NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – Sunday, August 11, 2013.

A brief profile of prospective Devils owner Josh Harris, plus the latest on Daniel Alfredsson, Marian Hossa, John Tavares, Ryan O’Reilly and Dany Heatley.

NJ.COM: A brief profile of Philadelphia 76ers owner and prospective New Jersey Devils owner Josh Harris, who is seen as a builder, not a destroyer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Well, I should hope he’s known as a builder. Josh “The Destroyer” Harris is a cool nickname if you’re a pro wrestler or a comic book villain, but not if you’re the prospective buyer of a pro hockey team. Kidding aside, Harris has had success in a short period of time (2 years) turning around the 76ers, which would bodeswell for the Devils if he becomes their new owner.

OTTAWA SUN: Former Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson will give his side of the story behind his signing with the Detroit Red Wings later this week.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m not expecting acrimony from Alfredsson toward the Senators front office, but bland elaboration of his initials comments given during a conference call on the day he signed with the Wings. 

John Tavares could be the next captain of the NY Islanders.

John Tavares could be the next captain of the NY Islanders.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Speaking of the Senators, nearly four years after Dany Heatley’s departure, they’re close to resolving their bonus money grievance with him.

NEWSDAY: A profile of John Tavares, suggesting his leadership qualities make him the natural choice to succeed the departed Mark Streit as team captain.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I agree. Tavares has made huge strides in his development as the Islanders franchise player over the past two years. He’s ready for the captaincy.

CSNCHICAGO.COM: Blackhawks star Marian Hossa ate perogies out of the Stanley Cup during his day with it in his home country of Slovakia.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Mmmmm, perogies. Or “pierogies”, however you wish to spell it. I prefer the Western Canadian version, since that’s where I discovered this tasty dish.

DENVER POST: Ryan O’Reilly is looking forward to his new challenge of playing left wing to start this season with the Colorado Avalanche.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: O’Reilly’s lengthy contract holdout last season, ending by the Avalanche matched a two-year offer sheet from the Calgary Flames, has some observers speculating over his future with the club.  His performance this season could determine if he has a future in Colorado beyond this season.

SPORTSNET.CA: Patrick Hoffman profiles the Buffalo Sabres, believing the club faces many questions entering this season, particularly the respective futures of Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek.