NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 7, 2012.

NHL, NHLPA conclude two days of CBA talks, winners and losers (so far) in this summer’s UFA market, Anze Kopitar takes the Stanley Cup to Slovenia, Gary Roberts training more Stars, an update on Brett MacLean, and more.

TSN.CA: The NHL and NHLPA concluded two days of CBA negotiations on Friday, and intend to continue talks next week in Toronto.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nothing earth-shattering to report from the latest round, and probably won’t be anything truly newsworthy emerging from these negotiations for several weeks. If there’s a positive to take from this, it’s that they’re ongoing on a weekly basis. Start worrying if talks get postponed for weeks at a time.

DETROIT NEWS: Ted Kulfan lists the “winners and losers” from this summer’s UFA period (so far). Yep, the Red Wings are among the “losers”.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In terms of not landing the big name players they pursued, yes, the Wings – and the other teams who lost out in the bidding for Zach Parise and Ryan Suter – are “losers”. As with ranking trade deadline “winners” and “losers”, however, the only sure way to determine how well these moves work out is when those players hit the ice with their new clubs. Ask Buffalo Sabres fans how well their club’s big moves last summer worked out. 

Kopitar brings Cup home to Slovenia.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: LA Kings forward Anze Kopitar brought the Stanley Cup back home to Slovenia, the first time an NHL player has done so, marking it the 24th country the Cup has visited.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kopitar was already an inspiration for young hockey fans in his tiny home country. His bringing home hockey’s holy grail will only inspire them more.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Former NHL star and now renowned hockey fitness trainer Gary Roberts is taking on more members of the Dallas Stars as clients. He and Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk are old friends.

TORONTO SUN: Brett MacLean’s mother said her son was well on the way to recovering from a recent cardiac emergency. MacLean, a member of the Phoenix Coyotes, collapsed earlier this week playing a pickup game in Owen Sound and had to be revived with CPR and an automated external defibrillator machine. He has no memory of his near-death experience.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Glad to hear MacLean is recovering well. As an aside, speaking as someone who has years of emergency first aid training, I highly recommend CPR training to everyone, not just those in the hockey community. I also recommend every arena purchase and maintain those defibrillators. They’re small, portable, easy to use, come with easy to follow instructions, and yes, they can save a life.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Phoenix Coyotes re-sign Kyle Chipchura to a one-year contract.

NJ.COM: Former Devils defeneman Matt Taormina signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

MIAMI HERALD: The Florida Panthers re-signed defenseman Keaton Ellerby to a one-year contract.


  1. Very pleased to read that MacLean is recovering.

    I echo your thoughts about CPR and defibrillators, Spector. Well said.

  2. Too True about CPR and defibrilators. Best to MacLean.

    As for the Robert’s story, I remember reading the Stars hired him as a player development guy, obviously for his fitness acumen. His friendship with Niewendyk might have got him into the job but Dallas players as clients are now his job.

    • Roberts runs his own fitness program for guys in the league in the off season. I don’t think its just stars players

      • Yes, that is true. I belive Stamkos was one one of his guys and one of the young guns from Philly (Not sure about this person, hence no name). But, a year after I read about that, i remember reading he had been hired by the Stars. Could be wrong but I do not think so…

  3. Kopitar is such a badass. One of my favorite players currently in the game. He just does everything right. And I’m not even a Kings fan.

  4. That is a terrible winners and losers list.