NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 7, 2014

Sharks and Kings to play an outdoor game this season, updates on John Tavares, Michael Del Zotto, Aaron Ekblad and Gregory Campbell, Brian Rafalski to be inducted into US Hockey Hall of Fame, plus two minor leagues could merge. 

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: The San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings will play an outdoor game this season on February 21 at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

John Tavares has fully recovered from last season's knee injury.

John Tavares has fully recovered from last season’s knee injury.

NHL.COM: New York Islanders captain John Tavares put his season-ending knee injury behind him and is looking forward to the upcoming season.

PHILLY.COM: New Flyers defenseman Michael Del Zotto is motivated to prove his critics wrong this coming season. The Flyers signed Del Zotto as a replacement for Kimmo Timonen, who is battling career-threatening blood clots.

CSNNE.COM: The Boston Bruins could move center Gregory Campbell to the wing this season.

MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers 2014 first-overall draft pick Aaron Ekblad suffered a concussion playing in an exhibition game for Canada’s under-20 junior team in Quebec. The Panthers believe Ekblad will be ready for training camp in September.

NHL.COM: Former NHl defenseman Brian Rafalski headlines this year’s US Hockey Hall of Fame inductees.

NBC SPORTS: The East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) and Central Hockey League (CHL) are reportedly considering a merger.