NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 9, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 9, 2016

Shea Weber in a Montreal Canadiens uniform for the first time.

Shea Weber in a Montreal Canadiens uniform for the first time.

 Updates on Shea Weber, Brent Burns and more in this morning’s collection of notable NHL headlines

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Nearly six weeks after being acquired by the Montreal Canadiens from the Nashville Predators, defenseman Shea Weber made his first appearance in Montreal. Weber participated in an off-ice workout with the Habs strength and conditioning coach, followed by photos in his new jersey and meeting head coach Michel Therrien and several new teammates. Weber will be formally introduced to the Montreal media today.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Weber will be an alternate captain with the Canadiens this season. He will likely face a blizzard of questions today over his role with the club, the inevitable comparison with departed fan favorite P.K. Subban and how much he has left in the tank. 

YAHOO SPORTS:  The San Jose Sharks will be giving away “Brent Burns grills” to their fans on March 12, 2017.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yes, Sharks fans, you too can have the same toothless grin as hockey’s most talented Wookie. It’s all in good fun, of course.

TSN:  Mark Napier will re-sign from the NHL Alumni Association at year’s end. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Napier is a controversial figure among some former NHL players, who believe he’s done little to assist those struggling with health issues related to their playing days.

TORONTO SUN: “Longtime high school coach Bill Belisle, forward Craig Janney and the 1996 World Cup of Hockey team are this year’s inductees into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.”

ESPN.COM: The OHL’s London Knights, the United States National Team Development Program, the University of Michigan, Frolunda, Kladno, Karpat and Jokerit are the world’s top hockey factories. The alumni of these teams and programs are among many of the participants in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

SUN-SENTINEL.COM:  Florida Panthers single-game tickets go on sale on Wednesday, August 10.