NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 10, 2021

by | Oct 10, 2021 | News, NHL | 18 comments

Updates on Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel and Max Domi, the Blues sign James Neal, plus the latest injury news in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins got some promising news yesterday as Sidney Crosby (wrist surgery) and Zach Aston-Reese (COVID-19) joined their teammates in their morning skate. Crosby is tentatively scheduled to travel with the Penguins on their upcoming season-opening road trip to Florida to continue practicing with the club.

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby (NHL Images).

Meanwhile, The Athletic’s Rob Rossi reported winger Jake Guentzel is asymptomatic and continues through the COVID protocol. He hasn’t practiced since testing positive last week.

THE SCORE: Max Domi continued his remarkably quick recovery from offseason shoulder surgery. The 26-year-old Columbus Blue Jackets winger played over 13 minutes and scored a goal in his club’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Penguins. Domi was originally slated to return in November or December.

SPORTSNET: The St. Louis Blues signed winger James Neal to a one-year, $750K contract after he joined the club on a professional tryout offer. He scored four goals in five preseason contests.

TSN: Minnesota Wild forward Matt Boldy is expected to miss four to six weeks with a fractured left ankle.

THE ATHLETIC: Toronto Maple Leafs winger Ilya Mikheyev is expected to be out long term after suffering a hand injury in Saturday’s 4-1 preseason win over the Ottawa Senators.

NEW YORK POST: Rangers center Ryan Strome injured his wrist during Saturday’s preseason contest against the New York Islanders. Head coach Gerard Gallant doesn’t think it’ll keep Strome out of the lineup for Wednesday’s season-opener against the Washington Capitals.




  1. Is Logan Brown worth picking up?
    Big fella probably just needs more time adjusting to the pro game. Might be a decent project for Arizona.

    • Shoreorrpark, someone like Arizona, or San Jose, might pluck Logan Brown off waivers based solely on the fact that it wouldn’t cost much to see if their coaching staff/system can turn a big 6′ 6″ 220lb C into an NHLer.

      He’s had a rocky start to his pro career with but 30 NHL games played and 1 goal to show for it. Nor has his AHL record shown him to be anything more than a journyman type – 94gp 23g 56a 79 pts.

      Yes, he’s unfortunately been injured a lot – nagging type things – but the problem now is, when he’s on the ice he doesn’t play like a 6′ 6″ giant but more like someone skating on eggs hoping to just avoid the next injury. If he wants a real shot he has to use his size and go like hell-bent for election.

      The two I see grabbed off waivers will be Juoelvii IF he’s placed there, and Riikola out of Pittsburgh, both D.

      • Well, Juoelvi wasn’t placed on waivers – traded, instead, to Florida.

  2. Bruins clearing away space in Moore and Wagner, I doubt anyone wants to pick those two up worst gm in nhl history Sweeney trying to make room to sign guess who?……… the disrupter Playoff choker Rask.

    • Think so, Rick? I think Rask will sign for league minimum.

    • I think Mike Milbury was the worst GM in NHL history.

      • Probably right – although I think there’s a growing feeling among San Jose fans that Ron Wilson is moving up the scale.

    • The Bruins are lucky to be able to get Rask back and he’ll sign for peanuts. Great deal for Boston!

  3. George, you mean Doug, not Ron. Both Wilsons though. Cheers!

    • Doug had the Sharks there for a spell. The wheels came off as of late though. Based on his entire body of work I’d venture to guess that he’s not the worst.

      • some of their fans see Couture – 32 y/o 6 more years at $8 mil; Kane – $7 mil 4 more years, Karlsson 31 y/o $11.5 mil 6 more years, Burns 36 y/o 4 more years at $8 mil and Vlasic 34 y/o and 5 more years at $7 mil – $34 mil in total – and ask “how does he keep his job?”

    • Yeah, thanks BCLeaffan – brain fart 🙂

  4. Fans out west, what’s the story with Juolevi?

    #5 overall pick in 2016 and only played 23 games in the NHL.
    Late bloomer or whiff?

    • Both a late bloomer and a whiff.

      Late bloomer:

      Can be a good third pairing with a little more development but he is just too far down the depth chart in Vancouver now behind Hughes, OEL, Rathbone and Hunt.


      Not a good showing for a fifth overall pick. This was supposed to be a safe pick for a projected top 4 d-man. Serviceable third pairing is not a good return on a pick that high.

      In short, I like him and wish he would have developed sooner but things happen, injuries, etc. We just don’t have the room anymore on the right side so it’s time to admit it didn’t work out but I would expect that a team with room on the right will allow him to show that he does belong in the NHL, just not as a top four D as was expected.

      • Hi Flying V, I see that Juolevi shoots left. Does he play the right side?

      • Sorry Sparky, you are right, he shoots left. I meant left side but wrote right. I had right on the brain as it is our weak side while the left side is pretty solid.

      • thanks tfv

    • OJ has been frustrating for Canucks fans, to be sure. His development has been severely hampered by injuries, and this past, short season he was given a good look but the results were a mixed bag. Some decent games where he showed decent hockey smarts, and a couple others where he got absolutely turned inside out trying to defend on the rush. Haters also keep pointing out all the other picks we should have made in that draft year (Matt Tkachuk, Sergachev, etc.) With the acquisition of OEL and the emergence of Rathbone, there just isn’t any room remaining on the left side for OJ.