NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 15, 2016
World Cup of Hockey updates, latest on Alexander Steen, Clarke MacArthur & more in this morning’s NHL headlines.
NHL.COM: Ryan Getzlaf scored in overtime and Carey Price made 24 saves as Team Canada rallied to edge Team Russia 3-2. John Tavares’ third-period goal tied the game after Artemi Panarin gave the Russians a 2-1 lead earlier in the period.
Tomas Plekanec’s third-period goal proved the winner as Team Czech Republic downed Team North America 3-2, handing the latter their first loss of the pre-tournament. The North Americans overcame a 2-0 deficit on goals by Shayne Gostisbehere and Auston Matthews before Plekanec broke the tie.
Leon Draisaitl’s hat trick powered Team Europe to a 6-2 drubbing of Team Sweden. Henrik Lundqvist gave up five goals on 22 shots in the lopsided loss.
TSN: The NHL officially confirmed it will have four concussion spotters watching all games from a centralized location in either New York or Toronto. Those spotters will also have the authority to remove players suspected of suffering concussion symptoms from games. The policy goes into effect for the World Cup of Hockey, which officially begins on Sept. 17. The league will release more details as the regular season approaches.
STLTODAY.COM: Blues winger Alexander Steen skipped the World Cup of Hockey to allow more time to recover from offseason shoulder surgery. He expected to be good to go for the start of the season.
OTTAWA SUN: After missing nearly all of 2015-16 to concussion symptoms, Senators winger Clarke MacArthur is looking forward to suiting up this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators missed MacArthur’s leadership and experience last season. If he quickly returns to form and stays healthy, he’ll be a welcome presence to their forward lines in 2016-17.
PHILLY.COM: A mentally strong Andrew MacDonald hopes to secure a full-time roster spot with the Philadelphia Flyers this season. He spent half of 2015-16 in the minors in part because of salary-cap constraints. The Flyers had a better record last season with MacDonald in the lineup (17-7-4) than without him (24-20-10).
THE FAN 960: The Calgary Flames will reportedly offer unrestricted free agent defenseman Nicklas Grossmann a professional tryout offer.
SHARKS.NHL.COM: The San Jose Sharks have their 2016 rookie camp schedule and roster.
EDMONTON SUN: Negotiations are underway that could lead to the Ivan Hlinka under-18 international hockey tournament being staged in Edmonton every second year.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets superfan and WW2 veteran Len “Kroppy” Kropioski passed away Tuesday at the age of 98.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Kroppy’s family and friends.