Updates on Patrick Kane, Justin Abdelkader and Ruslan Fedotenko, plus the latest on the Stars and Bruins in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
THE BUFFALO NEWS/CHICAGO TRIBUNE: As new details emerge in the rape allegations against Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane, Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz said he was “disappointed but hopeful” about the situation, though he declined to expound further about the investigation.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: As Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader enters his contract year, it’s expected he’ll repeat last season’s 23-goal, 44-point career-best performance of last season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Abdelkader is eligible next summer for unrestricted free agency. He’s in the final season of a four-year, $7.2 million contract. Matching or exceeding last season’s performance will bring him a healthy raise (likely over $5 million per season) and a long-term deal, either from the Wings or another club.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Stars are already 80,000 tickets ahead of last season’s pace.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite missing the playoffs last season, it’s apparent the Stars – led by young superstars Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin – are becoming an attractive draw again in Dallas. With improved goaltending and the additions of veterans Patrick Sharp and Johnny Oduya, the Stars should be playoff contenders in 2015-16.
CSNNE.COM: The Boston Bruins hope to make their defense corps more mobile with the puck next season.
NBC SPORTS: Forward Ruslan Fedotenko, who last played in the NHL in 2012-13, hopes to make a big-league comeback this season.