Updates on Sidney Crosby, Brad Marchand and more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines.
NBC SPORTS: 30,000 fans turned out for Sidney Crosby’s Stanley Cup parade in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia.
NHL.COM: Contract extension talks between the Boston Bruins and Brad Marchand are underway. Marchand is eligible for unrestricted free agency next July.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Marchand was the Bruins leading goal scorer (37) in 2015-16, which was a career season for the 28-year-old winger. His cap hit next season is $4.5 million, and it could cost around $6.5 million on a six- or seven-year deal to re-sign him.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Entering the four year of his five-year contract, time may be running out for New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault to win a Stanley Cup title with the Blueshirts.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Vigneault has pretty much the same cast he had last season, minus puck-moving blueliner Keith Yandle. That doesn’t bode well for his chances.
NEWSDAY: Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin, the new co-owners of the New York Islanders, vow they’re willing to invest in free agents to improve their club. Ledecky also said team captain John Tavares, who will be eligible for UFA status in two years, won’t become a free agent.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The earliest the Islanders can re-sign Tavares is July 1, 2017.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook played a role in the Blackhawks recent signing of UFA winger Jordin Tootoo.
THE MERCURY NEWS: The San Jose Sharks have reportedly re-signed forward Matt Nieto to a one-year, $735K contract .