Updates on Duncan Keith and Mike Ribeiro, plus the latest notable signings and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks star Duncan Keith overcame personal turmoil (separation from his wife) while meeting professional challenges this past season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considering Keith won the Conn Smythe Trophy this season leading the Blackhawks to their third Stanley Cup in six years, I’d say he did an outstanding job not allowing the strife in his personal life from affecting his game.
NASHVILLE POST: Predators center Mike Ribeiro and his wife reached an out-of-court settlement in a civil suit with his former nanny.
TSN: The Philadelphia Flyers avoided arbitration with defenseman Michael Del Zotto, re-signing him to a two-year deal worth $3.875 million per season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s a fair deal for both sides. Del Zotto had a fine bounce-back season.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta, who missed most of last season to shoulder surgery, expects to be fully recovered in time for training camp.
NHL.COM: The Colorado Avalanche signed recently acquired
defenseman forward Mikhail Grigorenko to a one-year contract.
NATIONAL POST: Former NHL defenseman Bryan Berard explains how he was swindled out of his retirement savings. He hopes to help young NHL players avoid the same fate.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Berard’s efforts, in conjunction with a retired police officer who was victimized by the same fraudsters, helped bring them to justice. At least he garnered that measure of satisfaction.
NBC SPORTS: Former NHL forward Martin Rucinsky has announced his retirement.