NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 18, 2014

Latest on the Panthers, Sabres, Devils,  Bruins and Jets. 

Could the Florida Panthers relocate.

Could the Florida Panthers relocate?

NBC SPORTS: Florida Panthers co-owner Doug Cifu is uncertain of his franchise’s future in its current location. Cifu claims the franchise has lost money over the past ten-plus years, adding the current business model isn’t sustainable. Broward County, where the franchise is located, is looking into the possibility of allowing the Panthers out of their arena lease, which would also allow them to relocate. If that should come to pass, Seattle and Quebec City could be possible locations.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s believed the current Panthers management are exploring all options toward improving their lot. Opponents of NHL franchises in America’s Sun Belt will claim hockey can’t survive in Florida. That is, of course, pure nonsense. The Panthers were poorly run by a succession of owners before the current group took over the franchise last year. Poorly-run franchises don’t draw, regardless of where they’re located, except perhaps in Toronto, where the Maple Leafs have wallowed in mediocrity for a decade. 

TSN.CA: The Buffalo Sabres will host the NHL Combine for the next two years.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s also reports the Sabres are also planning a major announcement today, which could be they’ll be awarded the 2016 NHL Draft. 

THE HOCKEY NEWS: Matt Larkin examines why Mike Cammalleri and the New Jersey Devils chose each other this summer. Cammalleri signed with the Devils as an unrestricted free agent.

THE BOSTON GLOBE: A profile of Bruins conditioning coach John Whitesides, including an interesting story about a then-skinny prospect named Milan Lucic.

WINNIPEG SUN: Don’t expect the Winnipeg Jets to tank for prospect Connor McDavid.


  1. Lyle, while agreeing that poorly-run NHL franchises can only succeed in Toronto, I must disagree about the team being mediocre for a decade. Other than the Ken Dryden/Cliff Fletcher/Pat Burns/Pat Quinn era, that team has been mediocre (or worse) since the WHA was formed (1972, I give them a 5 year leeway from their last Cup at the time) as then owner, Harold Ballard chose to keep profits over paying their younger players that might have developed.

    It was that decision that marked the turning point from the proud and contending Maple Leafs to the Mr. Bean, Barney Fife era that continues to this day. Shanahan has had a good summer and probably realizes that they are only beginning their rebuild.

    • If missing the playoffs nine of the last ten seasons isn’t mediocrity, I don’t know what is.

      • It’s worse than being mediocre-it is downright humiliating.

    • Neil, do you mean the past decade or the upcoming decade? I suspect you mean the upcoming decade…

      • Actually, I mean every decade since the 1970’s.

  2. I talked to Cifu myself. All he said was that the current business model is not sustainable. He and Viola have every intention to keep the franchise here in South Florida and make it work.

    The media is taking one part of his interview and blowing it out of proportion.

  3. Cifu is either a complete and fool or a liar. If did proper investigation into team finances before sale then he’d know what he was getting into. If he didn’t do this, he stupid and it’s his problem. If he did, then he bought the team with full intention of trying to extort more money from taxpayers with threats. In that case, is a greedy bully.

    Either way, let him twist in the wind. He brought this on himself.

    Either way, let him