NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 1, 2017
Latest on Artemi Panarin, David Pastrnak, Mike Ribeiro and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Having been dealt by the Blackhawks in June to the Columbus Blue Jackets, winger Artemi Panarin is out to prove himself without Patrick Kane on his wing. “Nobody remembers how I played prior to the last couple of years. I am used to it and I am not paying attention to it. I get a little bit angry at it,” said Panarin.
Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said he acquire the skilled Russian winger in part to bolster his club’s offense after they struggled to score against the Pittsburgh Penguins in last spring’s playoffs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Panarin is likely slotted to skate on the Jackets’ top line alongside center Alexander Wennberg. If the duo play well together it should sufficiently address the club’s need for additional offensive punch.
BOSTON HERALD: Bruins president Cam Neely said there hasn’t been much dialogue of late with agent J.P. Barry, who represents restricted free agent winger David Pastrnak. Barry said the two sides will speak again today, saying his client is interested in an eight-year contract. Neely mentioned there’s been no talk yet of a shorter term bridge deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Earlier this summer, the Bruins reportedly pitched offers of six or seven years for around $6 million annually to the Pastrnak camp. Talk of a bridge deal has originated from pundits musing over what it might take to get a deal done. If talks remain stalled as training camp nears, perhaps the two sides will consider a short-term contract.
NBC SPORTS: Mike Ribeiro’s NHL career is over as he continues to struggle with substance abuse. “He doesn’t train anymore and he doesn’t go out on the ice anymore. He’s going to retire,” said Perno. He adds no NHL or European team has attempted to contact the 37-year-old center regarding a contract.
Perno said Ribeiro has stopped training, is estranged from his wife and apparently dropped out of sight. He spent last season split between the Nashville Predators and the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals. In 2015, Ribeiro settled a sexual assault case filed against him by a former nanny of his children and entered the NHL’s substance abuse treatment program.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ribeiro’s playing career may be over but he still has the rest of his life ahead of him. I don’t condone his actions but I hope he gets the help he obviously needs.
TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild invited former NHL forward Ryan Malone to training camp on a tryout offer. The 37-year-old Malone last played in the NHL in 2014-15.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers signed former Nashville Predators forward Harry Zolnierczyk to a professional tryout offer.
ESPN.COM: Professional hockey players remain reluctant to donate their brains for posthumous concussion studies. Only 19 players have done so thus far, of which nine were found to have suffered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). All six of those from NHL players were found to have CTE.