NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 28, 2022

by | Aug 28, 2022 | News, NHL | 6 comments

Nazem Kadri’s history-making day with the Stanley Cup, a look at the Islanders’ future top blueline tandem, Hampus Lindholm’s offseason home was destroyed by fire, and more in today’s NHL Morning Coffee Headlines.

TSN: Nazem Kadri’s day with the Stanley Cup was a history-making one as he became the first Muslim to bring hockey’s holy grail to a mosque. The event took place on Saturday in Kadri’s hometown of London, Ontario.

Calgary Flames center Nazem Kadri (NHL Images).

Kadri, 31, is the first Muslim player to win the Stanley Cup, doing so with the Colorado Avalanche in June. He recently signed a seven-year contract with the Calgary Flames. Kadri thanked his family and supporters. “I’m very appreciative, very privileged, and honored to be the first-ever Muslim to bring the Stanley Cup to the mosque,” he said. “It’s a big deal.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kadri played a key role in the Avalanche’s march to the Stanley Cup. He continues to be an inspiration to Muslims who wish to take up the sport of hockey.

NEW YORK POST: The duo of Noah Dobson and Alexander Romanov could one day become the New York Islanders’ top defense pairing. They’ve never met as Romanov was acquired in a trade last month from the Montreal Canadiens. Both recently signed new contracts with the Isles.

The little I know watching him play, he’s obviously a talented player,” said Dobson of Romanov. He skates really well and he’s got a physical presence out there and a high compete level.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dobson enjoyed a 51-point breakout performance last season as one of the few bright spots in an otherwise forgettable season for the Isles. Romanov is more of a physical defensive rearguard but can contribute offensively. The Isles will have a solid defense for the next several years if Dobson and Romanov gel as a blueline tandem behind the top pairing of Ryan Pulock and Adam Pelech.

SPORTBLADET: Hampus Lindholm’s off-season home in Sweden was recently destroyed by fire. The Boston Bruins defenseman was not at the house when the blaze erupted and no one was hurt. Police are investigating arson but it’s believed the fire started in a side building in a battery charger.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lindholm also said he was appreciative of the Bruins for reaching out and offering their help.

FLORIDA HOCKEY NOW: After being bought out by the San Jose Sharks, Rudolfs Balcers is looking forward to joining the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Panthers. He netted a career-high 11 goals last season and believes he could’ve reached 20 with the opportunities he was given with the Sharks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Balcers could have a chance to tally 20 goals this season if he’s given the right role with the high-scoring Panthers.

SAN JOSE HOCKEY NOW: Speaking of the Sharks, former director of scouting Doug Wilson Jr has joined the Seattle Kraken as an amateur scout.


  1. @ George
    Previous post of yours , as per the order of finish this upcoming season – as per Canadian teams , written by Simmons

    My order , not anyone else’s order – unless u r in agreement


    Calgary All “3” – A photo
    4Th- Bold Pick








    Kadri definitely influenced this decision , I have always been a “fan” and devastated when he was traded out of Kitchener !
    Toronto – I am betting with my heart
    Edmonton is Stacked with major talent !


    • Ken, with a goalie like Demko – a solid Top 3 D, offensive power of some significance, and Boudreau behind the bench for a full season, I would hesitate to put the Canucks that low.

      When Boudreau took over last season they were a pathetic 8 – 15 – 2 with 60gf and 80ga – a .360 % pace. Under his guidance they went 32 – 15 – 10 189gf 156ga the rest of the way – a .649 % pace that came up just short.

      • Agree with that, George, although Demko will be the key. If he stays healthy and plays well, Vancouver will be competitive and fun to watch.
        I also think the Atlantic division will see a lot of great games this year – teams like Ottawa, Detroit and Buffalo look much improved.
        Can’t wait.

      • Totally agree there BCLeafFan – The Atlantic is going to be the most competitive it’s been in over half a decade – at least from 1 to 7.

        In the Pacific I can see the Canucks getting comfortably past Vegas. Depends on who makes the most of divisional games against the 3 weak sisters – SJ, Anaheim and Seattle.

  2. Congratulations Nazem! A well-deserved honor. Good luck with Calgary.

    • Ok – Fine – I will swap the 5th and 6th positions

      Vancouver at 5

      Winnipeg at 6

      I am waiting on Dorion to pull the trigger on a top 2 Defense man