P.K. Subban on his trade to Nashville, latest contract signings and more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines.
SPORTSNET: Eric Engels has a two-part interview with defenseman P.K. Subban, who talks about his time with the Montreal Canadiens and his trade to the Nashville Predators.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Like Canadiens owner Geoff Molson and GM Marc Bergevin, Subban said a lot but danced around the questions over the reasons why he was traded. Like Molson and Bergevin, he didn’t point fingers or cite a particular factor behind the move. What I found interesting was Engel citing a source claiming Habs analytics consultant Matt Pfeffer made an impassioned plea with management against the Subban trade before it took place. Pfeffer has since been told his contract won’t be renewed. Make of that what you will.
THE SCORE: Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby wins ESPY award as the best NHL player.
NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils winger Mike Cammalleri feels he’s finally “over the hump” regarding the nagging wrist injury that ultimately sidelined him for the second half of last season.
NEWSDAY: The new owners of the New York Islanders aren’t committing to an agreement to play six games in a refurbished Nassau Coliseum.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Rangers avoided salary arbitration with forward J.T. Miller, re-signing him to a two-year contract worth $2.75 million per season.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers signed winger Jesse Puljujarvi to a three-year, entry-level contract.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: The Penguins signed defenseman Justin Schultz to a one-year, $1.4 million contract. He’s taking a pay cut from the $3.9 million he earned last season to remain with the Pens. GM Jim Rutherford also said he still hopes to re-sign center Matt Cullen.
THE DETROIT NEWS: The Red Wings re-signed forward Teemu Pulkkinen to a one-year contract worth $812,500.
STLTODAY.COM: The Blues re-signed forward Ty Rattie to a one-year, one-way contract worth $650K.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Over three years after trading forward Cory Conacher to the Ottawa Senators for goaltender Ben Bishop, the Tampa Bay Lightning signed him to a one-year, one-way deal worth $575K.
BOSTON HERALD: The Bruins re-signed defenseman Colin Miller to a two-year contract worth $1 million annually and blueliner Joe Morrow to a one-year, $800K deal.