Kane faces more legal troubles. Daniel Kaplan reports a federal bankruptcy judge has approved for discovery in a lawsuit filed against Kane alleging he reneged on a promise to pay at least $2 million for an abortion.

San Jose Sharks winger Evander Kane (NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kaplan also pointed out Kane filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, endured a very public, messy, ongoing divorce from his wife and learned several of his teammates want him traded. He’s also the subject of an ongoing investigation by the league regarding allegations made by his estranged wife that he bet on NHL games.

SPORTSNET: Philadelphia Flyers forward Kevin Hayes made a heartfelt tribute on Instagram to his brother Jimmy, who died suddenly on Monday. He said he lost his best friend, crediting his older brother with paving the way for his NHL career.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to the Hayes family. Tributes poured in following Jimmy’s passing from around the hockey world.

DAILY FACEOFF: The Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames are the latest teams to require fans to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend their games this season. The Winnipeg Jets and Toronto Maple Leafs announced similar rules earlier this month. The Edmonton Oilers are expected to follow suit.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Ottawa Senators are also expected to implement similar rules and I daresay the Montreal Canadiens will do the same.

THE PROVINCE: Daniel Sedin is enjoying the active role he and brother Henrik have taken in management decisions this offseason with the Vancouver Canucks. The twins were hired as senior advisors to general manager Jim Benning earlier this year. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens announced France Margaret Belanger has been named president (sports and entertainment) of Groupe CH. She becomes the first woman to serve on the Canadiens executive committee in its 104-year history. She also serves, alongside team owner Geoff Molson, as an alternate governor for the team.

MLIVE.COM: Former Detroit Red Wings forward Valtteri Filppula is returning to Europe after 16 NHL seasons. He signed a one-year contract with Geneve-Servette of the Swiss Hockey League.

NEW YORK POST: The Rangers announced Gord Murphy and Mike Kelly will serve as assistant coaches under head coach Gerard Gallant. Murphy is being promoted from the AHL’s Hartford Wolfpack. Steve Smith joins the Wolfpack as an assistant.

WINDSOR SPITFIRES: Announced former NHL player Marc Savard as their new head coach.


  1. $2m to have an abortion and by the sound of it she had it. Their both terrible people.

    • Feel better? Judging people you don’t know, nor their circumstances?

      “Judge not, lest ye be judged.” Words to remember.

    • Swear I heard this wasn’t thier first rodeo either. He paid her something in the range of $150k for the first one.

      Complete asholes

    • Pete, lol as you just judged.

      Yes if you paid $2m to have an abortion and if you had an abortion to receive $2m i will judge you for what you are all day and every day.

      Doesn’t make me feel better at all, that someone would commit such an act for money.

      Put a wrapper on it.

  2. Looks like being the most toxic person in an NHL locker room is just the tip of the iceberg?

  3. So good to hear Savard is healthy enough to put up with the rigors of coaching and the bright and loud arenas.

  4. Go Spits!

    If anyone here loves a truly good play by play announcer, you should listen to a spits game. Steve Bell is one of the best in hockey, and I mean ALL of hockey. A true gem.

  5. Pretty sure they didn’t need the autopsy -I graduated and spent three years with Brad he is my friend his 17 yr old son passed away two days ago his heart stopped beating they live in Australia I can’t stop shaking I’m mess God help us this world needs it. RIP.

    • Apologies for my ignorance Obe. Who is Brad?…..condolences nonetheless.