George McPhee named Las Vegas GM, latest contract signings & more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines. 

Las Vegas NHL expansion club to hire George McPhee as general manager.

Las Vegas NHL expansion club to hire George McPhee as general manager.

 LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Former Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee has been selected as the GM for Las Vegas’ NHL expansion franchise. A news conference is set for today to make the official announcement. 


SPECTOR’S NOTE: I like this hiring by Las Vegas. McPhee has many years of front office experience, including 17 seasons as GM of the Capitals from 1997 to 2014. He’s a good choice to build Vegas’ roster.


THE NEWS & OBSERVER:  The Carolina Hurricanes re-signed center Victor Rask to a six-year deal worth $4 million annually. 


SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s a hefty raise from Rask’s $863K annual average salary last season. Rask had 33 points in his rookie campaign (2014-15) and 21 goals and 48 points as an NHL sophomore. Should he become a 50-plus point player, this will be a worthwhile deal for the Hurricanes. 


NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils named forward Ryane Clowe as an assistant coach. 


SUN-SENTINEL.COM:  Florida Panthers coach Gerard Gallant admits to being slightly surprised by the club’s recent personnel turnover, which including several roster changes (trading Erik Gudbranson and Dmitry Kulikov, signing UFAs Keith Yandle and James Reimer) and Tom Rowe taking over as general manager. Still, he likes the club’s makeup and is excited about the new additions.



NEWSDAY:  The New York Islanders re-signed defenseman Scott Mayfield to a two-year, one-way contract worth $650K per season.  


DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Stars re-signed defenseman Jamie Oleksiak to a one-year deal worth over $918K.


ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks signed defenseman Korbinian Holzer to a one-year, $700K contract. 


NBC SPORTS: Buffalo Sabres prospect Michael Campoli avoided serious injury after being stretchered from the ice during development camp yesterday. He was subsequently released from hospital. 


ARIZONA SPORTS: After Sportsnet 590 host Dean Blundell recently slammed Shane Doan for re-signing with the Arizona Coyotes, Vince Marotta offers a spirited defense of Doan.


SPECTOR’S NOTE: I recommend reading the entire piece, especially for Marotta’s mic drop at the end.