Latest on Brent Seabrook’s new contract, John Tavares’ linemates, yesterday’s roster cuts and much more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
SPORTSNET: Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook’s new contract is the latest to be structured for lockout protection. His new deal ensures he’ll receive the bulk of his salary for 2020-21 and 2022-23 in signing bonuses, which are paid out prior to the start of those seasons. “The significance behind the dates is simple: The NHL and NHL Players’ Association each have a right to terminate the current collective bargaining agreement in September 2020. If neither chooses to do so, it will expire in September 2022.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As the piece indicates, expect many more long-term contracts for NHL stars that carry through those seasons to be similarly structured, with the bulk of their respective salaries for those seasons consisting largely of signing bonuses. And expect this loophole to be one the league and the team owners will try to close in the next round of CBA negotiations.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: A numbers of the NHL’s top stars, like the Vancouver Canucks’ Sedin Twins and New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, are “getting old” quickly.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As we all know, the further a player advances into his thirties, the more likely his skills will deteriorate. For the aforementioned, their opportunities for winning the Stanley Cup are narrowing.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: It’s likely Anders Lee and Ryan Strome will be skating on the New York Islanders top line with center John Tavares.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings defensemen Jake Muzzin and Matt Greene both suffered injuries in preseason play.
NBC SPORTS: Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
THE DENVER POST: After getting cut by the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Colorado Avalanche signed winger Curtis Glencross to a tryout offer. It could be linked to forward Jesse Winchester being hampered by post-concussion symptoms.
USA TODAY: The potential performances of the Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks and Carolina Hurricanes are among 10 NHL storylines molded by analytics for 2015-16.
THE HOCKEY NEWS: The family of the late Todd Ewen has donated his brain to the Canadian Sports Concussion Research Project, where it will be studied for possible signs of the brain disease CTE.
SI.COM: Las Vegas and Quebec City have entered the third and final stage of the NHL expansion process.