NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 23, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 23, 2017

Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid downplays talk he’s the NHL’s top player.

Updates on Connor McDavid, Jarome Iginla, Shane Doan and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

TSN: Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid is attempting to downplay his displacing Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby atop The Hockey News’ annual ranking of the 50 best NHL players. “Everyone knows who the best player in the league is…and it’s not me,” said a modest McDavid.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some will point to McDavid winning the Hart Memorial Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award and the Art Ross Trophy as proof he’s now the NHL’s top player. Others will point to Crosby winning his second consecutive Conn Smythe Trophy leading the Penguins to their second straight Stanley Cup championship ( as well as winning the Richard Trophy as the top scorer in the regular season) as indicative of his ongoing dominance. McDavid can downplay that talk now, but he’s clearly Crosby’s successor. 

Sean Burke, general manager of Canada’s Men’s Olympic Hockey Team, contacted unrestricted free agents Jarome Iginla and Shane Doan about their potential availability. Whether the two veterans are interested remains to be seen. Iginla’s agent, Don Meehan, said they’re currently not dealing with this issue. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Iginla and Doan obviously hope to sign with NHL clubs for the upcoming season, which would make them ineligible to play in the 2018 Olympics. If they don’t get new NHL contracts, I can see them skating for Team Canada in South Korea. 

OTTAWA SUN: Former Senators executive Daniel Alfredsson intends to take some time away from hockey to focus on his family. They’ll continue to live in Ottawa. 

NBC SPORTS: Detroit Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou is mulling a one-year offer from a KHL team. Talks between the Wings and the 23-year-old restricted free agent have apparently stalled. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Seems like a negotiating ploy by the Athanasiou camp to reboot those contract talks. I think the Wings would’ve re-signed him by now but they’re currently handicapped by their lack of salary-cap space

THE ATHLETIC: Defenseman James Wisniewski is skating in Columbus and hoping to sign with an NHL team. He split last season between the KHL and AHL. Failing that, he could skate with Team USA in the Pyeongchang Olympics. 

TORONTO SUN: Unrestricted free agent winger Scottie Upshall could also consider playing in the Olympics if unable to land an NHL job. 

NEW YORK POST: Former New Jersey Devils winger Bobby Farnham signed a professional tryout offer with the New York Rangers. 

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators will hold auditions Thursday for anthem singers.