Results from All-Star skills competition, highlights from the commissioner’s “state of the league” address, Leafs to change their logo and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines
NHL All-Star Weekend News.
The Red Wings Dylan Larkin broke the fastest skater record in Saturday’s NHL Skills Competition event in Nashville. Montreal’s P.K. Subban dressed as Jaromir Jagr and won the breakaway challenge.
ESPN.COM: A roundup of the best and worst from Saturday’s NHL All-Star skills competition.
NBC SPORTS: Jason Brough wonders if the players will actually try in this year’s All-Star Game. A $1 million prize goes to the winning team this year.
YAHOO SPORTS: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman declined to comment on the accusation leveled by John Scott that a league official attempted to talk the player out of attending this year’s All-Star Game. Bettman also said he didn’t expect the plunging Canadian dollar to significantly affect next season’s salary cap, no decision has been made yet regarding the 2018 Olympics, the league is still conducting its own investigation into the accusation of sexual assault leveled at Patrick Kane last summer, and there’s no timetable as to when the league will unveil its expansion plans.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, nothing to see here, folks, please move along quietly.
TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons reports the agents for Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos have determined their client’s market value is between $11-$12 million annually.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s probably their opening bid. The Lightning’s pitch was reportedly $8.5 million. The two sides are now probably working toward a figure (my guess is $10 million annually) they’re both comfortable with.
THE DENVER POST: Mike Chambers speculates it could cost the Colorado Avalanche $7 million per season to re-sign center Nathan MacKinnon, who’s completing his entry-level contract this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The current benchmark contract for the Avalanche is Matt Duchene’s ($6 million per), but MacKinnon’s their obvious franchise guy. He’ll likely get between $6.5 – $7 million per.
ESPN.COM: The Arizona Coyotes could establish a partnership with Arizona State University to move into the new arena to be built in Tempe.
TSN: The Toronto Maple Leafs will unveil a new log on Tuesday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Expect that to dominant the hockey headlines in a couple of days.