An update on Johan Franzen, Bryce Salvador retires, latest on the sale of the Penguins, this season’s trade deadline date revealed and much more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen is hoping to overcome his recent concussion to return to action, but he still has several medical hurdles to clear before receiving approval. Franzen claims he hasn’t considered retirement.
NHL.COM: New Jersey Devils defenseman and captain Bryce Salvador announced his retirement after 13 NHL seasons spent with the Devils and St. Louis Blues. He missed most of last season with a bulging disk and nerve damage in his lower back. A draft pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1994, Salvador had 24 goals and 86 assists in 786 NHL games.
SPORTSNET: The Devils hope to retire Martin Brodeur’s number 30 jersey this season. The long-time Devils netminder announced his retirement in January.
TRIBLIVE.COM: The ownership of the Pittsburgh Penguins reportedly set their sale price of the franchise at a whopping $750 million.
TVA SPORTS’s Renaud Lavoie reports the NHL’s 2015-16 trade deadline is February 29, 2016 at 3 pm ET.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Mark your calendars and start preparing your excuses for missing work or school, kids.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Former Blackhawks goaltender Antti Raanta denied a report in a Finnish newspaper claiming he was rooting against the club in their opening-round series against the Nashville Predators so that he could return home to Finland. Raanta spent the playoffs in the press box as the ‘Hawks went with Scott Darling as their backup. Following the postseason, he was dealt to the New York Rangers.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Speaking of the Blackhawks, they re-signed forward Joakim Nordstrom to a one-year deal yesterday. Financial terms weren’t revealed, but General Fanager reveals it’s a two-way deal worth $605K at the NHL level.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Transition to life after hockey can be difficult for some NHL players.
YAHOO SPORTS: A book by former NHL player Jarkko Ruutu reveals a prank Georges Laraque and Colby Armstrong played on their Pittsburgh Penguins teammates.
TVA SPORTS: Seattle’s arena project took another step forward late Tuesday, with the Downtown Design Review Board approving plans for a new arena in the SoDo district, submitted by businessman Chris Hansen.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the arena project goes through, it remains to be seen if the Hansen group will submit a bid for an expansion franchise or be forced to wait for a relocated club.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Former NHL player Stephen Peat admitted to causing a fire at his father’s Langley, BC home earlier this year. He was in provincial court to plead guilty to a charge of arson by negligence.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Buffalo Sabres winger Evander Kane used a billboard on the Sunset Strip to successfully woo back his girlfriend, model Mara Teigen.