NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 1, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 1, 2016

St. Louis Blues winger Jaden Schwartz sidelined by an elbow injury.

St. Louis Blues winger Jaden Schwartz sidelined by an elbow injury.

 Updates on Jaden Schwartz, Christian Ehrhoff, Mattias Janmark & more in your NHL morning headlines. 

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STLTODAY.COM:  St. Louis Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz will be sidelined at least four weeks after suffering a left-elbow injury in practice on Thursday.  With the regular season starting on Oct. 12, he could only miss the first nine games of the schedule. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is the second straight year Schwartz has suffered a significant injury during practice. Last fall, he missed 49 games with a fractured ankle.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Dallas Stars center Mattias Janmark underwent knee surgery on Friday and is expected to be sidelined for five-to-six months. Janmark suffered from a genetic condition called Osteochondritis dissecans, and there’s about an 80 percent chance of a full recovery.

THE BOSTON GLOBE:  The Boston Bruins invited defenseman Christian Ehrhoff to training camp on a tryout basis. Ehrhoff had a solid performance in the World Cup of Hockey skating with Team Europe. One of his teammates was Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, who may have had a hand in Ehrhoff getting a tryout offer.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Center Jarret Stoll is trying to land a job with the Columbus Blue Jackets whilst mourning the recent death of his 17-year-old nephew Jordan Stoll, who was killed in a car accident last weekend.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Stoll and his family. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL:  Former Ottawa Senators chief amateur scout Bob Lowes was hired by the NHL’s Las Vegas franchise as their assistant director of player personnel. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 31, 2016



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 31, 2016

Latest contract news plus updates on Ryan Callahan, Blake Wheeler & more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines.

Carolina Hurricanes extend the contract of general manager Ron Francis.

Carolina Hurricanes extend the contract of general manager Ron Francis.

 THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes signed general manager Ron Francis to a contract extension to 2018-19. In a statement, team owner Peter Karmanos Jr. praised Francis for rebuilding the Hurricanes “the right way, stocking our team and system with young players who will help this franchise compete for the Stanley Cup year in and year out.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  The Hurricanes are stocked with promising young players, especially on their blue line. The club was competitive throughout last season and came very close to reaching the postseason. They could contend for a playoff berth this season.

THE BOSTON GLOBE:  The Bruins signed former New York Rangers center Dominic Moore to a one-year, $900K contract. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is an affordable depth signing by the Bruins. Moore, 36, will bring experienced depth to their checking lines. 

NHL.COM: Former Vancouver Canucks winger Chris Higgins joins the Calgary Flames on a professional tryout offer. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets signed UFA center Jarret Stoll to a PTO contract.

WINNIPEG SUN: Now mature and comfortable in his role as a top-10 scorer and team leader, Blake Wheeler is considered a candidate to become captain of the Winnipeg Jets. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES:  Lightning winger Ryan Callahan (hip surgery) is expected to return to action in mid-November. 

THE WASHINGTON POST: Restricted free agent defenseman Dmitri Orlov remains unsigned, but the Capitals see him filling a bigger role this season on their blueline. 

THE DETROIT NEWS:  Former Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood is joining the ownership of the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit.










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