NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 12, 2016

by | Oct 12, 2016 | News, NHL | 5 comments

Buffalo Sabres re-sign defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen.

Buffalo Sabres re-sign defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen.

 Recent contract signings, waiver claims and more in this morning’s NHL headlines. 

TRIBLIVE.COM:  Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby expressed optimism over his recovery from his latest concussion, saying he’s taking things day-by-day. He denied rumors that he suffered the injury during the World Cup of Hockey tournament, insisting that it occurred during a Penguins practice last Friday. While Crosby has no timetable for his return, he’s confident his recovery won’t be as arduous as it was from his previous two concussions. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS:  The Sabres re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen to a six-year, $32.4 million contract. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ristolainen’s annual cap hit ($5.4 million) makes him the Sabres highest-paid defenseman. This contract is similar to the one Seth Jones signed this summer with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The 21-year-old Ristolainen certainly earned his new deal. blossoming into a big-minute (25:16 TOI), point-producing (41 last season) top-pairing blueliner. With his best seasons still ahead of him, this contract could turn into a real bargain for the Sabres. 

NBC SPORTS:  The Los Angeles Kings signed winger Devin Setoguchi to a one-year, two-way contract.

EDMONTON JOURNAL:  Winger Kris Versteeg passed on signing with the Edmonton Oilers and instead joined the Calgary Flames on a one-year, $950K contract, Versteeg was on a professional tryout with the Oilers during training camp. The Oilers signed defenseman Eric Gryba to a one-year, two-way deal. 

TSN:  Notable waiver-wire transactions yesterday saw the New Jersey Devils claim winger PA Parenteau from the New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins claim goalie Mike Condon from the Montreal Canadiens, the Minnesota Wild pluck forwardTeemu Pulkkinen from the Detroit Red Wings, the Toronto Maple Leafs grab forward Seth Griffith from the Boston Bruins and the Carolina Hurricanes claim defenseman Klas Dahlbeck from the Arizona Coyotes. 

THE PROVINCE:  The Vancouver Canucks will place winger Emerson Etem on waivers and intend to sign Jack Skille to a one-year, two-way deal. 

NHL.COM:  The Carolina Hurricanes acquired forward Connor Brickley from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Brody Sutter.

NBC SPORTS:  Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry will miss the club’s season opener.

THE BOSTON GLOBE: The Bruins placed defensemen Adam McQuaid and Kevan Miller on injured reserve.  

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Winger Rick Nash will join Dan Girardi, Marc Staal and Derek Stepan as rotating alternate captains for the New York Rangers.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH:  Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno and his wife Janelle donated $1 million to children’s hospitals in Columbus and Boston. 

ESPN.COM/TSN: As the NHL enhances its concussion protocol by hiring a staff of concussion spotters, the United States Congress is calling on the league to explain how it cares for brain-injured players. 



  1. Still scratching my head over Toronto`s grabbing Seth Griffith. A pint size winger whose biggest drawbacks is his skating and lack of physical play, which kinda makes him a poor choice for 3rd/4th line duty. Last year they took Corrado, which made sense, a right handed defenceman. Toronto has a lack of depth at defence, goaltending or a acute need of a centreman who can win a faceoff. I hope they don`t take this London Knight connection too far and start cluttering up the system. At least they didn`t sign Prust, another former London Knight, who didn`t deserve the ice time he got.

    • Griffith is a Connor Brown insurance policy. If Brown struggles, Griffith gets a shot and Brown re-joins the Marlies. He’s waiver – exempt. If Griffith struggles, he goes on waivers again and, claimed or not, his departure from the senior squad isn’t a problem. BTW, he’s listed as 190 pounds – a pretty solid smurf.

      • Griffith is as best an average skater and not very physical. Solid or not, those are not good traits for a bottom 6 guy. In his limited time with Boston, he played on the top line, averaged 1:43/game pp and only scored 6 goals in 30 games. Not much of an insurance policy for Brown. If we were using a roster spot, I think Scott Wedgewood would have been a better pickup and I noticed Boston isn`t crying the blues about losing Griffith

  2. Carey Price to miss home opener as well, he you go again Montreal.

    • He’s sidelined by the flu, not an injury. Hardly the same thing, Deeeeeee.