NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 25, 2018
Sharks re-sign Evander Kane, Avalanche re-up Gabriel Bourque plus updates on Valeri Nichushkin, Samuel Morin and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NBC SPORTS BAY AREA: The San Jose Sharks yesterday officially announced the re-signing of left wing Evander Kane to a seven-year contract extension. Cap Friendly indicates the annual average value is $7 million. Kane also has a modified no-trade clause in which he submits a list of three preferred trade destinations.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some might question the Sharks paying a winger with only one 30-goal season on his resume so much for so long, especially someone with a lengthy injury history carrying some off-ice baggage with his last two teams. However, he’s reached the 20-goal mark four times and exceeded 40 points five times, plays an energetic, physical game, performed very well during his brief time with the Sharks and seems to have put his previous troubles behind him.
After years of playing for non-contenders, Kane seems very happy playing for a perennial playoff club in San Jose. If that results in several productive seasons, this deal could prove worthwhile for the Sharks.
COURIER POST: Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Samuel Morin will undergo surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee. He’s expected to be sidelined until February.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Morin is also a restricted free agent completing his entry-level contract. It’s expected he’ll be re-signed to a short-term contract.
THE ATHLETIC: “Valeri Nichushkin’s agent is confident a deal will soon be done to bring the Russian winger back to the NHL this coming season.” Nichushkin, 23, spent the past two seasons with CSKA Moscow after failing to reach agreement on a new contract with the Stars in 2016. The club still holds his NHL rights.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Stars have a new head coach in Jim Montgomery, a former college hockey bench boss used to working with young players. He could help bring out the best in Nichushkin, who struggled during his first three seasons with the Stars under former head coach Lindy Ruff.
TSN: The Edmonton Oilers have reportedly “hired former Calgary Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan and Anaheim Ducks assistant coach Trent Yawney as assistant coaches.”
MLIVE.COM: Little Caesars Arena, home of the Detroit Red Wings, was recognized as the Sports Facility of the Year at the 2018 Sports Business Awards in New York City.