NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 20, 2017
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.