NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 29, 2016
Latest free-agent news plus updates on Aaron Ekblad, Andrew Shaw & more in this morning’s NHL headlines.
NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Dennis Seidenberg to a one-year, $1 million contract.
NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils signed UFA blueliner Kyle Quincey to a one-year, $1.25 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Two good, affordable short-term moves by the Isles and Devils to bolster their respective bluelines. These signings also likely remove two potential destinations for UFA rearguard Kris Russell, though he reportedly prefers to sign with a Western Conference club.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks contract talks with restricted free agents Hampus Lindholm and Rickard Rakell remain at an impasse, though the Ducks are believed closer to a potential deal with Rakell. He’s thought to be seeking a deal comparable to the six-year, $24 million contract of Carolina’s Victor Rask.
Lindholm, meanwhile, is reportedly seeking a six-year deal worth $6 million per season, while the Ducks apparently wish to give him an annual cap hit comparable to Columbus’ Seth Jones ($5.4 million) and Toronto’s Morgan Rielly ($5 million). The Ducks have no interest in signing either player to two-year bridge contracts, as that could possibly open the door to much larger deals once the bridge contracts expire.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s also worth noting that the Ducks currently have just over $7.5 million in cap space. Whatever they eventually pay Lindholm and Rakell will mean making a salary-dumping deal to clear cap room for those two. Defenseman Cam Fowler ($4 million annual cap hit) is frequently mentioned as a possible trade candidate.
NBC SPORTS: Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad (neck injury) has been medically cleared by team doctors to return to action, Ekblad suffered the injury playing for Team North America in the World Cup of Hockey.
TSN: Montreal Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw faces a telephone hearing today with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety after boarding Washington Capitals defenseman Connor Hobbs in a preseason game on Tuesday.
Bob McKenzie reports Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jared Cowen’s grievance hearing with an independent arbitrator is set for Oct. 19. Cowen is grieving the Leafs buyout of his contract.