NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – Tuesday, July 23, 2013.

The invitees to several Men’s Olympic Hockey teams orientation camps are announced, revisiting the Rick Nash trade, the latest on Dan Boyle, and more.

sochi TSN.CA: has the list of invitees to Team Canada’s Men’s Olympic hockey team orientation camp. Notables include Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos, P.K. Subban, Roberto Luongo, Drew Doughty, Duncan Keith, Shea Weber, Jonathan Toews, Eric and Jordan Staal, Joe Thornton and Martin St. Louis.

USA HOCKEY: released its list of invitees to Team USA’s Olympic orientation camp. Notables include Patrick Kane, Jonathan Quick, Zach Parise, Phil Kessel, Ryan Suter, Bobby Ryan, Dustin Brown, Keith Yandle, and Seth Jones.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: has the list of 35 candidates selected for Russia’s men’s team. Among them are Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Sergei Bobrovsky, Pavel Datsyuk, Ilya Kovalchuk, Slava Voynov, Andrei Markov and Nail Yakupov.

NHL.COM: published the list of players invited to Sweden’s Men’s Olympic Hockey Team orientation camp. Among the invitees are Henrik Lundqvist, the Sedin Twins, Nicklas Backstrom, Erik Karlsson, Henrik Zetterberg, Loui Eriksson, Gabriel Landeskog, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

NHL.COM: released the list of invitees to Finland’s Olympic orientation camp. On the list is Tuukka Rask, Antti Niemi, Mikko and Saku Koivu, Teemu Selanne, Tuomo Ruutu, Olli Jokinen, Kimmo Timonen and Aleksander Barkov.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The other notable hockey nations (including the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany  Switzerland) have yet to release their lists of invitees to their respective orientation camps.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Aaron Portzline revisits the Rick Nash trade one year later, noting how (contrary to opinions at the time) the deal benefited the Blue Jackets more than expected.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: At the time, the return to the Blue Jackets (Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon and a first round pick) was widely slammed by observers, but Dubinsky (20 points in 29 games), Anisimov (11 goals in 35 games) and Erixon (31 games, 5 points, +4) provided the Jackets with invaluable depth, playing key roles in the club’s late-season surge which fell just short of a playoff berth.  While the overall consensus remains the NY Rangers got the better of the deal by landing Nash, over the long run this trade could turn into one which benefits the Blue Jackets more.

DAYTON DAILY NEWS: San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle, 37, acknowledged his age is starting to come up in conversation but he insists he feels great and will continue playing for as long as his body lets him.

NHL.COM: The Phoenix Coyotes signed five players yesterday, including defenseman David Rundblad, who inked a two-year contract. Rundblad played eight games last sason with the Coyotes.


  1. Good morning,

    I enjoy reading your work every day and thank you for the hard work. You must love it.

    There will be no Germany in Sochi, Instead, the Swiss squad is very promising…

    Thank you again
    Have a great day M.Richardson

    Michel Beauchamp

  2. I don’t think Germany will release their roster since they did not qualify for the Olympics.

  3. Well I know one person who won’t be there … Brian Burke! Being that Russia just basically made it illegal to be openly gay. This is a sickening day and sickening that with this happening that Pro Sports would ALLOW Russia to even have the Olympics … this bill was passed with applause and people who protested it were pelted with STONES for crying out loud.

    • The scary issue is where the Olympics are being held. So close to the Chechen border where a lot of armed conflicts have taken place… (at least that’s what I have heard re: location).

      Just pray for the safety of all of the athletes participating at the next Olympics.

      Next time Olympic Committee… pick a spot that is a little safer..

  4. Of the major contenders for gold… Canada could have the weakest goaltending.

    The better make sure that defense is solid… Locks should be…Keith, Seabrook, Weber, Pietrangelo, Doughty and one of Green or Letang. That’s probably the top 6 with about 3 more D as the extras.. in either Green or Letang (the one who doesn’t get on), Subban, Hamhuis…

    They had better go with speed up front to compete with the major contenders.