HHoF Class of 2016 revealed, latest trades, signings and more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines.
NHL.COM: Eric Lindros, Sergei Makarov, Rogie Vachon and Pat Quinn will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: All I can say about these inductees is “About damn time.” All should’ve been inducted years ago, especially Vachon, who was among the NHL’s best goalies during the late-60s and through most of the 1970s.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators re-signed left wing Filip Forsberg to a six-year, $36-million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise here. It was expected Forsberg, who tallied over 60 point in each of the past two seasons, would receive a raise in salary to between $6-$7 million per season. That’s the going rate for wingers of his caliber.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens signed recently-acquired center Andrew Shaw to a six-year, $23.4 million contract. His annual cap hit will be $3.9 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A little lengthy and a little pricey, though the salary is cheaper than the $4.5 million per season Shaw allegedly sought from the Chicago Blackhawks. The deal lacks a no-trade clause and is front-loaded.
NBC SPORTS: Justin Schultz, Joe Colborne, Brett Connolly and Brandon Pirri are among the notable RFAs who didn’t receive qualifying offers, making them eligible for unrestricted free agency.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In most cases, the cost of qualifying them is more expensive than their actual value. Some are also likely salary-cap casualties as their teams cannot afford to qualify their rights. It’s possible some could re-sign with their current clubs as unrestricted free agents, albeit to salaries below what they earned last season.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks will buy out winger Chris Higgins, but forward Alex Burrows remains in roster limbo.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The cost of buying out Higgins is over $833K per season through 2017-18.
STLTODAY’s Jeremy Rutherford reports the St. Louis Blues re-signed forward Kyle Brodziak to a two-year contract worth $950K per season.
NBC SPORTS: The Detroit Red Wings re-signed forward Drew Miller to a one-year, $1.025 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This signing could also mean the Wings are parting ways with pending UFA forward Darren Helm.
SPORTSNET: The Ottawa Senators traded winger Alex Chiasson to the Calgary Flames in exchange for defenceman Pat Sieloff. The Flames promptly re-signed Chiasson to a one-year, $800K contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Chiasson failed to develop into a scoring winger with the Senators. He’ll get a chance at a fresh start in Calgary.
TVA SPORTS’ Renaud Lavoie reports the Anaheim Ducks re-signed goalie Dustin Tokarski to a one-year, two-way contract worth $600K at the NHL level.
NHL.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed defenseman Tim Erixon to a one-year deal.
CBC.CA: Ron MacLean is officially returning as host of Hockey Night in Canada.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sportsnet has also released Glenn Healy as its between-the-benches analyst. Intermission analyst Damien Cox is moving on to become the full-time co-host on Bob McCown’s radio show.
NHL.COM: The Nashville Predators hired former NHL defenseman Wade Redden as assistant director of player development.
TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs won’t be renewing the contract of ACC public address announcer Andy Frost, who took over the job in 1999-2000.