NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 31, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 31, 2017

Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler believes his club can reach the playoffs in 2018.

Check out the latest in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets captain Blake Wheeler believes his team has the talent this season to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2015. “It’s got to be this year, it just has to be,” said Wheeler. “A part of that is getting better goaltending and a part of that is playing better in front of our goalies, allowing them to maybe not see as many odd-man rushes or the breakdowns that we have sometimes.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Since relocating from Atlanta in 2011, the Jets have only reached the playoffs once. They have playoff caliber offense but the same cannot be said of their goaltending and defensive play. 

During this summer, management brought in goaltender Steve Mason and defenseman, defenseman Dmitry Kulikov and checking-line center Matt Hendricks. If the Jets fail to reach the playoffs this season, big changes could be in store in the front office and behind the bench. A roster shakeup could also be in store. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights have announced the player jersey numbers for their inaugural season. 

NBC SPORTS: The NHL and NHLPA teamed up to raise $200,000 for Hurricane Harvey flood relief. 

BOSTON GLOBE: Single-game Bruins tickets for 2017-18 go on sale on September 7. 

STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis County Council approved a resolution for a delay on the construction of a new practice facility for the Blues over land grading begun without federal approval. 

TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild are in need of a new anthem singer. James Bohn, who sung the anthem at Wild games since 2010-11 has stepped down from his role.