NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 9, 2012.

Latest on the Kings and Devils, Coyotes arena lease deal approved, Ian Laperriere to retire, John Davidson’s plans, and more.


Brown less of a force in Stanley Cup Final.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings captain Dustin Brown, who’d been a physical offensive presence throughout three playoff rounds this spring, has been contained by the New Jersey Devils.

NJ.COM: If the Devils hope to overcome their current 3-1 deficit in the Stanley Cup Final, they need Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk to score.

YAHOO! SPORTS: The Devils received some good news regarding their off-ice financial woes, as a new minority ownership could be in place within the next two weeks.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Glendale City Council voted to approval a new lease agreement for the prospective new owner of the Phoenix Coyotes.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The agreement still faces a potential legal challenge from the taxpayer watchdog Goldwater Institute, but this vote by the city council is nevertheless a significant step toward keeping the Coyotes in Glendale.

CSNPHILLY.COM: Popular Flyers forward Ian Laperriere is finally ready to retire. He’s been sidelined for the past two years by post-concussion symptoms. He couldn’t officially retire as his contract would’ve still counted against the Flyers cap, but by placing him on long-term injury reserve, it allowed them to spend above the cap ceiling by the equivalent of his salary. Laperriere’s contract expires on July 1.

STLTODAY.COM: Blues president John Davidson has a 30-day window in his contract allowing him to explore career options. He’s already been interviewed by the Columbus Blue Jackets, but his next move is not imminent. A return to broadcasting is among those options he could consider. He’s also been linked to the Calgary Flames.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Former Carolina Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice has signed a one-year contract to coach Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the Kontinental Hockey League.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Buffalo Sabres play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret and Toronto Globe & Mail columnist Roy MacGregor will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame this year, while Montreal Gazette legend Red Fisher has announced his retirement at the age of 85.


  1. Jeanneret should be inducted into the Screaming Lunatic Hall of Fame.

    The writers and broadcasters sections of the HOF are nothing but Good Old Boy clubs. Should not be eligible until they are retired for 5 years like the players.

  2. Jeanneret is the best. There is no one in the game today that can bring across the excitement of the sport to the viewing or listening audience like he can. He is indeed a legend and deserves to be in the HOF.

  3. Happy retirement to Red Fisher. Hope he only semi retires and sends in the occasional article. His reporting is/was awesome for all things Canadiens….it will be a long time before someone comes close to the contacts he had. He will be missed.

  4. I would be a little surprised if John Davidson left the Blues. The team has finally found some success and to me is a team on the way up. Why leave now?

  5. Jenneret is the best announcer, for awhile his son was broadcasting the Sabre games and he was terrible. I have the hockey package, but the guys I really dislike are the NBC Hockey Announcers Pierre McGuire, Mike Milbury and Keith Jones as they are so biased towards certain teams.

  6. Oh, right, and Jeanneret is so balanced. ROTFLMAO!

    Buffalo: Bush League City, Bush League Team, Bush League Fans.

    City of Losers.

  7. Of Course Jennerete is biased – he’s a Bflo announcer – not a “National/Canadian” announcer who should be discussing both teams – good plays and bad. But instead McGuire, Milbury and Jones have their favorates – too bad the Rangers couldn’t beat NJ.

    At least Jennerete is entertaining and gets all excited when there is a good/great play made by either team. Yes,he does favor Buflo, but they also pay him.