NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 17, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 17, 2019

An update on CBA talks, Canucks re-sign GM Jim Benning, plus the latest on Victor Hedman, Joe Pavelski, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

SPORTSNET: NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said he’s cautiously optimistic regarding collective bargaining discussions with the NHL Players Association. He also said it’s possible the NHL could stage a World Cup of Hockey tournament in 2021 if the current CBA is extended or renewed. “I think both sides have been open that the agreement’s not a perfect agreement and could be improved, but nobody’s holding out for a home run,” said Daly.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Daly’s remarks are the first we’ve heard regarding CBA discussions for some time. The current agreement expires in Sept. 2022.

Both sides have an opportunity to exercise an early “opt-out” of the deal next month. If one or the other takes that option, this CBA expires next September. In a month, there will either be a new agreement, or the current one could expire next year, or both sides could kick the can down the road until 2022.

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks reportedly extended the contract of general manager Jim Benning to 2022.

The Vancouver Canucks extend the contract of general manager Jim Benning (Photo via NHL.com)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks are under a long, sometimes painful rebuild under Benning. He’s received justifiable criticism for some of his trades and free-agent signings.

However, Benning’s also restocked their prospect pipeline, bringing forth promising youngsters like Calder Trophy winner Elias Pettersson, scoring winger Brock Boeser, and defenseman Quinn Hughes. Those talented kids bought Benning more time,

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman said he’s overcome the head injury that hampered him late last season. He added that he’s been able to do what he wanted during offseason training.

THE MERCURY NEWS: Former San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski sold his Willow Glen mansion for $3.6 million,

WGR 550: The Buffalo Sabres revealed their third jersey to commemorate their 50th NHL season.

THE DETROIT NEWS: The Red Wings promoted Kris Draper to director of amateur scouting.

LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Canadiens prospect Joel Teasdale will miss at least the next seven months to a knee injury.

STAR-TRIBUNE.COM: Former Minnesota North Stars anthem singer Jim Bower passed away on July 15 at age 84.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Bowers’ family and friends.