NHL 2016-17 home openers unveiled, Sharks and Coyotes swing a trade and more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines.
NHL.COM: The home games for all 30 NHL teams in 2016-17 was revealed, with the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins raising their championship banner on Oct. 13 against the Washington Capitals. The season officially begins on Oct. 12.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nothing like rubbing a little salt in the Capitals’ wounds by having to watch the Penguins raise their Cup banner. Maybe that will provide a little additional motivation for the Caps next season.
CSN BAY AREA: The San Jose Sharks acquired center Maxim Letunov and a 2017 sixth round draft pick from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for a 2016 fourth round pick and 2017 third round pick.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: The Penguins re-signed forward Kevin Porter to a one-year deal worth $575K.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers signed defenseman Jordan Oesterle to a one-year, two-way contract worth $585K at the NHL level.
TSN: Nordiques fans remain hopeful that the NHL will one day bring a franchise back to Quebec City.
BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres will continue to have their games televised on the MSG Network for more than a decade.
THE GUARDIAN (PEI): Check out my mock draft of the top-15 potential selections in the upcoming 2016 NHL Draft.