NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 16, 2016

by | Aug 16, 2016 | News, NHL | 4 comments

Anaheim Ducks sign UFA center Antoine Vermette to a two-year contract.

Anaheim Ducks sign UFA center Antoine Vermette to a two-year contract.

 Antoine Vermette signs with the Anaheim Ducks, John Tavares talks about his future and more in this morning’s collection of notable NHL headlines. 

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER:  The Anaheim Ducks signed unrestricted free agent center Antoine Vermette to a two-year contract worth $3.5 million. “Vermette not only helps fill a center hole with Thompson out until March becuase of an Achilles injury, but gives the Ducks and incoming coach Randy Carlyle some added flexibility and another power-play option. His ability to play center could also allow Carlyle to put Rakell on the wing if he so desired.”

NEWSDAY:  New York Islanders captain John Tavares reiterates he has no desire to leave via free agency when his contract expires in two years. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A lot can happen in two years to perhaps change Tavares’ mind. However, he appears determined to remain an Islander. As long as he feels the club is heading in the right direction and the new ownership is willing to invest in bolstering the roster, I expect he’ll re-sign with them, perhaps as early as next summer.

TSN: Speaking of the Islanders, they re-signed goaltender Christopher Gibson to a one-year, two-way contract. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: General Fanager indicates he’ll earn $660K at the NHL level. 

SUN-SENTINEL.COM:  Florida Panthers center Vincent Trocheck will be an alternate on Team North America in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. 

CALGARY SUN: The Flames re-signed defenseman Tyler Witherspoon to a one-year, two-way contract. 

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets re-signed forward JC Lipon to a one-year, two-way deal worth $650K at the NHL level. 

THE PROVINCE: Remembering Vancouver Canucks forward Rick Rypien five years after his death. 

2016 Hobey Baker Award winner Jimmy Vesey is now an unrestricted free agent. Find out the latest on his potential destinations in the Rumors section.


  1. I think Taveres is vastly under rated because he plays for the Islanders. If he was a Ranger, Blackhawk or a King he would reap many more accolades for his excellent play on what until recently has been a mediocre to average Islander team. Any team in the league would love to have him on their roster.

    • I don’t believe he is underrated at all. 1 of the 10 best players in the NHL & part of an incredible foundation layed by Snow.

      The young core on this team is improving annually & a ton of blue chip prospects coming. The future for NYI looks very bright. Still another year or to from cup contender status but a perennially playoff team moving forward.

      • I would say he isnt under rated by those in the know so to speak, but in general I dont think national media or fans understand just how exceptional a player Taveres is. I agree, the Islanders are a good young team on the rise wkith a bright future.

  2. Tavares certainly showcased his skills in this year’s playoffs. The Islanders looked good but tailed off quickly in the Tampa series. But like you guys say they are young and definitely a team of the future.