NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 16, 2012.

Mike Green declines Capitals offer, Alex Pietrangelo’s recovery from knee injury, Minnesota Wild not interest in Mike Modano, a possible NHL venue in Las Vegas, and support around the NHL for a young cancer patient.


Green turns down Capitals offer.

CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green has declined a one-year, $5 million qualifying offer from the club, but is still expected to re-sign with the team. Green had until Sunday to agree to the Capitals offer, but GM George McPhee called the deadline “artificial”, and believes he’s close to getting Green and fellow blueliner John Carlson under contract. Green also isn’t expected to receive an offer sheet from a rival team.

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH: Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo has fully recovered from the knee sprain he suffered in the Blues second round series loss to the LA Kings.  Pietrangelo is also entering the final season of his entry-level contract, and re-signing him will be a priority for Blues management.

SPORTING NEWS: Former Minnesota North Stars forward Mike Modano on Friday hinted he’d consider coming out of retirement to play for the Wild if they were to contact him, but the club has no interest.

 LAS VEGAS SUN: A local arena group is proposing the construction of an 20,000-seat venue in Las Vegas, suitable to house either an NBA or NHL franchise.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If this arena gets built, Vegas will become a prime destination for either a relocated NHL team or an expansion franchise. Bet on it!

CSNCHICAGO.COM: A young cancer patient who must move to the United States to continue her treatments is receiving support from around the NHL.


  1. If there’s anything worse than a team in Phoenix, it would be a team in Vegas. Good grief, Charlie Brown.

  2. DaBroons…I agree completely. Love to see teams head for hockey cities instead of the sunbelt, but I guess it’s all about filling the seats…

    • Why are some people so ignorant as to think hockey is only a Canadian or East coast sport. The smartest thing the NHL can do is to spread its teams to the west to draw more interest in the sport. More fans, more kids growing up playing the sport and more revenue for the league. The sport can’t grow in the east much more then it already has. Most of the big cities in the East and Canada already have teams. And a lot of the players may hate the west coast travel but always stay or return to the west coast because of our great weather.