NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 13, 2013.

The latest on Marian Hossa, Zdeno Chara, Jaromir Jagr, Dany Heatley, Ed Jovanovski, Viktor Stalberg, Jakob Silfverberg and more.

Bruins to ease Zdeno Chara's workload this season.

Bruins to ease Zdeno Chara’s workload this season.

BOSTON GLOBE: The Bruins hope to ease the workload of top defenseman and team captain Zdeno Chara this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Chara,36, is among the NHL’s fittest players and still ranks among its elite blueliners, but it was apparent during last spring’s playoffs the wear and tear of logging big minutes were taking its toll. Easing his workload during the regular season should help him through another potentially long playoff slog.

CSNCHICAGO.COM: Blackhawks star Marian Hossa hopes to have an injury-free season.  Hossa was plagued by a pinched nerve in his back during the Stanley Cup Final, and last year recovered from a concussion suffering in the 2012 playoffs.

NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer was unconcerned over Jaromir Jagr leaving yesterday’s practice with “soreness”.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jagr does have a history of groin injuries. Hopefully this won’t be an ongoing issue for him this season.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Entering the final year of his contract, Minnesota Wild winger Dany Heatley has reported to camp lean, healthy and determined to prove himself as a top-six forward. A shoulder injury cut short his 2012-13 season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Heatley is no longer an 80-100 point player, but if he stays healthy could provide the Wild with 50-60 points.

MIAMI HERALD: Ageing Florida Panthers defenseman Ed Jovanovski continues his recovery from off-season hip surgery, suiting up for training camp only five months following surgery.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen how that surgery will affect his performance, but having a healthy Jovanovski would provide experience and leadership to the Panthers defense corps.

THE TENNESSEAN: It’s early in training camp, but already Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz likes what he sees of new Predators forward Viktor Stalberg.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Stalberg will get his chance to play top-six forward minutes with the Predators, something he didn’t get as much of with his former club, the Chicago Blackhawks.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau is pleased so far with the performance of Jakob Silfverberg, who was acquired from the Ottawa Senators as part of the Bobby Ryan trade.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Silfverberg’s wrist shot is among the quickest and most accurate in the league.  With the right linemates and opportunity, he should blossom into a star with the Ducks.

DENVER POST: New Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy stressed defense during the club’s opening day of training camp.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s good to see Roy putting the focus on defense, but the question is, do the Avalanche have sufficient depth on the blueline this season?

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: After several seasons of mediocrity, Luke DeCock believes the Carolina Hurricanes must rise to the occasion and make the playoffs this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That got a little tougher to achieve with Joni Pitkanen sidelined for the season to a broken left heel bone.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning will begin this season with Ben Bishop and Anders Lindback considered equals in goal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: They may start the season as equals but one will emerge as the better goalie, If both play well while jockeying for the starter’s role it can only benefit the Lightning’s playoff hopes.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The New York Islanders toured the Barclays Center, where they’ll be moving in 2015. Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormack and Islanders owner Charles Wang say the club will retain the same colors and nickname when they move to Brooklyn.

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  1. I disagree re: Hurricanes getting into the playoffs. They’ll be close – 90% of all teams are close! – but I don’t think they make it. Their defence is too weak and I remain completely unconvinced about Cam Ward being an elite-level goalie, which is what would be necessary.

    Ward’s a good goalie, maybe very good. But not elite. His career numbers in 8 NHL seasons are a very unremarkable 2.74GAA and .910%. And while he’s had two great playoff runs, he’s missed the playoffs completely in the other 6 years, at least partially to his level of regular-season goaltending.

    I think he’s a fine goalie, but needs to play better or have a much better d-corps ahead of him before they make the playoffs again. It won’t be this year.