NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 30, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 30, 2016

Pittsburgh Penguins hope Phil Kessel (hand surgery) is ready for the start of the season.

Pittsburgh Penguins hope Phil Kessel (hand surgery) is ready for the start of the season.

 Updates on Phil Kessel, Tomas Plekanec, David Krejci & more in this morning’s collections of NHL headlines. 

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE:  Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford remains hopeful right wing Phil Kessel will be ready for the club’s home opener on Oct. 13. Kessel had surgery on one of his hands during the offseason. Rutherford also said other Penguins recovering from injuries, including defenseman Trevor Daley (broken ankle) are “tracking in the right direction”. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If any of them miss the home opener, it doesn’t sound as though they’ll be sidelined for long. 

THE BOSTON GLOBE:  Bruins defenseman Torey Krug (shoulder surgery) and center David Krejci (hip surgery) have returned to the ice and expect to be healthy in time for the regular season. Krejci isn’t ruling out playing for the Czech Republic in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m guessing Bruins management prefers Krejci gives the World Cup a miss. 

NBC SPORTS:  Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec was named captain of the Czech Repubic’s World Cup of Hockey team. Plekanec also captained their 2014 Olympic and 2016 World Championship teams. 

NHL.com’s Aaron Ward reports via Twitter the Columbus Blue Jackets Carolina Hurricanes extended a professional tryout offer to unrestricted free agent forward Raffi Torres. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH:  The Blue Jackets also hired former NHL player and Florida Panthers assistant coach John Madden as head coach of their AHL affiliate in Cleveland. 

NEWSDAY:  The New York Islanders practice arena has been renamed the Al Arbour Rink. Arbour, the long-time Isles coach who guided the club to four consecutive Stanley Cup championships in the early 1980s, passed away a year ago. 

ARIZONA REPUBLIC:  The Coyotes open training camp on Sept. 22. 

NHL.COM:  The NHL’s Las Vegas expansion franchise has trademarked the Desert Knights, Golden Knights and Silver Knights as three potential team nicknames.