NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 26, 2016
Updates on recent trades, free-agent signings & more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC/MIAMI HERALD: The Arizona Coyotes acquired center David Bolland and prospect forward Lawson Crouse from the Florida Panthers in exchange for conditional third-round pick in 2017 and a conditional second-round pick in 2018.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This move allows the Panthers to dump Bolland’s contract, which pays him $5.5 million annually through 2018-19. He had a modified no-trade clause, but it obviously wasn’t an issue here.
Injuries hampered Bolland over the past three seasons. The Panthers were unable to buy him out this summer because he’s still hurt. While they could’ve place him on LTIR to start this season, they were obviously keen to get his contract off their books.
It came at a high price, as Crouse was one of the Panthers’ top prospects. He could have a better chance cracking the Coyotes lineup than the Panthers this season or next. This move could turn into a significant payoff for the Coyotes if Crouse blossoms into a star in Arizona. They also have no issue with placing Bolland on LTIR.
SPORTSNET: The New York Rangers have reportedly signed UFA forward Brandon Pirri to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: An affordable gamble by the Rangers. Pirri netted 22 goals with the Florida Panthers in 2014-15. He has a decent scoring touch and can play center or on the wing. While his defensive game needs work, he could provide a nice little boost to the Blueshirts’ offense this season.
THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche announced Jared Bednar will be their new head coach. Bednar guided the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters to the 2016 Calder Cup title.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Avs were seeking a coach who could work well with their young players. Bednar should fit the bill.
NBC SPORTS: The Avalanche are also reportedly bringing UFA winger Rene Bourque to training camp on a tryout basis.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild winger Zach Parise claims he’s made a full recovery from last season’s nagging back injury and is ready to go for the upcoming season.
NHL.COM: Sidney Crosby was named captain of Team Canada for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. Jonathan Toews and Shea Weber are the alternate captains.
EDMONTON SUN: Former Oilers forward and unrestricted free agent Shawn Horcoff isn’t interested in professional tryout offers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In that case, his NHL playing days are probably over.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The NHL’s Las Vegas expansion franchise could be named the Desert Knights.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: At this point, I don’t care what they call them. Just give them a name so I can stop calling them “the NHL’s Las Vegas expansion franchise”.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: New Jersey Devils single-game tickets for 2016-17 go on sale today.