NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 7, 2020

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 7, 2020

Check out the latest on Vladimir Tarasenko, P.K. Subban, Jarome Iginla and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

STLTODAY.COM: St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko is over two months into recovery from offseason shoulder surgery and seems to be doing well. He and teammate Alexander Steen won’t be healthy enough to be on the active roster when the season begins.

New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban (NHL Images).

 MONTREAL GAZETTE: New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban’s marriage to skier Lindsey Vonn was slated for this past July but is now indefinitely on hold due to COVID-19. They’re waiting until their families, spread throughout North America and Europe, can safely attend.

CALGARY SUN: A Boston TV station had no idea they were interviewing NHL Hall-of-Famer Jarome Iginla when speaking with several local motorists dealing with a winter storm on Friday. Iginla and his family live in the Boston area.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It probably would’ve been a different story if Iginla had spent the bulk of his playing career with the Bruins instead of with the Calgary Flames. He only played one season with the Bruins in 2013-14, reaching the 30-goal plateau for the 12th and final time in his 20-year NHL career.

THE SCORE: Former NHL forward Thomas Vanek believes the league isn’t as tough as it was early in his career. He points out big defensemen like Chris Pronger and Derian Hatcher were rarely called for penalties for inflicting punishment on forwards parked in front of the net. “Now the game has changed. You’ve got a lot of smaller defensemen who are more mobile,” said Vanek. “They cross-check a little bit, but those guys (Pronger, Hatcher) are nonexistent really anymore.”

RDS: Former NHL forward Maxim Lapierre announced his retirement on Sunday. He tallied 65 goals and 74 assists for 139 points in 614 games with the Montreal Canadiens, Anaheim Ducks, Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues and Pittsburgh Penguins from 2005-06 to 2014-15. He spent the last five seasons playing in Sweden, Switzerland and Germany.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Lapierre in his future endeavors.

NHL.COM: Former NHL linesman Neil Armstrong passed away Sunday at age 87. He officiated in 1,744 NHL regular-season games from 1957 to 1978 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991. He was the father of St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Armstrong’s family, friends and colleagues.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 6, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 6, 2016

Connor McDavid is the new captain of the Edmonton Oilers.

Connor McDavid is the new captain of the Edmonton Oilers.

Connor McDavid named Oilers captain, injury updates and much more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

Check out NHL.com for last night’s preseason scores.

EDMONTON SUN:  The Edmonton Oilers yesterday announced Connor McDavid as their new team captain, the 15th in franchise history. At 19, he’s also the youngest full-time captain in NHL history.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: McDavid is now fully the face of the Oilers, carrying the twin burdens of franchise player and team captain. The Oilers and their fans obviously hope he’ll follow in the footsteps of successful young captains such as Steve Yzerman, Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews. Best of luck to McDavid, he’s going to need it. He obviously has the talent to succeed, but whether he can carry the Oilers back to championship glory remains to be seen.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings winger Tanner Pearson received a four-game suspension (two of them the Kings opening two games of the regular season) for an illegal check to the head of Edmonton Oilers defenseman Brandon Davidson.

STLTODAY.COM:  St. Louis Blues forward Alexander Steen returned to action last night as his club fell 4-2 to the Washington Capitals in a preseason game in Kansas City. He’d spent the offseason recovering from shoulder surgery. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS:  A lower-body injury forced Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly out off last night’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Subsequent reports revealed this was a precautionary move and O’Reilly isn’t expected to be sidelined for long. 

THE BOSTON GLOBE: Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller (foot injury) will miss tonight’s preseason tilt against the Columbus Blue Jackets. 

NJ.COM:  New Jersey Devils defenseman Jon Merrill (broken index finger) and forward Luke Gazdic (broken left foot) will be sidelined for the next four weeks. 

NBC SPORTS: The Columbus Blue Jackets yesterday released defenseman Keith Aulie, defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron, right wing Mike Brown and center Jarret Stoll from their professional tryout contracts. The New York Rangers released forward Maxim Lapierre from his PTO. 

MIAMI HERALD: The approach of Hurricane Matthew forced the Florida Panthers to cancel tonight’s preseason game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.