NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 22, 2017
Latest on Henrik Zetterberg, Roberto Luongo, Tyler Seguin, Francois Beauchemin & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg recently told a Swedish radio station he might only play two more seasons, though his contract runs through 2020-21.
Zetterberg admitted the only reason his contract ran 12 years was for a more favorable salary-cap hit. If he retires in two years time, the Wings will be slapped with a $5.5 million salary-cap recapture penalty for each of the final two seasons of his deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s wishful thinking to assume Zetterberg, who’ll soon turn 37, will play until 2020-21. This was a risk Wings management understood when this current CBA was signed. They could face a couple of years with a sizable chunk of dead cap space when he retires.
MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo has successfully rehabbed from his season-ending injuries and has been back on the ice in recent weeks getting ready for the upcoming season. The 38-year-old acknowledged he’ll have to accept a lighter workload, which means more games for James Reimer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s why the Panthers inked Reimer to a five-year contract last summer. At this stage in his career, Luongo cannot handle a heavy workload anymore.
TORONTO SUN: Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin expects a better performance from his club this season after management revamped the roster in the offseason. Among the club’s notable additions are goaltender Ben Bishop, defenseman Marc Methot and forwards Alexander Radulov and Martin Hanzal.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Defenseman Francois Beauchemin returns to the Anaheim Ducks for the third time, inking a one-year, bonus-laden contract. He’ll earned a base salary of $1 million with an additional $500K in bonuses.
TSN: KHL veteran defenseman Nikolai Belov will attend Florida Panthers training camp on a tryout basis.
TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins signed center Jean-Sebastien Dea to a one-year, two-way contract. worth $650K at the NHL level.