Updates on Brad Richards, Tyler Seguin, Marcus Johansson, Mike Hoffman, Daniel Briere, Jordan Leopold & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars superstar Tyler Seguin, who finished last season wearing a knee brace, is hoping to play without one next season.
CBC.CA: Murray Harbour, PEI will be welcoming native son Brad Richards and the Stanley Cup today. Richards last brought the Cup home in 2004.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For my local readers who plan to attend the parade, rain is expected today so dress appropriately.
ESPN.COM: Retirement may be beckoning for long-time NHL star Daniel Briere.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s been obvious the past two seasons that Briere’s play is in decline. Age has caught up with Briere, who’ll turn 38 before the 2015-16 season opens. Landing a contract with an NHL team remains possible, but unlikely at this stage.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals winger Marcus Johansson’s arbitration hearing is slated for Wednesday (July 29) in Toronto. Johansson is seeking $4.75 million, while the Capitals offered $3 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My guess is they settle around $3.75 million per season.
OTTAWA SUN: Mike Hoffman and the Senators continue to negotiate leading up to Hoffman’s arbitration hearing on Thursday (July 30).
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Free-agent defenseman Jordan Leopold’s NHL career could be over, but he’s at peace with that possibility.
NBC SPORTS: cited a report from Russian outlet Sport Express claiming former NHL forward Nik Antropov is contemplating a comeback. He last played in the NHL two years ago.
NBC SPORTS: will be televising 105 NHL regular-season games in 2015-16.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Several folks noted only one game will involve the Edmonton Oilers and wunderkind Connor McDavid. Sorry, my American friends, but McDavid will be like the sasquatch for you next season: often spoken of, seldom seen.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres parted ways with team president Ted Black, replacing him with Bills president Russ Brandon.