Updates on Gabe Landeskog, Corey Crawford, Evander Kane & more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines.
THE DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche captain Gabe Landeskog wrote an article for The Players’ Tribune calling upon NHL players to take concussion injuries more seriously. Landeskog points to his own experience during a game in 2013, when he suffered a concussion but was unaware of his status and continued playing.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As Landeskog notes, part of the problem is the tendency for players to play with pain. That leaves them susceptible to ongoing or more serious head trauma. Despite the growing knowledge about concussion injuries, there were a few reports in recent years of some players either trying to hide their symptoms or being unaware of the seriousness of their injury.
ARIZONA SPORTS: A league source claims Arizona Coyotes winger Tobias Rieder seeks a two-year contract worth an annual average salary of $2.75 million. His camp also proposed a three-year deal (worth the same cap hit) or a four-year deal worth $3 million annually. Coyotes management, however, doesn’t appear interested in those suggestions. The source also denied a recent report claiming the Rieder camp sought a deal comparable to Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri worth $4.5 million per season. It was previously reported the Coyotes were interested in a two-year deal worth between $2 – $2.3 million annually, or a three-year deal worth $2.5 million per.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There were reports last month claiming Rieder was fielding offers from the KHL. His camp is obviously trying to use those offers to their advantage in contract talks. There isn’t much separating the two sides. My guess is Rieder accepts under $2.5 million annually on a two- or three-year deal. He’s coming off an entry-level contract and has little leverage except to threaten to play in Europe or stage a contract holdout.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford took part in a public service ad campaign to raise money for 1,900 police vests. The Blackhawks announced they’re donating $5,000.00 to the “Get Behind The Vest” drive.