NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 30, 2018
Latest on Dustin Brown, Torey Krug, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Filip Zadina and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
THE ATHLETIC: Los Angeles Kings winger Dustin Brown suffered an upper-body injury during Saturday’s preseason loss to the Anaheim Ducks after being hit by a shot by linemate Anze Kopitar. No update was provided regarding his status.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Perhaps the Kings will provide an update on Brown later today.
NBC SPORTS BOSTON: Bruins defenseman Torey Krug left yesterday’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Flyers with a lower-body injury. Blueliner Matt Grzelcyk is also sidelined with a lower-body injury.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Prospect center Jesperi Kotkaniemi will start the regular season with the Canadiens, who selected him third overall in the 2018 NHL Draft. “The 18-year-old Finn will become the first player in North America’s four major professional team sports who was born in the 2000s.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kotkaniemi was considered a long shot to make the roster this season but had a strong training camp and performed well in preseason play. The Canadiens could still return the youngster to his Finnish team if he struggles in his first nine NHL games to avoid burning off the first year of his entry-level contract.
THE SCORE: Detroit Red Wings prospect winger Filip Zadina will start this season with the club’s AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids. He was the sixth-overall selection in the 2018 NHL Draft.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Zadina also had a strong camp and looked good in the preseason. Still, it’s not surprising that he’ll be starting in the minors. The Wings usually prefer their top prospects get some AHL seasoning.
THE DENVER POST’s Mike Chambers reports Colorado Avalanche forward Sven Andrighetto is out two-to-four weeks with a lower-body injury.
NBC SPORTS: NHL goaltending equipment continues to shrink as the league puts an emphasis on scoring. Starting this season, goalies will be wearing small chest protectors. “The overall aim is to boost scoring while at the same time rewarding athletic ability in the crease by eliminating unnecessary padding that wasn’t protecting goalies, but instead simply helping them block pucks.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the advances in goaltending equipment combined with the improved athleticism of today’s netminders it’s possible to reduce the size of equipment without compromising safety or hindering their ability to block shots.
TSN: Former Toronto Maple Leafs forward Greg Terrion has died at age 58. Terrion spent eight seasons in the NHL from 1980-81 to 1987-88, two with the Los Angeles Kings and six with the Leafs. In 561 regular-season games he tallied 93 goals and 150 assists for 243 points.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Terrion’s family, friends and former teammates.