NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 29, 2016
Updates on Alex Ovechkin, Pascal Dupuis and more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines.
TODAY’S SLAPSHOT: NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the league isn’t troubled by the recent trade that saw the Florida Panthers ship sidelined center Dave Bolland and prospect Lawson Crouse to the Arizona Coyotes for two conditional draft picks.
The move was an obvious salary dump by the Panthers, as Bolland is expected to go on long-term injured reserve this season. Since 2015, the Coyotes used their available cap space to take on nearly $18 million in contracts of players either on LTIR (Bolland, Chris Pronger) or playing in the KHL (Pavel Datsyuk).
Daly said the league monitored these moves but doesn’t consider them to be exploiting a loophole in the CBA. He also doesn’t categorize Bolland’s contract as dead cap space, because it’s possible he could play again in the NHL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Oh, it’s a loophole, all right, and you can bet your butt the league honchos will do everything they can to close it off in the next round of collective bargaining with the NHLPA. For now, there’s very little the league can do about it. Believe me, if there was, they never would’ve allowed the Pronger, Datsyuk and Bolland trades to take place.
CSN MID-ATLANTIC: Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin took to Twitter to announce his marriage to Nastya Shubskaya.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I share CSN Mid-Atlantic’s congratulations to the happy couple. All the best in their future together.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Former winger turned Pittsburgh Penguins consultant Pascal Dupuis ponders his transition to the front office. Dupuis’ playing career was ended midway through last season due to blood clots. With one season left on his contract, he’ll be placed on long-term injured reserve.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: To their credit, the Penguins organization isn’t rushing Dupuis into his new role. They’re giving him time and space to adjust to this significant change in his life. Fans assume NHL athletes can easily adjust to the end of their playing careers, especially if they remain involved in hockey at some level. Some do, but others can encounter varying degrees of difficulty making that change.
EDMONTON SUN: Terry Jones examines the painstaking process of laying down ice for the first time at the new Rogers Place in Edmonton.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: While serving as grand marshal of the Pure Michigan 400, Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill renewed his connection with NASCAR driver Michael Annett.