NHL Daily: Steven Stamkos left Tuesday night’s game with a lower-body injury, GMs propose changes to the current shootout format, St. Louis Blues could be in store for big changes if losing trend continues, and more! (Morning Coffee Headlines)
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Tampa Bay Lightning superstar Steven Stamkos left Tuesday night’s game in the first period and did not return. He suffered a lower-body injury and will be re-evaluated on Wednesday, but the team is hoping it’s only minor. [CBC]
Todd Panula over at Bleedin’ Blue discusses why the St. Louis Blues are in store for big changes if the losing trend continues. As he points out, it’s the manner in which this team is losing that is most disturbing. [Bleedin’ Blue]
GMs Looking at Shootout Tweaks?
The topic of shootouts was discussed at Tuesday’s GM meetings in Toronto. Blues GM Doug Armstrong suggested the NHL adopt the international format for selecting shooters. That means teams would use three different skaters to start, then could go back to the same shooters after the third round. [TSN]
5 Players to Watch in 2017 Draft
Janik Beichler over at The Canuck Way did a nice spotlight on five players to watch in the 2017 draft class. Consensus number one Nolan Patrick and OHL star Gabriel Vilardi are just a couple that are featured. [The Canuck Way]
ESPN’s Joe McDonald is looking for a piece of history the Hockey Hall of Fame would love to get their hands on. Missing is the game-winning puck from the historic 1980 miracle on ice game versus the Soviet Union in which Mike Eruzione scored. [ESPN]
The idea of changing the shootout format actually makes a ton of sense. Is there any worse feeling for a fan when they’re deep into a shootout and see their number five defenseman skating out to take a shot? Look at the drama that was caused by T.J. Oshie at the Sochi Olympics. If the SO was indeed created to add a little flavor for the fans, this is a logical switch.
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