NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 22, 2011.

In this morning’s roundup of notable NHL early morning headlines: New NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan to face his first test…Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller remains vertigo-free…Islander names Streit its new captain…Devils have yet to name a captain…Penguins still has some blueline spots to fill…Blues reject $167 million purchase bid.

PHILLYSPORTSDAILY.COM: reports the NHL’s new disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan will be facing his first test, as Flyers enforcer Jody Shelley could face suspension for hitting Toronto Maple Leaf Darryl Boyce from behind into the boards during last night’s Leafs-Flyers game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If we go by the league’s rules on hitting from behind and blindside hits to the head, Shelley – a repeat offender – is likely to face a suspension. If Shanahan wants to send a message about “zero tolerance”, here’s his opportunity to do so.

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: reports Anaheim Ducks starting goalie Jonas Hiller remains free of the vertigo-like symptoms which prematurely ended his 2010-11 season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hiller’s symptoms threatened to not only derail the Ducks playoff hopes last season, but also his career. Here’s hoping he makes a full recovery.

NEW YORK POST: reported the NY Islanders yesterday name defenseman Mark Streit as their new team captain.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve heard some observers voice surprise over this selection, wondering why John Tavares or Kyle Okposo wasn’t given the “C”. Obviously, they’re not ready for that responsibility yet, while Streit apparently has the respect of the room. Usually best to go with experience in this cases.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: reports the New Jersey Devils aren’t in a rush to name their new captain. The favorites are Zach Parise, Ilya Kovalchuk and Patrik Elias.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Elias has been there the longest, but Parise is widely considered captain material. Should be interesting to find out who’ll eventually get the “C”.

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: reports Ben Lovejoy, Deryk Engelland, Matt Niskanen and Alexandre Picard are battling for the final three spots on the Penguins blueline.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m guessing Lovejoy and Niskanen will get two of them, leaving it down to Engelland and Picard for the final one.

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH: reports Blues ownership rejected a purchase offer of $167 million and are reportedly seeking $190 million, according to the group which made the unsuccessful bid.

7 Comments

  1. I expect Englland to grab the final spot. Played very well when needed last year and it’ll come down to if he can continue that success into this year’s camp. I do see Picard potentially becoming the 7th D in the event of an injury.

  2. With a healthy (and presumably top-shape) Hiller, the Ducks are a legit cup contender and can beat anyone in the west in a 7-gamer. No other western team has that kind of top-end talent.

  3. That seems like a lot of money for the Blues. Does that include the arena?

  4. NikK.. Really?? Really?? No other team has the ducks top end talent in the west? You’re a bold statement maker. I’m on the side of thinking where the ducks will need to avoid injuries at all costs to make the playoffs.

  5. Yeah Nikk, you are exagerating, as you should, but i also see Anaheim as an outside contender…..a lot depends on the blueline and there’s a big question mark in the bottom six.

  6. NikK
    Sorta. If they make the playoffs they could upset anyone in a round or two if Big line is hot
    and Hiller is hot, but to get the cup you have to be hot two months, don’t think so.
    That being said the two teams who will “UNDER PERFORM” are Buffalo in the east
    and LA in the west. Buffalo paid way to much for Erhoff who won’t be passing to the twins
    and 4.5 mil for leno, are they nuts. LA – trading Schenn with his potential for Richards
    will haunt LA for years to com

  7. With Getzlaf, Perry, Ryan, Selanne there isnt another team that can matchpoint production out of their top-4 scorers. The closest might be Vancouver, but I dont see a fourth guy to step up behind the Sedins and Kessler. It is not a matter of “if” that top line is hot… they are always hot.

    Of course they need to avoid injury.. the same can be said for any team.

    They were 4th last season and Getzlaf missed over a month of the season. Hiller was out during the playoffs. They are 100% in this year (as long as Hiller is healthy, as I said above). If Hiller was healthy, they probably would have taken out nashville in the 1st round… the series went 6 games and Nsh won game 5 in OT…

    Hiller erases any defensive deficiencies. Just look at Carey Price and how he made a mediocre defence look stellar. I wouldnt discount them against anyone in the playoffs. They have a complete game. I agree that their bottom six is maybe lacking, but they will make due with some of their youngup-and-commers like Palmieri. Fowler is a beast and will have 50+pts this year as well.

    You don’t win with a stellar bottom-6. Your best players better be you best players when it counts. And lets not forget that their team leadership has won it before.