NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 12, 2014

Latest on Alexander Ovechkin, Loui Eriksson, Rob Blake, Ryan Malone, Marc Savard and more.

THE WASHINGTON POST: Neil Greenberg explains why Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin is a franchise player.

Loui Eriksson hopes for a bounce-back season with the Bruins.

Loui Eriksson hopes for a bounce-back season with the Bruins.

CSNNE.COM: Loui Eriksson hopes to be a bigger contributor in his season season with the Boston Bruins. His first season was hampered by injuries.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings will retire Rob Blake’s number 4 jersey during a pregame schedule on January 17.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Ryan Malone’s court case is expected to be finalized in the coming weeks. Malone is facing charges of DUI & cocaine possession.

NEWSDAY: New York Islanders owner Charles Wang is being sued by a Pennsylvania investment group for backing out of a deal to sell the club.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sweet jeebus, will the Islanders soap opera never end? 

NBC SPORTS: Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard, who is all but retired after his career was ended by concussion symptoms, is reportedly set to join the Ottawa 67s as a scout. The NHL, meanwhile, is set to meet with its on-ice officials today in Toronto to negotiate a new collective bargainin agreement.


  1. I doubt that this lawsuit goes anywhere. If Barroway doesn’t have it in writing, he doesn’t have a deal.

  2. So, why hasn’t Marc Savard retired? Is it a benefit to the Bruins if he stays on the payroll?

    • the benefit is mark savard s as he collects pay cheques. i think insurance company picks up the tab while a player is LTIR so it only counts on the cap for the bruins until he is put there after game 1.
      I’m sure insurance company charges pretty hefty premiums for all players to be covered .

    • He doesn’t retire because he’ll still be paid under the contract.

      In fact, it’s quite likely that any money he actually makes counts against what he’ll be paid under the contract (i.e. insurance is only responsible for the difference between what he actually makes and what he would have been paid under the contract). So the 67’s gig may not actually be making him any money.

  3. Are we gonna see a lockout or strike? In the NHL, CBA usually a call to arms for fans to get ready to get boned again. Didn’t they bring in replacements or something the last time this happened? I get the idea to renew contracts but I hope the refs aren’t looking to make a lot more money because everyone else is. Let’s face it, based on their performance, I would say some shouldn’t even be renewed.