Ducks re-sign Carl Hagelin, Sergei Gonchar signs tryout contract with Penguins, the top 200 fantasy players and more in your morning coffee headlines.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks re-signed left wing Carl Hagelin to a four-year, $16 million contract. Hagelin, who was acquired from the New York Rangers in June, will earn an average cap hit of $4 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a fair deal for both sides. Hagelin will provide invaluable two-way skill and depth to the Ducks second line and gets a substantial pay raise over the $2.25 million per season of his previous deal. If not for salary-cap constraints which forced Hagelin’s trade, this is likely what he would’ve received from the Rangers.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Sergei Gonchar is returning to the Pittsburgh Penguins on a tryout basis. He signed a tryout contract with the club on Friday. The 41-year-old blueliner played five seasons with the Penguins and was a key part of their 2009 Stanley Cup championship run.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gonchar’s performance has noticeably declined over the last two seasons. He’ll have his work cut out for him earning a spot with the Penguins.
THE HOCKEY NEWS: Sidney Crosby, John Tavares and Alexander Ovechkin top Matt Larkin’s top 200 fantasy players for 2015-16.
SPORTSNET: Former NHL coaches, Guy Boucher and John Tortorella are among Scott Lewis’ top-five coaching replacement candidates for 2015-16.
SI.COM: Hockey Hall of Famer Pavel Bure is promoting the World Legends Hockey League.