NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 24, 2018
Maple Leafs add Hayley Wickenheiser to their front office, plus the latest on Kyle Okposo, Jason Chimera and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
TSN: The Toronto Maple Leafs yesterday announced Hayley Wickenheiser was hired as their new assistant director of player personnel. Wickenheiser is a four-time gold medalist with Canada’s women’s Olympic hockey team. Former Leafs defenseman Stephane Robidas takes over as director of player personnel.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A member of the Order of Canada, Wickenheiser is a trailblazer and among the most respected players in Canadian hockey. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Leafs.
WGR 550: Having recently turned 30, Buffalo Sabres winger Kyle Okposo is hoping to rebound from last season’s 44-point effort.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Okposo’s had a rough couple of seasons, including a health scare in 2017. At 30, he’s at the stage in his career where performance decline becomes inevitable but he’s hoping to defy the odds this season.
EDMONTON JOURNAL’s Jim Matheson reports veteran NHL forward Jason Chimera, 40, remains without a contract as training camp approaches. He’s uncertain if he’ll accept a professional tryout offer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: At this stage in Chimera’s career, he might not have much choice if he wants to continue playing in the NHL.
VANCOUVER SUN: With a bloated training camp roster, it’s unlikely the Canucks will be going the PTO route.
NORTH JERSEY.COM: Former NHL defenseman Ryan Parent has joined the coaching staff of the New Jersey Devils’ AHL affiliate in Binghamton.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens alumni will play a charity game against Our Nation’s Heroes, a team consisting of soldiers, veterans and first responders on Sunday, Oct. 28 at the Leon’s Centre in Kingston.