NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 3, 2019
Several stars could reach notable milestones this season, Justin Williams takes a break, an update on Cam Talbot, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
THE HOCKEY NEWS: Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby are among several NHL stars chasing notable milestones this season. With 658 career goals, Ovechkin could reach 700 by season’s end. Crosby, meanwhile, is 89 points shy of 1,300.
Others chasing statistical milestones include Joe Thornton (1,500 points), Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara (1,500 games played), and New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (450 victories).
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Justin Williams isn’t retiring but announced yesterday he’s “stepping away” from the NHL. “Because of my current indecision, and without the type of mental and physical commitment that I’m accustomed to having, I’ve decided to step away from the game,” he announced in a statement yesterday.
Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell also released a statement thanking Williams for his honesty and respecting his decision.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Williams may be taking a break but there’s a feeling he could return at some point this season. He’ll have until the Feb. 24 trade deadline to do so. I’ll have more on this in the Rumors section.
THE ATHLETIC: Calgary Flames goaltender Cam Talbot returned to his roots in Caledonia, Ontario this summer in hopes of getting his career back on track. He spent six weeks at the Grainger Training Centre with his long-time goalie coach, Pat Di Pronio.
Lance Bouma has signed a PTO with the L.A Kings, spent last year in the Swiss League.
— Rick Dhaliwal (@DhaliwalSports) September 2, 2019
Plano native and UFA Stefan Noesen skating today with Stars players at informal skate. He’s wearing Stars gear and had No. 81 on helmet. There aren’t any other non-Stars at skate. Could mean something, could just be borrowing gear while looking for next opportunity. We’ll see.
— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) September 2, 2019