NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 17, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 17, 2016

Claude Giroux a healthy scratch for Team Canada's opening game of the World Cup of Hockey.

Claude Giroux a healthy scratch for Team Canada’s opening game of the World Cup of Hockey.

 Updates on Claude Giroux, Mats Zuccarello, Nick Bonino & more in this morning’s NHL headlines. 

NBC SPORTS:  Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux will be a healthy scratch for Team Canada in their opening game of the World Cup of Hockey tournament. Since 2010-11, Giroux’s 367 points makes him the NHL’s highest-scoring player over that period. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Such is the depth on Canada’s roster than a star like Giroux can be a healthy scratch. It’s also worth noting that Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby, winner of the 2016 Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goalie, is also a healthy scratch for Team Canada in their tournament opener.

NEW YORK POST: Rangers winger Mats Zuccarello didn’t like the fact two of his best friends (Carl Hagelin and Derick Brassard) were traded since last summer. While Zuccarello understands it’s the business of the game, he admits having his buddies traded away was a painful experience.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: When a player is traded, we rarely see or hear about the emotional effect. Zuccarello will suck it up and play his best, of course, and obviously doesn’t begrudge Rangers management for trading his friends. Still, his candor reveals that it’s tough for some players to see their close friends move on. 

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE:  Penguins center Nick Bonino is hopeful of remaining with the Penguins beyond this season. He’s eligible next July for unrestricted free agency. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Bonino maintains the same successful chemistry he had last season with linemates Phil Kessel and Carl Hagelin, Penguins management will do all they can to ensure he remains in Pittsburgh beyond this season. 

PHILLY.COM:  This season is a bittersweet one for the Philadelphia Flyers. It’s the club’s 50th anniversary, but they’re celebrating it without team founder Ed Snider, who passed away earlier this year. 

TSN.CA:  Stephane Robidas will no longer be skating with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Instead, the defenseman will work with the club as a consultant. He missed all of last season to a leg injury and didn’t pass his training-camp physical. He has a season left on his contract worth a cap hit of $3 million. 

MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings hired former NHL center Shawn Horcoff as their director of player development. He replaces Jiri Fischer, who moves into a player evaluation role with the club. The Wings also invited forward Daniel Cleary to training camp on a professional tryout offer. 

OTTAWA CITIZEN:  The Senators signed former Vancouver Canucks defenseman Matt Bartkowski to a professional tryout contract. 

GENERAL FANAGER: Former Edmonton Oilers blueliner Nikita Nikitin has signed a one-year deal with Avangard Omsk of the KHL.

WINNIPEG SUN:  Hall of Famer Bobby Hull will not be attending his induction into the Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame for personal reasons.










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 26, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 26, 2016

Florida Panthers ship Dave Bolland and Lawson Crouse to the Arizona Coyotes.

Florida Panthers ship Dave Bolland and Lawson Crouse to the Arizona Coyotes.

 Updates on recent trades, free-agent signings & more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines.

 ARIZONA REPUBLIC/MIAMI HERALD: The Arizona Coyotes acquired center David Bolland and prospect forward Lawson Crouse from the Florida Panthers in exchange for conditional third-round pick in 2017 and a conditional second-round pick in 2018. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This move allows the Panthers to dump Bolland’s contract, which pays him $5.5 million annually through 2018-19. He had a modified no-trade clause, but it obviously wasn’t an issue here.

Injuries hampered Bolland over the past three seasons. The Panthers were unable to buy him out this summer because he’s still hurt. While they could’ve place him on LTIR to start this season, they were obviously keen to get his contract off their books.

It came at a high price, as Crouse was one of the Panthers’ top prospects. He could have a better chance cracking the Coyotes lineup than the Panthers this season or next. This move could turn into a significant payoff for the Coyotes if Crouse blossoms into a star in Arizona. They also have no issue with placing Bolland on LTIR. 

SPORTSNET:  The New York Rangers have reportedly signed UFA forward Brandon Pirri to a one-year, $1.1 million contract. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: An affordable gamble by the Rangers. Pirri netted 22 goals with the Florida Panthers in 2014-15. He has a decent scoring touch and can play center or on the wing. While his defensive game needs work, he could provide a nice little boost to the Blueshirts’ offense this season. 

THE DENVER POST:  The Colorado Avalanche announced Jared Bednar will be their new head coach. Bednar guided the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters to the 2016 Calder Cup title. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  The Avs were seeking a coach who could work well with their young players. Bednar should fit the bill. 

NBC SPORTS: The Avalanche are also reportedly bringing UFA winger Rene Bourque to training camp on a tryout basis. 

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild winger Zach Parise claims he’s made a full recovery from last season’s nagging back injury and is ready to go for the upcoming season. 

NHL.COM:  Sidney Crosby was named captain of Team Canada for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. Jonathan Toews and Shea Weber are the alternate captains. 

EDMONTON SUN:  Former Oilers forward and unrestricted free agent Shawn Horcoff isn’t interested in professional tryout offers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In that case, his NHL playing days are probably over.  

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL:  The NHL’s Las Vegas expansion franchise could be named the Desert Knights. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: At this point, I don’t care what they call them. Just give them a name so I can stop calling them “the NHL’s Las Vegas expansion franchise”. 

NORTHJERSEY.COM:  New Jersey Devils single-game tickets for 2016-17 go on sale today.