NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 22, 2017

by | Jun 22, 2017 | News, NHL | 12 comments

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid was the big winner at the 2017 NHL Awards.

The winners at the NHL Awards and the inaugural roster of the Vegas Golden Knights in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid won the Hart Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award in last night’s NHL Awards in Las Vegas. McDavid was also named to the First All-Star Team. The Oilers captain also won the Art Ross Trophy as this season’s leading scorer.

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron won his fourth Selke Trophy as the top defensive forward, tying Hall of Famer Bob Gainey as the only players to win it four times. 

San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns took home the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman, beating out Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson. 

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky won the Vezina Trophy as the top goalie for the second time in his career. His head coach John Tortorella won his second Jack Adams award as coach of the year. 

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews took home the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year.  Calgary Flames winger Johnny Gaudreau won the Lady Byng trophy as the most gentlemanly player and Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson won the Masterton Trophy for perseverance after taking time off during this season to be with his wife Nicholle, who was battling cancer. Nashville Predators general manager David Poile is this season’s GM of the Year. 

During the Awards show, the league honored former NHL player Bryan Bickell, whose career was cut short by multiple sclerosis. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The only surprise for me was Burns winning the Norris. Not that he doesn’t deserve it but I expected Karlsson would take home the award. I know some folks were upset with Tortorella winning the Adams over Toronto’s Mike Babcock and Edmonton’s Todd McLellan but Torts’ Blue Jackets finished the season with more points than the Leafs and Oilers. 

Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, winger James Neal and defenseman Marc Methot are among the notable players making up the Vegas Golden Knights inaugural roster. Here’s a look at the complete list (via TSN)


Teemu Pulkkinen (Coyotes)
William Carrier (Sabres)
Cody Eakin (Stars)
Tomas Nosek (Red Wings)
Jonathan Marchessault (Panthers)
Reilly Smith (Panthers)
Connor Brickley (Hurricanes)
Chris Thorburn (Jets)
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (Flyers)
Nikita Gusev (Lightning)
James Neal (Predators)
Mikhail Grabovski (Islanders)
Brendan Leipsic (Maple Leafs)
David Perron (Blues)
Oscar Lindberg (Rangers)
Erik Haula (Wild)
Alex Tuch (Wild)
William Karlsson (Blue Jackets)
David Clarkson (Blue Jackets)


Luca Sbisa (Canucks)
Jon Merrill (Devils)
Brayden McNabb (Kings)
Jason Garrison (Lightning)
Deryk Engelland (Flames)
Jake Bischoff (Islanders)
Colin Miller (Bruins)
Marc Methot (Senators)
David Schlemko (Sharks)
Griffin Reinhart (Oilers)
Alexei Emelin (Canadiens)
Clayton Stoner (Ducks)
Shea Theodore (Ducks)
Trevor van Riemsdyk (Blackhawks)
Nate Schmidt (Capitals)


Calvin Pickard (Avalanche)
Jean-Francois Berube (Islanders)
Marc-Andre Fleury (Penguins)

The Golden Knights also stocked up on draft picks in trades made with several NHL clubs, including two first-round selections in the upcoming 2017 NHL draft. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some of the players selected by Vegas could end up flipped to other teams in the upcoming days. I’ll have more on that in my Rumors section later this morning.

Whatever the Golden Knights roster eventually looks like, it certainly won’t be a playoff contender next season. However, management is loading up with draft picks and prospects to stock up their youth pipeline. They also picked up several promising players in Theodore, Schmidt, Pickard, Tuch, Karlsson, Haula and Miller who could form this club’s long-term nucleus. 



  1. Now that all the players are selected and deals are made, I think the values are much clearer.

    I still don’t quite get what happened with Minnesota paying a seemingly lower price than Anaheim, but overall I think McPhee did quite well, and will likely increase that haul by flipping guys like Miller, TVR and potentially Methot and Neal (if not now, then likely at the deadline).

    Here are my thoughts on some of the bigger deals.

    Anaheim – I was surprised they moved Theodore, but it wasn’t that it was a bad deal. It makes some sense to decide that they are deep in D prospects and maybe it’s worth keeping the team exactly as is for next year. My head scratching is more to do with the fact that Vegas seemed to get better value out of Anaheim than Minnesota despite Anaheim having more leverage and negotiating prior to the freeze, while Minnesota had a worse situation, and had no leverage after the freeze.

    Minnesota – I think Minnesota should be ecstatic with how it all came out considering how bad they were set up. The return to Vegas was good, but to me, Minnesota exposed the most valuable asset for a team without a protection deal, so they should be the team that ended up losing the most, but really weren’t. I think Vegas missed value here.

    Islanders – there protection strategy and price are just terrible for them. Vegas did well, but it was more on Islander mismanagement. The biggest issue is they actually made their situation worse with their weird list, then paid dearly for it. Now they are in the hunt for a big name winger, but without a first will likely spend assets they just paid to protect. That seems like poor asset management.

    Winnipeg – They wanted to protect a good team guy and the price wasn’t excessive, but Vegas did get good value. Moving from the 2nd half of the picks in the 20’s to the 10’s increases your chances of getting a solid NHLer by about 50%. Also, this year is pretty wide open from 3-15, so getting another pick in that range is great for Vegas.

    Florida – Weird move. They gave up two useful players instead of one. While smith is overpaid for what he accomplished last year, he is capable for value as a top 6 winger, so I wouldn’t think he is a throw away. Vegas did well here to essentially add 40+ goals to their line up for under $6M. Both players are just 26, and could be good fits on the team now, and valuable trade chips later later.

    Pittsburgh – the deal being made back in March makes even more sense. It let them hold Fleury for the playoff run, makes it so they don’t have to worry about losing anyone different, and also they get to make it a little easier on Fleury by not having this situation drag on. He had some certainty. Vegas does well to get a very good goalie and a little something extra.

    Tampa – Decent overall deal. Tampa’s exposed list got a lot less appealing after the Drouin trade. Tampa saves some cash, but Garrison isn’t completely dead money. Gusev could come from the KHL and play with Shipachyov. He has been better than a point per game in the KHL for the last two years, so it could be a sneakily good add.

    I am surprised that Carolina and Buffalo felt they needed to make a trade to protect assets.

    I am also surprised that Vegas took Emelin. Montreal is probably happy about the cap relief, but they have now lost 3 D that would have been likely to play games for them next season.

    I think Vegas realized the value they can eventually extract from Methot and Neal to keep prices prohibitively high to protect them. I am surprised Ottawa didn’t press harder as it creates a whole not easily filled. It may put them in the market for Alzner, but he will likely be expensive, and if he ends up at 6+ can you afford to have 3 D making that?

    Poile and McPhee are very Shrewd and it’s likely why no deal was reached. Poile realized that Neal isn’t what he once was, and has one year remaining. He probably couldn’t give up too much to keep him. He could now become a player for a guy like Williams. McPhee realized he can flip Neal now or at the trade deadline for more than Poile will offer to lay off. So it isn’t surprising no deal occurred.

    • Nice overview Danny. Where Ottawa is concerned, I think their depth on D will take care of that aspect of their game with Claesson ready to step into a more prominent role and Chabot coming in next year (along with Ben Harpur). They have just 17 players signed for next season with RFAs Dzingel and Pageau due for fairly significant increaswes and UFAs like Stalberg, Pyatt and Condon to sign along with – maybe – UFAs Chris Kelly and Matt O’Connor (who I don’t believe they’re ready to give up on just yet – see how he does with an improved team in front of him in Belleville). They also have Hogberg coming over from Sweden in goal).

      • Uhh – I guess I was wrong about O’Conner – just read a small blurb that says he’s been told he will not receive a qualifying offer. Looks like Hogberg will be the # 1 in Belleville. Same blurb says that, Button be damned, Dorion is NOT taking a goalie with their late 1st round pick.

    • Danny. Minny and Ana can’t be compared because of the secrecy of the deals. Ana overpaid because they didn’t know minny dealings.

      • I don’t know that I consider Anaheim an over payment, just depends on what they were trying to accomplish. Spending Theodore if they plan to keep their D intact is reasonable. Spending Theodore to turn around and trade Vatanen later this summer seems like a waste. I am more surprised, as I thought Anaheim was high on Theodore and ready to move on from Vatanen. So it’s not criticism of their decision, just pointing out I expected them to do something different and was not correct in what I thought they would do.

        The comparison between Minnesota and Anaheim is only for price comparison. I think Anaheim’s trade is fair, just surprised they made it. I think Minnesota got off really cheap, and it doesn’t make sense to me why they did. Minnesota reportedly had no deal before the list was locked in, therefore Vegas has all the leverage. Why not extract max value? Maybe Minnesota wouldn’t have traded more, if that is the case, I take Dumba over the package they received.

        It’s also possible I am undervaluing what Minnesota did pay. Like most fans I can’t watch every game, and don’t see 90% of teams prospects play anywhere but the WJC, so my only evaluation is what the numbers looks like and comparing them to players we know a little more about. My point is that the perception is that Minnesota never paid near the price that other teams did, but had arguably the most valuable asset available of any team that didn’t have a pre-arranged protection deal.

  2. Danny in regards to Winnipeg, it’s believed that there was a deal made between the jets and Enstrom for waiving his ntc that they ensured him he wasn’t going anywhere. The jets didn’t think LV would take Toby, some how LV convinced the jets they were indeed selecting Enstrom, hence a deal struck. The Jets didn’t mind losing one of the unprotected like Dano but wasn’t what LV wanted.

  3. Can someone explain to me the Deryk Engelland selection? Is it simply because he’s from Las Vegas. I don’t get this selection at all. I was waiting for the additional trade but nothing. Calgary must’ve been the happiest team last night and Montreal second.

    • Why was Montreal happy?

      • Maybe he thinks it gives all those D prospects in their system a chance to fill in the blanks on D after Weber and old-age pensioner Markov!

      • I think Initially Montreal fans wanted Emelin gone, but with the Loss of 3 D that would likely have played, they need to do a lot of work.

        Jordie Benn was their 3rd protector on D, and they don’t have an exempt guy holding down a spot. Not signing Markov went from something they could consider to now praying he comes back.

    • i commented on this in the rumor section. In short, my theory is that Engelland will be used to sway UFAs into signing in Vegas

      Emotional night yesterday with Anderson’s award and Bickell’s recognition – Handled with a lot of class by the NHL.

  4. Just to note, this week, Jewish people the world over are reading that portion of the Old Testament in which various rebels are questioning the leadership of Moses. The rebels say to Moses: “You took us out of a land of milk and honey to have us die in the desert”. Does anyone suppose that some of the newly selected Golden Knights are saying the same today?