NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 12, 2017
Updates on Erik Karlsson, the Sedins, Jack Eichel, Alex Galchenyuk & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators captain Erik Karlsson could be out of the lineup until November. The blueliner is recovering from offseason surgery to repair tendons in his left foot and is adamant he won’t return until he’s at least close to full health.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Karlsson’s absence will be keenly felt on the Senators blueline and will also affect their offense. How they adjust could also affect their start and their hopes of rebuilding upon last season’s improvement.
Speaking of the Senators, goaltender Craig Anderson and general manager Pierre Dorion aren’t rushing into contract talks but neither side is concerned. Anderson, 36, is eligible for unrestricted free agency next July. Anderson said he’d like finish his career in Ottawa.
The Senators also signed forward Chris VandeVelde to a professional tryout offer.
SPORTSNET:Toronto Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak is focused upon the upcoming season, saying he’s had no contact extension talks. Like Anderson, he’s eligible for UFA status next July.
TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons believes it’s not a question of if the Leafs win the Stanley Cup, but when. Buoyed by rising stars Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander, Simmons suggest the Leafs could become Cup contenders as early as 2018-19.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Simmons excitement is understandable. The Leafs’ impressive improvement last season, led by Matthews, Marner and Nylander, is giving their long-suffering fans hope for the future. Time will tell, however, if they’ll fulfill that promise.
THE PLAYERS’ TRIBUNE: The Sedin Twins insist they have no desire to leave the Vancouver Canucks to pursue a Stanley Cup championship elsewhere. They both consider Vancouver their home and intend to retire as Canucks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like the Sedins want to nip in the bud any suggestion they should accept a trade in the final season of their contract. That might not sit well with some Canucks fans who could call upon the twins to allow the club to move them for a return that hastens their rebuilding process. However, the twins should be commended for their loyalty to the only NHL franchise they’ve ever played for.
WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres GM Jason Botterill remains hopeful of re-signing center Jack Eichel to a contract extension in the near future. “We’re trying to get a deal done now. I think both parties are very optimistic a deal can be put in place…Jack won’t let this be a distraction.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Eichel’s entering the final season of his entry-level contract. His new deal could cost up to $10 million per season on a long-term deal.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens intend to start Alex Galchenyuk on the wing when the seasons opens. GM Marc Bergevin said the club will try recently-acquired Jonathan Drouin as a center.
NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils re-signed defenseman Damon Severson to a six-year, $25 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Severson’s new deal is worth just over $4.1 million per season. In actual salary, he’ll earn $2.5 million this season, $3 million next season, $4.68 million in both 2019-20 and 2020-21 and just over $5 million in 2021-22 and 2022-23.The 23-year-old is the Devils best puck-moving blueliner. Given their limited blueline depth, they had little choice but to ink Severson to a significant raise.
THE ATHLETIC: The agent for Columbus Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson said his client won’t attend training camp without a contract. The 23-year-old had 17 goals last season, his first full campaign in the NHL. There’s talk Anderson could skate with a team in Switzerland while awaiting a new deal with the Jackets.
THE ATHLETIC’s Michael Russo reports restricted free agent forward Marcus Foligno is very close to re-signing with the Minnesota Wild.
NHL.COM: The St. Louis Blues signed defenseman Petteri Lindbohm to a one-year, two-way contract.
NBC SPORTS: The Chicago Blackhawks have invited forwards John Mitchell and Drew Miller and defenseman Mark Stuart on professional tryout contracts.
AZCENTRAL: Former Arizona Coyotes star Shane Doan was named Grand Marshal of the Fiesta Bowl Parade, slated for Dec. 30 in Central Phoenix.