NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 1, 2017

by | Oct 1, 2017 | News, NHL | 1 comment

Updates on Kyle Turris, Marian Hossa, Scottie Upshall and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports contract discussions between Senators general manager Pierre Dorion and center Kyle Turris are described as “healthy”. That’s giving rise to the possibility the two sides could work out an agreement before their season opener on Thursday.

If not, however, it won’t be cause for concern. Turris is slated to become an unrestricted free agent next July but the Sens could get him re-signed before then. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Garrioch also said it’s rumored the Turris camp seeks a seven- or eight-year deal in the range of $6 million annually. I can see him getting that much. If the Sens won’t pay it, another club certainly will via free agency on July 1. I think he’ll be staying in Ottawa.

THE ATHLETIC: The Chicago Blackhawks are still awaiting approval from the league to place sidelined winger Marian Hossa on long-term injury reserve on the second day of the season. Hossa will sit out the entire 2017-18 campaign because of a persistent skin condition related to his hockey equipment. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The decision will come before the Blackhawks submit their cap compliant roster by the 3 pm ET deadline on Tuesday. I believe they’ll get approval to do so, probably on Monday. 

STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues brought back forward Scottie Upshall on a professional tryout offer. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the Blues recent rash of injuries I expect Upshall will soon ink a one-year deal with them.

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins released veteran center Jay McClement from his professional tryout offer. 

THE ATHLETIC: Daniel Winnik’s tryout with the Minnesota Wild is over. He’s free to sign with the Wild or another NHL team. 

Buffalo Sabres left wing Nicolas Deslauriers and Montreal Canadiens center Peter Holland are the two notable players placed on waivers yesterday. 


1 Comment

  1. The NHL says they were going to get independent medical reviews on Lupul & Hossa almost 2 weeks ago. Are the planning this on the Dennis Wiseman timelines? Mediate or arbitrate after the season is over.

    Who long can it take to get 2 players into see a doctoir that bothe the NHL & NHLPA agree to when your paying the bill, 1/2 a day, possibly a ferw for travel.

    I assume the NHL will rubber stamp both these issues & turn a blind eye to what is essentially cap circumvention for some reason. What I’d like to know is where the insurance companies that under wrote these disability contracts are on the issue. Have they agreed to pay as Insurance companies usually decline & force you to prove your unfit to work.

    In the real world most people can’t afford to not be getting paid, find jobs even if not fully fit to work to support their families & are lucky to see a dime of disability pay as a result.