NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 9, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 9, 2016

Nathan MacKinnon scores one of his two goals in Team North America's 4-0 win over Team Europe in World Cup of Hockey pretournament play.

Nathan MacKinnon scores one of his two goals in Team North America’s 4-0 win over Team Europe in World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament play.

 World Cup of Hockey updates, Patrick Roy talks about leaving the Avalanche, Paul Gaustad retires & more in your NHL morning headlines. 

NHL.COM:  In World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament action, Finland edged Sweden 3-2 on an overtime goal by Olli Maatta, Evgeny Dadonov’s goal held up as the winner as Russia nipped the Czech Republic 4-3 and Nathan MacKinnon scored twice to lead Team North America to a 4-0 victory over Team Europe. 

ESPN.COM:  Team North America also named Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid their team captain, with Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad and Philadelphia Flyers blueliner Shayne Gostisbehere as his alternates. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE:  Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa suffered an undisclosed injury during Team Europe’s 4-0 loss to Team North America. He missed the entire third period and following the game went for x-rays. The injury isn’t serious and he’s expected to play in Team Europe’s next game.

STLTODAY.COM:  Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka suffered an apparent shoulder injury playing for the Czech Republic in their 4-3 loss to Team Russia on Thursday. It’s reportedly a clavicle injury but might not be serious. He could play in the Czechs’ next pre-tournament game on Saturday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If injuries start mounting during this tournament, it could dampen the enthusiasm of NHL owners and general managers to allow their best players to take part in future World Cup of Hockey contests. 

TSN: Former Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy claims disagreements over “the types of players and stuff like that” and “people working for the team” were behind his decision to abruptly resign last month. Roy also denied a rumor claiming the Avs decision not to pursue free agent Alexander Radulov, who played for him during their days with the Quebec Remparts, was a reason for stepping down. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It might also be a coincidence that Roy’s resignation came within two weeks of the club’s decision to re-sign defenseman Tyson Barrie to a long-term contract. Still, I’d put more credence into that speculation than that stuff about Roy having his nose out of joint because the Avs passed up a chance to sign Radulov. 

THE TENNESSEAN: After 12 NHL seasons and 727 games, center Paul Gaustad announced his retirement on Thursday. In nearly seven seasons with the Buffalo Sabres and almost five with the Nashville Predators, the 34-year-old netted 231 points and was renowned for his faceoff and defensive skills. 

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Forward Devin Setoguchi is opening up over the drug and alcohol abuse that nearly derailed his playing career. Having received treatment for his addictions, Setoguchi is on a PTO with the Los Angeles Kings in hopes of getting his NHL career back on track. 

THE HOCKEY NEWS: Former NHL goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov is contemplating retirement if he doesn’t land another NHL job. 

SUN-SENTINEL.COM:  The Florida Panthers signed former Winnipeg Jets defenseman Adam Pardy and former Minnesota Wild forward Justin Fontaine to professional tryout offers. 

NBC SPORTS: Former Carolina Hurricanes forward Zach Boychuk accepted a PTO with the Arizona Coyotes. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens tickets for 2016-17 go on sale Saturday. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 2, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 2, 2016

A knee injury knocks Henrik Zetterberg out of the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

A knee injury knocks Henrik Zetterberg out of the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

 Updates on Henrik Zetterberg, Sidney Crosby, Brad Marchand & more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines. 

MLIVE.COM: A knee injury has knocked Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg out of the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. Zetterberg suffered the injury during off-ice training, but won’t require surgery. Wings GM Ken Holland said he isn’t sure Zetterberg will be ready for the start of training camp but is confident he’ll be good to go for the start of the season. He will be replaced on Team Sweden by Mikael Backlund. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That Zetterberg won’t require surgery bodes well for his return by the start of the season. 

SI.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby admits he felt self-doubt during his struggles early last season. He credits playing instinctively for regaining his dominant form. He also said winning the Stanley Cup this spring was partly a relief, considering all the club went through last season and what transpired for him since winning the Cup in 2009. 

BOSTON HERALD: Bruins winger Brad Marchand isn’t commenting on contract negotiations, other than expressing his hope that something will get done. Marchand, 28, is eligible next summer for unrestricted free agency. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Marchand is among the last links to the Bruins 2011 championship club and among their team leaders. I expect Bruins management will re-sign him at some point in the upcoming season. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS:  The Sabres announced forward Zemgus Girgensons signed a one-year, $1.15 million contract. 

NBC SPORTS: Unrestricted free agent center Paul Gaustad is expected to announce his retirement within the next two weeks. 

NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils are in the process of releasing prospect Ben Johnson, who was convicted this week of sexual assault in Windsor, Ontario.