NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 18, 2013.

Bobby Ryan confident of fitting in well with the Senators, updates on Joe Pavelski and Nathan Horton, a study reveals NHL rule changes didn’t reduce concussion, and more.

THE GLOBE & MAIL: New Senators Bobby Ryan doesn’t want to fill the departed Daniel Alfresson’s role, but believes he’ll fit in well with his new team.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It will take a bit of time for Ryan to adjust to his new team, and for Senators fans to adjust to his presence, but given his offensive talent, that adjustment shouldn’t take too long.

Sharks begin contract talks with Joe Pavelski.

Sharks begin contract talks with Joe Pavelski.

CSN BAY AREA: Contract talks between San Jose Sharks management and forward Joe Pavelski have begun but no deal is imminent.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pavelski is entering the final season of his four-year, $16 million deal. I’m guessing he seeks over $5 million per on a five to eight year deal.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: New Blue Jackets winger Nathan Horton recently underwent shoulder surgery in Boston. His recovery is expected to take between 4-6 months.

CANADIAN PRESS (VIA TSN.CA):A recent study reveals rule changes failed to reduce concussion rates among NHL players. It revealed the type of blindside hits outlawed by the NHL weren’t the primary cause of concussions (only 4.1 percent). It did reveal, however, “28 percent of interactions between players  produced a concussion also generated a penalty call”, of which fighting was responsible for the majority of those concussions.

The study’s author, Dr Michael Cusimano, suggested “”Part of it’s the way the rule’s written. Part of it’s the way the rule is enforced. Part of it’s the penalties associated with the rule. And part of it is that concussions are also coming from other causes like fighting, that is still allowed.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: An interesting report, which the league would be wise to study. 

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly the official announcement of the NHL’s participation in the Sochi Olympics and the release of the league’s 2013-14 schedule should take place this week.

THE SPORTING NEWS: The Florida Panthers schedule for 2013-14 was apparently leaked yesterday.

NHL.COM: The Nashville Predators have re-signed forward Rich Clune to a two-year, $1.7 million contract.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: The Colorado Avalanche re-signed forward Brad Malone to a one-year, two-way contract. The Ottawa Senators re-signed forward Mike Hoffman to a one-year,two-way contract.


  1. “28 percent of interactions between players produced a concussion also generated a penalty call” – lol that because the NHL refs like to “let the players play” until things get out of hand. I swear NHL refs are only one step above the WWF/WCW, and maybe a step below the NBA. Concussions would go down if the rules were enforced the way they should be.

  2. I just read the NHL is going to lend the new owners of the Phoenix Dogs 85 million dollars payable in 5 years! Bettman is an arse.I really cannot believe this crap,wish he was my banker.

  3. How about Shanahan stepping up and penalizing players for head shots.

    Some of the major ones he does that.. ie Torres.. but others he lets go…

    Any head shot that results in a concussion should be a suspendable act no matter who the player is that did the hitting… or got hit.. or what team they play on.. There is still too much favourtism in the Office of Player Safety. Too much bias.

    Maybe if they did a better job with discipline it ‘might’ get some of these hits lessened,