NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 6, 2017
Latest on Steven Stamkos, Zdeno Chara, Shea Weber, Jack Eichel & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is encouraged after spending the summer rehabbing his surgically repaired right knee and expects to be ready for training camp without restrictions. He underwent season-ending surgery last November to repair a torn lateral meniscus.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A healthy Stamkos could be crucial for the Lightning’s hopes of returning to Stanley Cup contention this season.
CSNNE.COM: Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara hopes to stick with his current club beyond this season. The 40-year-old Chara is in the final year of his contract and is eligible next July for unrestricted free agency.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While the former Norris Trophy winner isn’t the dominant blueliner he once was, he’s still an effective player and leader. A good performance this season could see the Bruins attempt to re-sign Chara to a one-year, bonus-laden contract.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber is faster than a speeding horse and there’s video evidence (courtesy of a McDonald’s commercial) to prove it.
WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel isn’t concerned that he hasn’t signed a contract extension yet. He said he has no problem playing out the year without one and is adamant that he wants to remain with the Sabres. Eichel is in the final season of his entry-level contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This could work to Eichel’s advantage. The Sabres are reportedly uncomfortable with paying him $10 million annually on a long-term deal. A strong performance by Eichel this season could give them little choice.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Speaking of the Sabres, they’ve signed former Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cody Goloubef to a professional tryout offer.
NBC SPORTS: Free agent winger Jaromir Jagr is considering playing for the Czech Republic’s Men’s Olympic hockey team if he fails to land an NHL contract for the upcoming season.
NEW YORK POST: The Rangers have hired former Blueshirts Brian Leetch and Brad Richards as hockey operations advisers.
CALGARY SUN: Despite a TSN report claiming there’s a “sizable gap” in contract talks between the Flames and restricted free agent center Sam Bennett, Calgary general manager Brad Treliving remains hopeful of getting Bennett re-signed before training camp opens next week. The Flames also re-signed defenseman Tyler Witherspoon yesterday to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650K at the NHL level.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames have over $7 million in salary-cap space to re-sign Bennett, who’s coming off his entry-level deal. There’s plenty of room to re-sign Bennett, but it seems like the Flames want to do so on an affordable short-term deal.
MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings signed defenseman Robbie Russo to a two-year, two-way deal worth $650K at the NHL level.
CSN MIDATLANTIC: The Washington Capitals signed former Calgary Flames blueliner Jyrki Jokipakka to a professional tryout offer.
NBC SPORTS: After 32 years as a goaltending coach, Francois Allaire announced his retirement. His pupils included Patrick Roy, J-S Giguere and Semyon Varlamov.