Updates on Steven Stamkos, Jaromir Jagr, Justin Abdelkader, Antti Raanta and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning owner Jeff Vinik remains confident GM Steve Yzerman can work out a deal with team captain Steven Stamkos, who is eligible next July for unrestricted free agency. Vinik claims Yzerman has the green light to invest in a long-term contract for Stamkos that is in the club’s best interest. It could cost around $84 million on an eight-year deal to re-sign Stamkos.
YAHOO! SPORTS: Someone in the Czech Republic attempted to blackmail Florida Panthers winger Jaromir Jagr by threatening to publish a photo of the long-time hockey star asleep in bed next to an 18-year-old model. Only one flaw in the plan: Jagr didn’t care.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Justin Abdelkader could start this season skating alongside Henrik Zetterberg and Gustav Nyquist on the Detroit Red Wings’ top line.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks will look to Hampus Lindholm or Cam Fowler to step up into the number-one defenseman position this season.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Antti Raanta understands landing the Rangers backup goalie role is no sure thing.
THE SCORE: Former NHL defenseman Ryan Whitney has announced his retirement. A once-promising offensive blueliner, injuries cut short Whitney’s career. In nine NHL seasons, he tallied 50 goals and 259 points in 481 games spent with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers and Florida Panthers. Whitney finished his playing career last season in the KHL.
STLTODAY.COM: Jeff Gordon remembers the life and career of former NHL enforcer Todd Ewen, who died over the weekend of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
SPORTSNET: All NHL arenas will have walk-through metal detectors.
And finally, for your morning smile, here’s Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban doing a spot-on impression of Don Cherry.