Updates on Brad Richards, Tyler Seguin, Marcus Johansson, Mike Hoffman, Daniel Briere, Jordan Leopold & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

Tyler Seguin hopes to shed his knee brace next season.

Tyler Seguin hopes to shed his knee brace next season.

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.