NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 20, 2017

by | Jun 20, 2017 | News, NHL | 12 comments

The Arizona Coyotes have decided not to re-sign long-time captain Shane Doan.

Coyotes part ways with Doan, Isles reportedly have deal with Vegas Golden Knights. Details & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: After 21 seasons, the Arizona Coyotes are parting ways with captain Shane Doan. The club won’t re-sign the 40-year-old right wing, who’s eligible on July 1 for unrestricted free agency.

They have offered Doan a front-office job but his agent said his client intends to test the upcoming free-agent market. Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson will take over as the Coyotes’ new captain. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to see how much interest Doan attracts as a free agent. He was a hot commodity as a UFA five years ago, but age and the wear and tear of 21 NHL seasons appeared to catch up with him last season, managing only six goals and 27 points.

However, Doan is only a year away from a 28-goal performance. There could be a club seeking leadership and scoring depth willing to take a chance on him for a reasonable, one-year, bonus-laden deal. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights reportedly have a deal in place with the New York Islanders “in which the Knights will receive the Islanders’ first-round draft pick (No. 15 overall) in Friday’s NHL Entry draft along with injured forward Mikhail Grabovski. In exchange, the Knights will take veteran forward Nikolai Kulemin in the Expansion Draft on Wednesday.” 

Golden Knights general manager George McPhee also set a deadline of midnight on Monday for rival GMs to talk trade with him. McPhee intends to compile his inaugural roster today and will officially announce his selections on Wednesday during the NHL Awards in Las Vegas. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given how many key players the Isles left exposed in the expansion draft, it’s unsurprising they’re willing to part with their first-round pick in this year’s draft. That seems a steep price, but this year’s draft isn’t a deep one. It’s a worthwhile move that helps them shed the expensive contracts of Grabovski and Kulemin. 

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators were unable to swing a deal with the Golden Knights to steer them away from players such as James Neal in the expansion draft.

SUNSENTINEL.COM: Florida Panthers winger Jonathan Marchessault said he was informed by GM Dale Tallon that he wasn’t able to make a deal with Vegas to prevent them from selecting him in the expansion draft.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators were in talks with Vegas regarding a possible deal to protect defenseman Marc Methot. While as many as eight teams were rumored to have side deals in place with the Golden Knights, the Senators weren’t among them. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to depart for Vegas via the expansion draft on Wednesday. In what is likely his final act as a Penguin, Fleury financed the construction of a playground at the Sto-Ken-Rox Boys & Girls Club in McKees Rocks.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning announced the re-signing of goaltender Peter Budaj to a two-year contract extension worth an annual average salary of $1.02 million. Budaj was eligible for unrestricted free agency in July. 

TORONTO SUN: Former Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson will be inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame. He’ll join former NHL official Kevin Collins, three-time Olympic women’s team coach Ben Smith and former NHL player Scott Young among this year’s inductees. 



  1. Is a 1st going with fleury? because how do you not grab rust unless a side deal is in play. Also be surprised to see Methot go over a younger guy, unless they plan to flip him. Hes a bit overpaid and probably at his best playing with karl.

    • You wouldn’t be surprised to see vegas take rust over MAF? You’re crazy. Rust is a good 3rd liner who can move up in a pinch. MAF is a great goalie, and an even better teammate. They are lucky to get such a great player

      • rust is like 10 years younger and can easily develop into 2nd line player. MAF will retire before they are competitive. I get you need some win now players, but there are decent goalies available that are young and not any great options to take from their current teams

    • I keep wondering the same thing. Why does everybody assume Fleury is going? The Penguins have over $9M tied up in two goalies, and Fleury lost his job during the playoffs for the last two seasons. I think Fleury is a bit overpaid, and I think Vegas should be looking for a little extra.

      That said I feel kind of bad talking Fleury down as he seems like a class guy.

  2. Regardless of whatever decision Doan makes about his future, he’s represented himself, the Coyotes/Jets and his country with pride and professionalism.

  3. I wouldn’t accept a 1st round draft pick from NYI to pass on Nelson or de Haan. I would take either player 1st. Both are worth more than a 1st round pick.

    • Never mind to salary dumps Grabovsky; LTIR, & Kulemin.

      I sure hope this rumor is false.

      • You have to think Snow’s got something up his sleeve. In one move he could potentially open up a good chunk of cap space and fill it with a great winger, like JVR, Eberly, Gal in Montreal, a couple of guy in Col, etc. and all of these teams want what Snow has, a body they can easily plug in their top 4 d.

    • The story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal originated from one published in Newsday June 18. The Newsday story didn’t say that the Knights were bound to select Kulemin. It said that “It was unclear whether the first-rounder would only preclude McPhee from taking one of those three” (Brock Nelson, Ryan Strome and Calvin de Haan). How does 1of the 3 sound as a more reasonable possibility?

  4. The Yotes are taking a lot of heat on this Doan situation. Shane has done a lot for them, been loyal etc., but so have they. He has earned over 40 million with them, and they have offered him an organizational job after hockey. He is sour, believing he is still a top notch player, and his agent suggests “he wants to win” (presumably Stanley Cup). Every year for the last five years, the Yotes have had to wait and see what he wanted to do, and once decided, as a cash strapped organization, scramble to build a team around his substantial salary. He has had a chance to be traded to a contender multiple times which he refused,(and who knows what the returns could have developed into) so he could stay in Arizona and not have to move. And while Arizona has had its issues, (Arena location, market, mismanagement, ownership), they have overall treated him very well. IMO he should acknowledge that and depart peacefully, without malice. If he is as good as all believe, a team will pick him up, but not out of sympathy, and what another team is willing to pay will be an accurate reflection of his current value. And if he is not chosen by another team, that will bear out Arizonas justification to not offer him another contract.

    • Yea I’m with you, F loyalty. F players that want to play for the same team their whole career.

      Maybe he is done but you can’t judge someone on an off year where every team member had a similar year. If you look at almost every stat, Doan’s year is no different than any one else on the team.

  5. Kinda get the feeling teams unable to make a deal with the knights are probably looking at one if their unprotected getting flipped to a rival who out bid them.