Updates on PK Subban, Evander Kane & more in this morning’s collection of notable NHL headlines.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Former Canadiens star P.K. Subban took a few good-natured shots at the club while hosting his All-Star Celebrity Gala at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal last night. “Subban dedicated a couple of cheeky country and western songs: Take This Job and Shove It was aimed at general manager Marc Bergevin and Good Luck with That was sent to his former teammates trying to win the Stanley Cup under head coach Michel Therrien’s system.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The gala raises $130,000 for the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation, which goes toward the $10 million Subban pledged to raise over the next decade for the hospital.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres winger Evander Kane plead not guilty “on a misdemeanor charge and five non-criminal charges in connection with a June 24 incident at a downtown bar.” The case is due to return to court on September 9.
NHL.COM: The Columbus Blue Jackets signed UFA center Sam Gagner to a one-year deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As per CapFriendly.com, Gagner will receive $650K from the Blue Jackets. That a considerable drop from the $4.8 million per season of his previous contract and indicative of how much his stock plunged in recent seasons.
ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes placed veteran center Antoine Vermette on unconditional waivers yesterday for the purpose of buying out the final season of his two-year, $7.5 million contract. The Coyotes will get $2.5 million in cap relief for 2016-17.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s speculation this buyout could be the precursor for another move by the Coyotes via trade or free agency.