NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 27, 2018
Latest on Patrick Kane, Auston Matthews, Henrik Zetterberg, Martin Brodeur and Slava Voynov in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane, Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews, Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin and Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise were among dozens of American-born NHL players who gathered to honor the late USA Hockey executive Jim Johansson. The players gathered for a charity game on Sunday to raise funds for Johansson’s two-year-old daughter and for grassroots hockey.
MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill is doubtful team captain Henrik Zetterberg will be ready to play when the season opens in October. Zetterberg’s ailing back hasn’t allowed him to train properly this summer. He’s expected to report to training camp next month where he’ll undergo a medical to determine his status.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s sounds like Zetterberg won’t pass his training-camp medical. He’ll likely be placed on long-term injured reserve to start the season. If that happens, it’s doubtful he’ll be able to play this season.
THE ATHLETIC: Jeremy Rutherford reports sources say Martin Brodeur is preparing to leave the St. Louis Blues organization after four years. Brodeur served as an assistant general manager but his contract expired in June and he’s apparently decided to move on. It’s rumored he’s interested in rejoining the New Jersey Devils, though he’s said he’d like to spend more time with his son.
SPORTSNET: NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has yet to be cleared to return to the league. He said Voynov’s return depends upon completing a review process with the league to determine if he meets the parameters to return. Voynov’s misdemeanor domestic abuse conviction was dismissed by a Los Angeles judge last month, a move that allows him to apply for reinstatement.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Until Voynov has his hearing with the league any speculation over which team he might join is baseless.