NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 8, 2019
The latest on Connor McDavid, Zdeno Chara, Auston Matthews, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers captain Connor McDavid show no ill-effects from a knee injury suffered during the final game of last season during an informal skate on Saturday. He claimed he felt great but remains uncertain about being in the lineup for next month’s season opener.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a promising sign that McDavid said he feels like nothing’s changed regarding his skating. Still, he’ll have to test it during training camp with his teammates and preseason play to determine if he’ll be good to go for the season opener. The Oilers won’t take any chances and could ease him into limited preseason play.
NBC SPORTS BOSTON: Bruins captain Zdeno Chara can’t say for certain if he’ll be ready for the club’s season opener next month. He’s recovered from the broken jaw suffered during the Stanley Cup Final. However, he’s now recovering from a “small elbow procedure” this summer that might not be fully healed in a month.
THE SCORE: Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews is disappointed over speculation by Sportsnet’s Brian Burke suggesting he’ll head to an American market when his current contract expires. “We haven’t even started my first year (on the new contract) and then this?” he said.
Matthews grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and recently said he hopes the Coyotes become successful. That sparked speculation over his plans. He insists he loves playing in Toronto, praising the city and its fans.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Matthews also pointed out Burke’s comments came in late August, suggesting they were made to stir up controversy and generate internet traffic. It’s way too early to start pondering Matthews’ plans. Worry about it if he hasn’t signed a contract extension in the final season (2023-24) of his current deal.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets re-signed goaltender Eric Comrie to a two-year contract worth $700K per season. The first season is a two-way deal, meaning he’ll earn $200K at the AHL level.
TSN: The Los Angeles Kings re-signed goaltender Jack Campbell to a two-year, $3.3-million contract extension. The annual average value is $1.65 million. The annual cap hit of his current deal is $675K.