NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 19, 2018
Barry Trotz out of Washington, Seattle group hires Dave Tippett, Mike Babcock to receive honor and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The Washington Capitals yesterday announced Barry Trotz was stepping down as head coach. Trotz, 55, guided the Capitals to two Presidents’ Trophy seasons (2016, 2017) and the Stanley Cup earlier this month.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Trotz’s contract was due to expire at the end of this month. Though there was a two-year option for an extension that would’ve given him a $300K annual pay bump, Trotz was reportedly seeking a longer-term deal for a big raise. Term, not money, was considered the deal breaker.
There’s considerable speculation over Trotz’s plans, linking him to the New York Islanders among other clubs, but it remains to be seen what his next step will be. Meanwhile, Capitals assistant coach Todd Rierden could be Trotz’s replacement.
SEATTLE TIMES: Former NHL coach Dave Tippett has been hired as a senior adviser to the group hoping to bring an NHL franchise to Seattle. The move prompts speculation he could also become their first head coach.
TSN: Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock has been named to the Order of Canada in Hockey. Two-time Olympic champion Danielle Goyotte and former Edmonton Oilers star Ryan Smyth are also receiving this honor.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to this trio. They’ve been strong representatives of Canadian hockey at the international level.
ST. JOHN’S TELEGRAM: Former NHL winger Ryane Clowe will reportedly take over as head coach of the Newfoundland Growlers, the new ECHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Clowe was employed as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils.
SPORTSNET: Former Calgary Flames forward Hakan Loob was named the team’s new European scout.
STLTODAY.COM: Former St. Louis Blues player Kelly Chase is giving up his radio color commentary duties and will become involved in private real estate.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins prospect Jordy Bellerive is reportedly in good spirits and expected to make a full recovery from injuries suffered from a fire-pit explosion during a bachelor party he attended in Calgary over the weekend.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The NHL will honor the Marjory Stoneman Douglas hockey team during the league’s annual awards on Wednesday night in Las Vegas. The team won the Florida state championships just days after 17 people were killed and another 17 wounded during a shooting at the school.