NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 28, 2017
Devils sign Will Butcher plus updates on Antti Raanta and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils signed former Colorado Avalanche blueline prospect Will Butcher to a two-year entry-level contract. Butcher, 22, was the 2017 winner of the Hobey Baker Award.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the Devils’ limited depth on defense, Butcher could crack the roster this season as a bottom-third rearguard.
NBC SPORTS: After years as a backup, Antti Raanta will get his opportunity as an NHL starter with the Arizona Coyotes. He’s replacing Mike Smith, who was dealt in June to the Calgary Flames. How well Raanta does could go a long way toward determining how competitive the Coyotes will be this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Raanta could become the second former New York Rangers backup to establish himself as a starter with another club, following the example of Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot.
SPORTSNET: LA Kings insider John Hoven reports defenseman Chris Lee will attend Kings training camp on a tryout basis. The 37-year-old Canadian starred in the KHL and played well for Canada at the 2017 World Championships.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Prior to playing in the KHL, Lee spent several seasons in the AHL. If he makes the Kings roster this season, it’ll be his first in the NHL.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs scout Lindsay Hofford was reportedly arrested at a Western New York theme park over the weekend after reportedly getting drunk, stealing a golf cart, colliding with another vehicle and leaving the scene.