NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 23, 2014

The NHL releases its full schedule for 2014-15, this year’s Hockey Hall of Fame inductees to be announced today, the latest on the Penguins and Capitals, while prospect Sam Bennett hopes to shake off his “pull-up failure” at the Draft combine. 

NHL.COM: The league has released its full schedule for 2014-15.

Dominik Hasek is expected to highlight this year's Hockey Hall of Fame inductees.

Dominik Hasek is expected to highlight this year’s Hockey Hall of Fame inductees.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Dominik Hasek is expected to headline this year’s Hockey Hall of Fame inductees.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Modano is anxiously awaiting word if he’ll be inducted this year into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

THE GLOBE & MAIL: James Mirtle wonders if this is the year Eric Lindros is inducted into the HHoF.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe Lindros deserves to be in the HHoF, but I doubt it happens his year. I think Hasek, Modano and Peter Forsberg will get the nod this season. 

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Ron Cook rips the Penguins for how they’re handling their search for a new head coach. What could be hampering the search is ownership’s insistence on a two-year contract for the new bench boss.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dan Bylsma is available…oh, wait….

CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Will new Capitals GM Brian MacLellan be as “Euro-friendly” as his predecessor?

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Any GM worth his salt seeks the best talent available, regardless of where they’re from.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Highly-touted prospect Sam Bennett is trying to put his failure to do a single pull-up at the recent NHL Scouting Combine behind him.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While I understand the concern over Bennett’s upper-body strength, his job will be generating offense.  It’s how many points you can put up, not how many pull-ups you can do. When Wayne Gretzky was Bennett’s age he couldn’t even bench press his own body weight (155 lbs).  That made no difference in his performance. I’m not saying Bennett will be another Gretzky, merely pointing out scouts shouldn’t put too much emphasis on Bennett’s pull-up failure.  He’s 18, he’ll get stronger. What matters is his playing skills. 


  1. I’ve seen Bennett play down the stretch this season (I admit I was there more to watch Sam Schutt for family reasons) and have to say he is definitely a fantastic talent. He’s smaller, but I suspect he will be the type that has a late growth spurt. What counts is not the size, but the fact he has fantastic hands and vision and those are the two things that someone is going to win big on. He’s a 2-5 year prospect in my opinion with huge upside.

    • Agreed Aj,
      I remember people getting all over Stevie Y because of his lack of strength yet give him the puck and he walks around all the vets and roofs it in his first scrimmage. Chicagos Kane isn’t big neither is Jordan Eberle however they have the skill to get the puck, get open or find the guy that IS open! That’s the base to build on..