NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 8, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 8, 2016

San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski named captain of Team USA in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski named captain of Team USA in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

 World Cup of Hockey updates, Predators name Mike Fisher captain & more in your NHL morning headlines.

USA HOCKEY: Team USA named San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski its captain in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey tournament. Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter and Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane were named the alternates. 

THE TENNESSEAN:  The Nashville Predators will name center Mike Fisher their new team captain today. He replaces Shea Weber, who was dealt in late-June to the Montreal Canadiens for P.K. Subban. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a sensible choice. The 36-year-old Fisher is among the Predators’ longest-servicing active players. He was the alternate captain for the past four years and is well respected by his teammates.

THE NEWS & OBSERVER:  Goaltender MIchael Leighton returns to the Carolina Hurricanes on a one-year, two-way contract. He spent parts of three seasons with the Canes from 2007 to 2009. 

VANCOUVER SUN:  The Canucks hired former player Manny Malhotra as a development coach. 

TORONTO STAR: Former NHL enforcer George Parros has joined the league’s department of player safety.  

NBC SPORTS:  The NHL announced the anthem protocol for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. For Team North America, comprised of 23-and-younger players from Canada and the United States, the anthems of both nations will be played before their games. No anthem will be played before Team Europe’s games. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Damn! I was hoping Team Europe’s anthem would be “The Final Countdown“. 

WINNIPEG SUN: Tickets are on sale for the Heritage Classic between the Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets.  

PHILLY.COM:  Former Philadelphia Flyers defenseman and two-time NHL All-Star Bob Dailey passed away Wednesday at age 63 following a long bout with cancer. He played nine NHL seasons with the Vancouver Canucks and the Flyers before injuries cut short his career in 1982. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: At 6’5 and 220 lbs, Dailey was one of the biggest defensemen in the NHL at that time. He was also talented, netting 325 points in 561 regular-season games and 46 points in 63 playoff games. If not for the injuries that hampered his career, he could’ve been among the dominant blueliners of his era. My condolences to his family and friends. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 4, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 4, 2016

Henrik Lundqvist denies a report claiming he'll miss the World Cup of Hockey.

Henrik Lundqvist denies a report claiming he’ll miss the World Cup of Hockey.

 World Cup of Hockey roster updates, Manny Malhotra retires & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NEW YORK POST: No truth to a rumor New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist suffered an injury during a recent golf tournament that could sideline him from the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. Lundqvist admits suffering some discomfort after taking a puck to his rib cage during a recent practice, but he’s ready to play for Sweden in the World Cup.

CSN BAY AREA:  San Jose Sharks winger Tomas Hertl won’t be playing for the Czech national team in the upcoming World Cup. He’s not fully recovered from a knee injury suffering in the 2016 Stanley Cup Final and wants to be ready for the start of the Sharks season in October. 

PHILLY.COM:  Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas (wrist injury) also won’t be skating for the Czech club in the World Cup. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In recent weeks, several notable players were forced to drop out of the tournament because of lingering injuries or offseason surgery. In addition to Hertl and Gudas, Jamie Benn, Duncan Keith and Jeff Carter (Canada),Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall and Robin Lehner (Sweden), David Krejci (Czech), Sean Monahan (North America) and Frederik Andersen (Europe) were also sidelined. 

THE PROVINCE: Center Manny Malhotra has retired after 16 NHL seasons. The Vancouver Canucks could add him to their coaching or player development ranks. In addition to the Canucks, he played for the New York Rangers, Dallas Stars, Columbus Blue Jackets, San Jose Sharks, Carolina Hurricanes and Montreal Canadiens. He also overcame a serious eye injury in 2011 that nearly derailed his career. In 991 games, Malhotra netted 116 goals and 295 points, earning a reputation as an invaluable faceoff man.

USA TODAY: The Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, Philadelphia Flyers, New York Islanders and St. Louis Blues are five 2016 playoff clubs in danger of missing the postseason in 2017.  

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe the Flyers will be a better club this season and don’t see the Blues suffering that much from losing David Backes and Troy Brouwer to free agency and trading away Brian Elliott to Calgary. 

TORONTO SUN: Turns out Toronto mayor John Tory knew Steven Stamkos would re-sign with the Tampa Bay Lightning before it was officially reported. Tory was part of a group trying to convince Stamkos to sign with the Maple Leafs.

LAS VEGAS JOURNAL-REVIEW: Bill Foley, owner of the NHL’s Las Vegas expansion franchise, admits he registered some fake names for his team as a misdirection ploy.