Updates on Braden Holtby, Ales Hemsky, Patrick Kaleta, Mikhail Grigorenko and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Don’t expect any firework between Braden Holtby and Capitals management when they meet today in Toronto for his client’s salary arbitration hearing. “Through his agent, David Kaye, Holtby has submitted to the arbitrator a request of $8 million, while the Capitals have submitted a one-year figure of $5.1 million.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s possible the two sides could settle before today’s hearing, or before the arbiter reaches a decision. We’ll find out soon enough.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars winger Ales Hemsky’s rehab from April’s hip surgery is going well and he’s looking forward to an improved performance next season.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Former Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta finds himself still seeking a new contract three weeks into free agency.
THE DENVER POST: Traded from Buffalo to Colorado as part of the Ryan O’Reilly trade earlier this month, forward Mikhail Grigorenko, is thrilled he’ll be playing for the Avalanche and his former junior coach, Patrick Roy.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman wasn’t surprised the league didn’t receive any expansion bids from groups in Seattle, citing the lack of progress in an arena deal for that city.
NBC SPORTS: Ray Bartoszek, who hopes to build an arena in the Seattle suburb of Tukwila, was invited by the league to New York for a chat on Tuesday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the NHL focusing on the bids received from Las Vegas and Quebec City, it’s possible Seattle could be a destination for a relocated franchise once its arena issue is resolved. There’s a slim possibility they could still get into the expansion game if the bids from Las Vegas or Quebec City falls through, though that appears unlikely at this point.
THE DETROIT NEWS: NHL legend Ted Lindsay is still going strong at age 90.