2016 Hall of Fame elections today, plus updates on Jamie Benn, Alexander Radulov and more in today’s collection of NHL morning headlines.
NHL.COM: Six players (Eric Lindros, Dave Andreychuk, Curtis Joseph, Paul Kariya, Mark Recchi and Jeremy Roenick) with long-time eligibility for the Hockey Hall of Fame could finally get the call today.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of these, I think Lindros is a certainty for induction this year. Joseph could also get the call. As for the others, it could be a toss-up. I’m not saying they won’t get a call or aren’t deserving, but it’s tough to say how the vote will go.
SPORTSNET’s Chris Johnston reminds us via Twitter that “A window where RFA’s can speak with other teams opens on Tuesday. Jacob Trouba, Seth Jones among possible offer sheet candidates.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Over the past two summers, when the salary cap didn’t rise as high as originally projected, I expected at least one top RFA to receive an offer sheet. Nothing happened. Perhaps this summer will be different.
Johnston also spoke with Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill regarding contract extension talks with captain Jamie Benn. “Jim Nill intends to sign captain Jamie Benn to an extension after July 1. “Jamie’s not going anywhere. We’ll get something done.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The last thing Nill wants is a situation that drags on through the offseason and possibly into next season, casting doubt over Benn’s future in Dallas.. I’ll be surprised if they go into August without the announcement of a new deal.
Johnson’s colleague Elliotte Friedman reports Alexander Radulov won’t be returning to the NHL. After not finding any NHL club willing to pay his asking price, he’s signed with Salavat of the KHL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: One report claimed Radulov sought a two-year deal worth $7.5 million per season. No wonder he’s staying in the KHL.
NBC SPORTS: It was reported the Vancouver Canucks were buying out winger Chris Higgins and retaining Alex Burrows for next season. However, Canucks president Trevor Linden claims no decision has been made.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: James Mirtle examines how Toronto Maple Leaf president Brendan Shanahan is reshaping his club.