NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – Tuesday, August 6, 2013.

NHL finalizes sale of the Phoenix Coyotes, updates on Jarome Iginla and Alexei Ponikarovsky, Chris Chelios to become a hockey analyst, and former NHLer Shawn Burr has passed away.

Sale of the Phoenix Coyotes is finally complete.

Sale of the Phoenix Coyotes is finally complete.

NHL.COM: officially announced yesterday the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to IceArizona. The group announced it won’t switch to the name Arizona Coyotes until 2014-15 at the earliest.

CSNNE.COM: Jarome Iginla, who signed a one-year contract with the Boston Bruins last month, is hoping to remain with the club beyond this coming season if all goes well.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If things go well, I daresay the Bruins would like to keep him, provided his asking price isn’t extravagant.

NJ.COM: Former Devils forward Alexei Ponikarovsky has signed a two-year contract with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That likely brings to an end Ponikarovsky’s NHL career, which began with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2000-1. His best season was in 2008-09, when he scored 23 goals and 61 points in what would be his final full season with the Leafs.

TSN.CA: As part of its retrospective of the 25th anniversary of “The Gretzky Trade”, TSN examines Gretzky’s impact on California hockey.

THE SPORTING NEWS: NHL Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Chelios will be an analyst for Foxs Sports 1 during its coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics.

MLIVE.COM: Former NHL forward Shawn Burr has died as a result of a fall at his home. Burr was battling leukemia for the past three years. He was 47.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Burr’s family and friends. 


  1. What do you think about an Edmonton-Montreal trade of Yakupov for some D-men like, say a package of Markov (last year of contract) and Gorges plus a 1st or 2nd Round pick? The veteran leadership of Markov and Gorges (would be captain if not for Gionta) alone would help the young Oilers, not to mention the offensive and defensive skills each player brings, respectively. Markov would be a one-year rental but Gorges is locked up long-term. For Montreal, they need to find a place for Tinordi and Beaulieu (sp?) to play and getting Yakupov back together with Galchenyuk makes sense. Montreal would probably need to make a follow-up deal (i.e. Vancouver?) to bring in another D-man but it would not be a pressing concern given their depth at the position. I have not heard this rumour anywhere and am honestly just trying to create some traction for a deal I think makes sense for both teams (Disclaimer: I’m a Habs fan). Your thoughts?

    • Why would the Oilers want to make that trade?

      One year of a breaking down Markov, a decent defenceman in Gorges and a pick for the former number 1 overall who lead the league in scoring for rookies.

      You can dream about Yakapov on the Habs but you need to be honest with your imaginary return.

      • LOL, your name is AssMoses.

  2. As a detroit fan and resident, i have many fond memories of Shawn Burr. What a great person and a tremondous competitor. Having seen my brother attend his hockey camp at Fraser hockeyland and countless games i attended as my father was a season ticket holder, he was great to our community and did everything he could to help the young hockey community. No doubt he will be missed and pray for his family. Thanks for the memories Shawn gone too soon but certainly will never be forgot!!!!! RIP