Notables RFAs poised to cash in, plus updates on Eric Lindros, Marc Bergevin, Alex Burrows & more in this morning’s collection of notable NHL headlines.
CBS SPORTS: With Nashville’s Filip Forsberg, Columbus’ Seth Jones, Florida’s Vincent Trocheck, Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele and Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon already receiving lucrative long-term contracts this summer, other notable restricted free agents (including Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov, Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan and Anaheim’s Hampus Lindholm) are also poised to cash in.
SPORTSNET: Gare Joyce has a lengthy profile of pending Hall of Fame inductee Eric Lindros that may leave you rethinking what you believe you know about “The Big E”.
NHL.COM: Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin claims he’s moved on from the P.K. Subban trade. He claims the addition of Shea Weber (who will be an alternate captain) brings the Habs instant credibility, making them more difficult to play against. He also insists he has no issues with personality with his players, adding head coach Michel Therrien didn’t know about the Subban trade until after it happened.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If this trade improves the Habs, Bergevin will be lauded as a hockey genius. If it doesn’t, and Subban goes on to bigger and better things with the Nashville Predators, this trade will be seen as the beginning of the end of Bergevin’s tenure as Canadiens GM.
THE PROVINCE: Despite being the subject of buyout and trade speculation, Alex Burrows is still with the Vancouver Canucks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Burrows is also in the final season of his contract. The upcoming campaign will likely be his last in Vancouver.
BOSTON HERALD: A contingent of current and former Bruins are heading to China for the club’s first-ever visit to that country.
SI.COM: Take a look inside Detroit’s new Little Caesars Arena.