NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 12, 2021

by | Sep 12, 2021 | News, NHL | 7 comments

Anders Lee looks forward to returning from a knee injury, Dylan Cozens hopes to take on a larger role with the Sabres, the Blues unveil their 2022 Winter Classic jersey, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NEWSDAY: New York Islanders captain Anders Lee is excited about returning to action after being sidelined in March by a torn ACL in his right knee. He still needs medical clearance before rejoining his teammates when training camp opens on Sep. 22.

New York Islanders captain Anders Lee (NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lee will likely get that clearance when he undergoes his training camp medical. The Islanders missed his presence on their top line down the stretch last season and in the 2021 playoffs.

WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres sophomore center Dylan Cozens believes his club is going to surprise people this season, pointing out the club’s improvement during the second half of last season. The 20-year-old Cozens also believes he can take on a leadership role. “I’ve always seen myself as a leader,” he said. ” I want to lead by example and be a guy that guys can look to if they need anything or look to to inspire them.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sabres are heading into another rebuild. Cozens could play a key role in that process, especially if current captain Jack Eichel gets traded as anticipated later this season.

NBC SPORTS: The St. Louis Blues unveiled their jerseys for the 2022 Winter Classic against the Minnesota Wild on Jan. 1, 2022, at Target Field in Minneapolis. The jersey is described as offering “a modern spin on an original worn in 1967”, the year the Blues joined the NHL.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It looks pretty good too. I’ve always been a fan of the Blues’ jersey from their early years in the NHL.

NBC SPORTS BAY AREA: Marcus Sorensen confirmed he’s returning to Sweden after five seasons with the San Jose Sharks. The 29-year-old left winger tallied 31 goals and 64 points in 226 NHL games. He’ll be suiting up this season with the SHL’s Djugardens IF.

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins recently hired Charles Grant and Kain Tisi as goaltending development coaches. They replace Andy Chiodo, who was promoted to goalie coach at the NHL level.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks filed amended motions on Friday to dismiss both negligence lawsuits related to former team video coach Bradley Aldrich, who allegedly sexually assaulted a Blackhawks player in 2010.


  1. I’ve always liked that iconic original Blues jersey. This “update” looks like a seller and a keeper. If there isn’t a big picture of W. C. Handy somewhere in their arena, then there should be.

    • Why should there be a picture of w c handy in their arena?

      What did he have to do with the st louis blues?

      • He’s the father of The Blues and he wrote St. Louis Blues – the tune they used to play – and probably still do – whenever they come on the ice in the pre-game warm-up

        I just think it would be fitting

  2. The Sabres are counting on Dylan Cozens to be an important bridge between the rebuild that’s getting underway now and the rebuild that’ll start 5 years from now. At what point do we stop calling it a rebuild and start calling it a disaster.

    • And at what point do leaders lead (instead of announcing they “want to be a leader?”

      Kind of like players who announce they’re “going to be” or “want to be” good or great players?

      In the NHL (and life), it seems like it’s better to perform and then see if you’re a leader or good/great player instead of announcing that you’re “going to be” or “want to be?”

  3. Is evander kane one of the reasons Marcus Sorensen is leaving town?

    Will there be other players leaving town or asking for trades if the sharks won’t trade or buy out kane?

  4. It’s definitly possible Nasdaq. I also do not see relationships improving, especially now that kane is firmly aware he is not liked In the locker room.