NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 12, 2017

by | Sep 12, 2017 | News, NHL | 15 comments

Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson might not return to action until November.

Updates on Erik Karlsson, the Sedins, Jack Eichel, Alex Galchenyuk & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

 OTTAWA SUN: Senators captain Erik Karlsson could be out of the lineup until November. The blueliner is recovering from offseason surgery to repair tendons in his left foot and is adamant he won’t return until he’s at least close to full health.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Karlsson’s absence will be keenly felt on the Senators blueline and will also affect their offense. How they adjust could also affect their start and their hopes of rebuilding upon last season’s improvement. 

Speaking of the Senators, goaltender Craig Anderson and general manager Pierre Dorion aren’t rushing into contract talks but neither side is concerned. Anderson, 36, is eligible for unrestricted free agency next July. Anderson said he’d like finish his career in Ottawa.

The Senators also signed forward Chris VandeVelde to a professional tryout offer.

SPORTSNET:Toronto Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak is focused upon the upcoming season, saying he’s had no contact extension talks. Like Anderson, he’s eligible for UFA status next July.

TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons believes it’s not a question of if the Leafs win the Stanley Cup, but when. Buoyed by rising stars Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander, Simmons suggest the Leafs could become Cup contenders as early as 2018-19.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Simmons excitement is understandable. The Leafs’ impressive improvement last season, led by Matthews, Marner and Nylander, is giving their long-suffering fans hope for the future. Time will tell, however, if they’ll fulfill that promise. 

THE PLAYERS’ TRIBUNE: The Sedin Twins insist they have no desire to leave the Vancouver Canucks to pursue a Stanley Cup championship elsewhere. They both consider Vancouver their home and intend to retire as Canucks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like the Sedins want to nip in the bud any suggestion they should accept a trade in the final season of their contract. That might not sit well with some Canucks fans who could call upon the twins to allow the club to move them for a return that hastens their rebuilding process. However, the twins should be commended for their loyalty to the only NHL franchise they’ve ever played for. 

WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres GM Jason Botterill remains hopeful of re-signing center Jack Eichel to a contract extension in the near future. “We’re trying to get a deal done now. I think both parties are very optimistic a deal can be put in place…Jack won’t let this be a distraction.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Eichel’s entering the final season of his entry-level contract. His new deal could cost up to $10 million per season on a long-term deal. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE:  The Canadiens intend to start Alex Galchenyuk on the wing when the seasons opens. GM Marc Bergevin said the club will try recently-acquired Jonathan Drouin as a center.

NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils re-signed defenseman Damon Severson to a six-year, $25 million contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Severson’s new deal is worth just over $4.1 million per season. In actual salary, he’ll earn $2.5 million this season, $3 million next season, $4.68 million in both 2019-20 and 2020-21 and just over $5 million in 2021-22 and 2022-23.The 23-year-old is the Devils best puck-moving blueliner. Given their limited blueline depth, they had little choice but to ink Severson to a significant raise. 

THE ATHLETIC: The agent for Columbus Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson said his client won’t attend training camp without a contract. The 23-year-old had 17 goals last season, his first full campaign in the NHL. There’s talk Anderson could skate with a team in Switzerland while awaiting a new deal with the Jackets.

THE ATHLETIC’s Michael Russo reports restricted free agent forward Marcus Foligno is very close to re-signing with the Minnesota Wild. 

NHL.COM: The St. Louis Blues signed defenseman Petteri Lindbohm to a one-year, two-way contract.

NBC SPORTS: The Chicago Blackhawks have invited forwards John Mitchell and Drew Miller and defenseman Mark Stuart on professional tryout contracts. 

AZCENTRAL: Former Arizona Coyotes star Shane Doan was named Grand Marshal of the Fiesta Bowl Parade, slated for Dec. 30 in Central Phoenix. 



  1. Leafs fans probably felt a cold chill this morning, like someone walking over their grave, since Simmons making a prediction = the proverbial kiss of death.

    Some of his other astute “Gems”

    Pittsburgh has already won three Cups. History will tell you there may not be a lot more for the Penguins.

    Ottawa has Erik Karlsson, but what else?

    Henrik Lundqvist is nearing the end in New York and their top three skaters are nowhere near the level of Matthews, Marner and Nylander.

    Montreal has Carey Price and an aging Shea Weber on defence and not a single proven centre up front.

    Washington, which finished 23 points ahead of the Leafs and 73 goals ahead in goal differential, doesn’t seem built for playoff runs and needed overtime to take the Leafs rookies out last April.

    • The Ottawa comment made about as much sense as the rest of the column, George, which would be zero. The guy has somehow kept his job over the years – he might want to consider another career path – how about retirement?

  2. If Eichel gets anywhere near 10 per …yikes…. just yikes!

    • The market is kind of set between 9 (a little more than Leon) and 11 ( less than McDavid). There’s no reason for him to sign for less than 10 right now. Since talks have dragged on a bit, you’d have to think he’s asking around 11.

      • Eichel is nowhere near Mcdavid, however I feel Mcdavid was overpaid as well.
        When Mcdavid signed that deal, I said here it would open the door for big paydays for guys like Mathews, Eichel etc. but Eichel has about as many career points as Mcdavid! 10 per for 8 years is not good!

      • You’re right, the landscape has changed. It’s long over due in my book. Eichel is going to get more than Leon. That doesn’t bother me at all. I’d be happy with 8×10 right now. I think Pasternak’s deal is tougher.

  3. $10 million for Eichel? Team know the cap isn’t going to double in a 5 year period ever again right?

    • Not unless the North American economy takes off in an unprecedented upwards surge – and NO SIGNS point to that. Quite the opposite in fact.

  4. Eichel shouldn’t deserve even what Draisaitl is getting, he hasn’t done anything that warrants a high contract. Until his name gets brought up, people forget about him, and someone that garners $8-$9M should have a stronger identity league-wide than what he currently holds. I get that he is talented and is the face of the Sabres, but he needs to prove a lot more than what we’ve seen thus far. Give him a bridge contract at $5M per first, then determine what he’s worth with more time!

    • Now pretend you’re Eichel’s agent. Your client’s PPG is higher in his first 2 seasons than Draisaitl’s over 3, and he’s never played on McDavid’s wing. The team wants to lock you up for 8 years. How do you respond?

      -No thanks, we haven’t proven enough yet, we’ll take a 5m bridge?

      -We’ll do 8, but it’s going to cost you 11m…and then settle for a little less

      I get that everyone is panicked over the ramifications to their team, but everyone knows where this is going. I prefer bridge deals most of the time, but this is not one of them.

      • How are teams that haven’t won jack sh!t going to become competitive when they have to pay every RFA who comes close to a PPG pace with $10 million/year?

      • I agree Brock, and the media doesn’t help in beefing up the stakes in what players should or might get. Before McJesus got his new contract, they were all saying he could get the max dollars. Which we all can understand, because he is arguably the best player in the league right now. Then they all said that Draisaitl could fetch $10M. This is all understandable based on reasonings, but at the same time it misuses itself into creating conflict for other teams like Buffalo and Toronto for Eichel, Matthews, Nylander and Marner. They’re all either elite or extremely talented players, now both teams will hurt a little in trying to create what their star players should deserve without handcuffing their team cap limit. Like Toronto for example, once Nylander, Matthews and Marner are signed, that’s gonna be between $25 to $27 on three players. Gustimating that Matthews will get $11M, Marner $8M, Nylander $7.5M.

      • You should just bridge Matthews at 5m 😉

  5. Simmons is a goof IMO.
    One very good season yes.
    Lets see how this season pans out at least & where is the D help gonna come from?

    Sucking up to fans is silly lol

    • Maybe he’s under orders from his Sun bosses – anything to perk up sales because I really think newspapers – especially the tabloids, 80% of each page ads – are on the way out as are many of their “featured” columnists.