NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 24, 2017
Check out the latest in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
ESPN.COM: Josh Cooper suggests the Nashville Predators could become the NHL’s next dynasty. They’ve signed many of their star players (notably Ryan Johansen, Filip Forsberg, Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis) to long-term, salary-cap friendly contracts, They’re also getting contributions from younger players on lower contracts (Kevin Fiala, Colton Sissions) and still have their first-round picks for the next three seasons.
Cooper also notes they still must address the loss of winger James Neal to the expansion draft and the retirement of center Mike Fisher. Goaltender Pekka Rinne, who earns $7 million annually, turns 35 in November.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Predators general manager David Poile’s done a fine job putting the Predators into a position where they must be considered serious Stanley Cup contenders. I expect he’ll make some savvy moves to address the loss of Neal and Fisher and (if necessary) to bolster his goaltending depth.
NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils have invited unrestricted free agent right wing Jimmy Hayes to training camp on a tryout basis.
TSN: Former Devils college prospect forward Alex Kerfoot is expected to sign with the Colorado Avalanche.
NEW YORK POST: Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi bought Steve Yzerman’s former home in Tampa.
SPORTSNET: A report from Russia claims Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello and head coach Mike Babcock recently traveled there to meet KHL defenseman Igor Ozhiganov. Undrafted by an NHL team, he still has a year remaining on his contract with CSKA Moscow, so the earliest he could sign with an NHL club is 2018-19.
NBC SPORTS: The New York Islanders have hired Chris Terreri as a goaltender development coach.