NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 4, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 4, 2017

Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher announces his retirement.

Mike Fisher retires plus updates on Nate Schmidt, Jakob Chychrun and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

THE TENNESSEAN: After 17 NHL seasons, Nashville Predators captain Mike Fisher yesterday announced his retirement. He thanked the fans and the city of Nashville for supporting him and his teammates, especially during their march to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.

A well-respected player, Fisher’s announcement drew reaction on social media from fans, pundits, players and his wife, country star Carrie Underwood. He was also well regarded in Ottawa, where he spent 11 seasons with the Senators. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In 1,088 NHL games with the Senators and Predators, Fisher scored 276 goals and added 309 assists for 585 points. He also tallied 51 points in 134 playoff games. In his prime, he was an excellent two-way center, though his playing style had him dogged by injuries throughout his career.

Fisher was also a highly-regarded player who was involved in community activities, first in Ottawa and then in Nashville. A devout Christian, he was one of hockey’s good guys and it wouldn’t be surprising if he goes on to work for the Predators in some capacity. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights and defenseman Nate Schmidt went through salary arbitration yesterday and await the arbiter’s decision on Saturday. There’s still time for the two sides to work out a deal before then. Schmidt’s agent said his client handled it well and both sides were “very professional” in the hearing. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Detroit Red Wings and Tomas Tatar also went through the process last month and settled before the arbiter’s ruling. It’ll be interesting to see how Schmidt’s situation shakes out. 

AZCENTRAL.COM: Bad news for the Arizona Coyotes, as defenseman Jakob Chychrun is sidelined indefinitely following surgery to repair a knee injury he suffered during offseason training. A further update is expected when training camp opens on Sept. 14. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Chychrun, 19, has a promising NHL debut last season, with 20 points 68 games. I’ll have more on this later this morning in my Rumors section. 

CALGARY SUN: The Flames promoted pro scout Don Maloney to assistant general manager. He was executive vice president, general manager, and alternate governor of the Coyotes until last summer. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Former IOC member Dick Pound slammed the NHL’s decision not to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

BSN DENVER: ESPN Sportscenter anchor John Buccigross is optimistic the NHL could return to his network when the league’s current contract with NBC Sports expires in three years time.