Latest notable signings, hirings and more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines.
TSN: The Los Angeles Kings signed UFA winger Teddy Purcell to a one-year, $1.6 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The report also said the Kings hope Purcell, 30, will offset the the departure of Milan Lucic via free agency. Purcell won’t replace Lucic’s physical presence. While he has a 30-goal season on his resume (2011-12), he managed only 14 goals split between the Edmonton Oilers and Florida Panthers last season. He did tally 11 points in 15 games with the Panthers and two goals in six playoff games. He’s an affordable short-term option.
THE DETROIT NEWS: The Red Wings filed for salary arbitration with goaltender Petr Mrazek.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: To my knowledge, the Wings are the only team to take a player to arbitration this summer. The deadline for teams filing for arbitration was 5 pm ET yesterday. The reports suggests if the two sides can negotiate a deal before the arbitration hearing, Mrazek could receive a two- to four-year contract worth between $4-$5 million.
NBC SPORTS: Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque apologized to family, friends and fans for drunk driving last month in Lawrence, Mass. His blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit. He received a one-year probation and his driver’s license was suspended for 45 days.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I live on Prince Edward Island, where the punishment for a first time drunk-driving offense with a blood-alcohol level in excess of 0.08 is one year license suspension, minimum 3 days imprisonment, $1200 fine, mandatory Driver Rehabilitation Course and one year enrollment in ignition interlock program. Just throwing that out there as an interesting comparison.
CALGARY SUN: The Flames hired former Ottawa Senators head coach Dave Cameron as an assistant coach.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: After a two-year absence, Basil McRae is returning to the Columbus Blue Jackets, this time as their director of player personnel.