NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 2, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 2, 2018

Latest on John Tortorella, Roberto Luongo, Jonathan Drouin and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

SPORTSNET: Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella said he won’t allow the uncertainty over the futures of left wing Artemi Panarin and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky become a distraction when the players return to the ice later this month. Panarin and Bobrovsky are slated to become unrestricted free agents next July but there’s been no progress in the club’s contract negotiations with the pair. 

Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo hopes to help his club reach its Stanley Cup potential. (Photo via NHL Images)

  NHL.COM: At 39, goaltender Roberto Luongo hopes to avoid injury this season and help the Florida Panthers reach their Stanley Cup potential.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite his age, Luongo’s proven he’s still a reliable starter when he’s healthy. However, he’s been hampered by injuries in recent years. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE:  Despite his struggles at center last season, Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin hopes for better result filling that position in 2018-19.  

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Drouin showed some improvement at center during the second half of 2017-18. Perhaps that’ll carry over into this season. The Canadiens need all the help they can get at that position. 

NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: The Capitals signed free-agent forward Sergei Shumakov to a one-year, two-way contract worth $925K at the NHL level. Shumakov, 26, spent the past six seasons in the KHL.

NBC SPORTS: James O’Brien considers it quaint that some hockey teams are fearful over their players taking up too much of their spare time playing video games such as Fortnite. He feels it’s much ado about nothing.