NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 28, 2017
Capitals reportedly close to re-signing Oshie plus updates on the Penguins, Predators, Senators & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
CSN MID-ATLANTIC: cites Sportsnet’s John Shannon yesterday saying a deal between the Washington Capitals and pending free agent winger T.J. Oshie is “all but done.” No word as to the details or when it could be announced. Oshie, 30, is completing a five-year contract with an annual average salary of $4.175 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to see how long this deal could be and for how much. My guess is it’ll be for five years and worth between $5.5 – $6 million annually. The Capitals currently have over $50 million invested in 11 players for next season. Oshie, Kevin Shattenkirk, Karl Alzner and Justin Williams are their notable UFAs and Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov and Andre Burakovsky are among their restricted free agents.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Speaking of the Capitals, they will reportedly play the Toronto Maple Leafs at the US Naval Academy on March 3, 2018.
THE TENNESSEAN: Jim Balsillie’s failed attempt to buy and move the Nashville Predators in 2007, a rivalry with Chicago Blackhawks fans and the Preds’ gold jerseys are among eight reasons why the club’s fan base turned into a powerhouse.
TRIBLIVE.COM: With Kris Letang sidelined, Brian Dumoulin has taken on a larger role on the Pittsburgh Penguins blueline.
NHL.COM: Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson will undergo an MRI and x-rays on his injured left heel.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators winger Clarke MacArthur hopes to receive a clean bill of health to play next season. While he returned to action after an 18-month battle with concussion symptoms, he admitted to some neck discomfort during the playoffs.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators goaltender Craig Anderson’s wife Nicholle recently learned her throat cancer is now in remission.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to the Andersons as Nicholle completes her recovery.
SPORTSNET: Senators winger Bobby Ryan isn’t concerned about the possibility of being selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in next month’s expansion draft. “For me? Are they going to take $7 million? No. I’m good,” Ryan said through a chuckle.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ryan has a no-movement clause but apparently the wording in his contract allows him to be unprotected in the expansion draft without his permission. His improved play in the 2017 playoffs could ensure he’s protected in the draft, but he makes a good point about how his annual salary could be a turnoff for the Golden Knights.
NBC SPORTS: Arizona Coyotes forward Tobias Rieder underwent ankle surgery and will require 8-to-12 weeks to recover.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks re-signed defenseman Michal Kempny to a one-year extension worth $900,000.
THE PROVINCE: The Vancouver Canucks could make a pitch to host the 2019 NHL Draft.