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. 

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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.