NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 14, 2017

by | Jun 14, 2017 | News, NHL | 5 comments

Ottawa Senators defenseman Dion Phaneuf could decline to waive his no-movement clause.

Latest contract signings plus updates on Dion Phaneuf, Kevin Bieksa, Matt Greene & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

TSN: Ottawa Senators defenseman Dion Phaneuf is not expected to waive his no-movement clause for the purpose of exposure in the upcoming NHL expansion draft. However, the Senators do have the option of trading him before the Saturday deadline for submission of player protection lists.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Trading Phaneuf is just one option the Senators face if he declines to waive his NMC. Details on that later this morning in the Rumors section. 

There’s reportedly no need for the Anaheim Ducks to ask defenseman Kevin Bieksa to waive his no-movement clause because they apparently have a pre-arranged deal with the Vegas Golden Knights.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Are they trading one of their other blueliners to the Golden Knights? Are they shipping them a forward? A draft pick? A top prospect? Have the Golden Knights agreed to take another player left exposed in the draft? Let your imagination run wild!


LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Los Angeles Kings activated defenseman Matt Greene off long-term injured reserve for the purpose of buying out his contract. Greene has one year remaining on his contract at a cap hit of $2.5 million. The buyout would count as over $833K per season against the Kings’ cap payroll for the next two seasons. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Kings currently have over $67 million invested in 18 players for next season. This move would free up roughly $1.7 million. Perhaps they’ll use that extra cap space to pursue a scorer via trade or free agency this summer. 

NEW YORK POST: Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein is leaning toward retiring from the NHL and continuing his playing career in Europe. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That likely explains why the Rangers didn’t ask Dan Girardi or Marc Staal to waive their no-movement clauses for the upcoming expansion draft. 

NHL.COM: The Nashville Predators re-signed defenseman Yannick Weber to a one-year, $650K contract. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres re-signed goaltender Linus Ullmark to a two-year, $1.5 million contract. 

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets re-signed forward Marko Dano to a one-year, $850K contract. 

EDMONTON SUN: Oilers head of player personnel Kelly Buchberger is reportedly set to join the New York Islanders’ coaching staff. 

BOSTON HERALD: The Bruins promoted Kevin Dean into an assistant coaching role. Dean was head coach of the Providence Bruins. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Former Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling recounted his recovery from alcohol abuse and his journey through the minors to the NHL in a piece in The Players Tribune. Darling was recently traded to the Carolina Hurricanes and re-signed a multi-year deal with his new club. 

NBC SPORTS: The Grand Rapid Griffins are the 2017 Calder Cup champions, defeating the Syracuse Crush 4-3 in Game 6. 



  1. Actually I thought Dion had already made his decision to decline but either way, he has the right to do that.

  2. I happily accept Spector’s invitation to “let your imagination run wild” with possibilies of the Ducks trading a defenseman.

    It’s not far-fetched to assume that MA Fleury, having waived his NMC. will not be with the Penguins next season. Reports that the Penguins have made a deal with Vegas to select him in the draft are quite believable, as well. Given that both these events have occurred, the Penguins have an extra $5.75 million in cap space, and would not have to worry about losing anybody but Fleury in the draft, since teams can only lose one player. Unless there is a rule that I’m not aware of, that means that they could acquire a player without any danger of losing one. They sure could use a rugged, right-hand shooting defenseman. In fact, if they would have a need for anything, it would be a quality defenseman. If Bieksa is not the one, the Ducks may have another defenseman whom they would trade, rather than expose in the draft.

    • The Penguins could use a rugged RH defenseman? NO THANKS! Did you watch the SCF? Why would anyone want a slow, old, crappy passer Bieksa?

    • With Letang the Penguins d corps is just fine. If they wanted someone as useless as Bieksa they would have just kept Orpik. Brian Dumoulin is 6’4″ and only 205 pounds. When he fills out he’s going to be a monster. And he’s one of the fastest skaters on the team. Maatta is still very young too and will get stronger and hopefoa little faster. But I’ll take this group when healthy all day.
      Dumoulin Letang
      Maatta Shultz
      Cole Pouliot/ Taylor/ Bengsston
      No need for a Bieksa.

    • Some valid points made here about Bieksa, although if he is as bad as some say, the Ducks wouldn’t have traded to keep him. Nevertheless, the Ducks must trade or expose a quality defenseman, and if the Penguins are in a position to acquire a one without expansion draft consequences, they should be anxious to.

      From TSN:

      Though the details of the trade are still unclear, it allowed Anaheim to not have to ask defenceman Kevin Bieksa to waive his no-movement clause. Bieksa will, therefore, be automatically protected in the expansion draft and with two protected spots remaining for Cam Fowler, Hampus Lindholm, Josh Manson and Sami Vatanen.
      TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reports that under no circumstances will the Ducks allow Manson to be taken off their roster and will make a trade with another team, if necessary, to make sure they do not lose Manson.
      I like Manson far better than all but a few of the Penguins starting defense, and any of their prospects. Vatanen, too. If the Pens can have either for a reasonable price without exposing a player, they should take advantage of that unique and fortunate opportunity.