NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 13, 2016
Updates on Ryan Suter, Cody Ceci and more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines.
SIRIUS XM NHL (VIA TODAY’S SLAPSHOT): Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau aims to reduce the ice time of defenseman Ryan Suter. Noting the depth of his defense corps, Boudreau said he doesn’t believe it’s necessary for the 31-year-old Suter to skate nearly 29 minutes per game. He prefers reducing Suter’s ice time to between 23-25 minutes per game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Boudreau’s predecessors certainly over-relied on Suter. It makes sense to shift some of the burden off him over the course of a long season. That will ensure he’s not burned out when the playoffs begin.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators general manager Pierre Dorion remains confident of getting restricted free agent defenseman Cody Ceci under contract by the time the season opens in October. Dorion said he’s been in constant contact with Ceci’s agent and expects to get a deal done in the near future. It’s believed the two sides are discussing a short-term deal as the Senators want to evaluate Ceci’s development.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ceci is also coming off an entry-level contract and has no leverage other than to stage a holdout. That doesn’t appear likely in this case. I won’t be surprised if Ceci agrees to a new two-year deal worth around $3.2 million annually before training camp opens in September.
MIAMI HERALD: Former Florida Panthers defensemen Dmitry Kulikov and Erik Gudbranson have gotten over their surprise at being traded earlier in the offseason and look forward to skating with their new clubs. Kulikov was dealt to the Buffalo Sabres during the 2016 NHL Draft weekend in June, while Gudbranson was shipped to the Vancouver Canucks in late-May.
VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks forward Sven Baertschi and his girlfriend were “locked up” by the B.C. SPCA on Friday as part of a charity event to raise funds for animals in need.
THE MERCURY NEWS: Former NHL star Jeremy Roenick is offering to help pop star Justin Bieber improve his hockey skills.