NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 7, 2014

Latest on the Kings and Rangers, reaction to the Penguins hiring Jim Rutherford as their new GM, plus the latest on the Panthers, Wild, Blackhawks and more. 

Anze Kopitar is among the NHL's top two-way centers.

Anze Kopitar is among the NHL’s top two-way centers.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Helene Elliott writes Kings center Anze Kopitar is the ultimate two-way player.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kopitar’s led the Kings in scoring seven straight seasons and this year finally earned a Selke nomination.  Like most notable NHL players playing in California, Kopitar isn’t as well known to NHL fans in the Eastern North American time zones. 

CBS SPORTS: Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr (knee injury) “probably” will return to the lineup for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.

NEW YORK POST: Rangers centers Brad Richards, Derick Brassard, Derek Stepan and Dominic Moore feel the burden to improve following unimpressive performances in Game 1 of the Cup Final.

TRIBLIVE.COM/POST-GAZETTE.COM: Josh Yohe reports new Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford hopes to hire a new head coach to replace the recently-fired Dan Bylsma by July 1. Ron Cook, meanwhile, tries to make sense of hiring Rutherford, whose former team (Carolina Hurricanes) failed to make the playoffs over the past five seasons.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: On the one hand, Rutherford has experience building a Stanley Cup champion. On the other hand, the Hurricanes only made the playoffs once since winning the Cup in 2006. 

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers have reached out to now-former Penguins coach Dan Bylsma.

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher expects goalie Josh Harding, who missed the second half of the season to MS symptoms, will be in training camp this fall.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks Patrick Sharp, Bryan Bickell, Michal Handzus and Sheldon Brookbank took part in Chicago Cubs batting practice yesterday.

THE TENNESSEAN: The Predators have submitted bids to host the NHL All-Star Game for 2016-2019.

NBC SPORTS: New Jersey Devils defenseman Alex Urbom is off to the KHL.

2 Comments

  1. After reading Ron Cook’s hatchet-job on JR, i’ve got only one comment: with 20 years experience, numerous trades, signings, discussions/ close relationships with other GM’s he engineered three conference/ CUP Finals-WINNING THE CUP in 2006!! What other candidate (that he failed to mention) has better credentials?

    • Randy, what has he done lately as the GM? Since their Stanley Cup win, they’ve only made the playoffs once. You don’t go by past history records, you go by how you’ve done lately