NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 30, 2017
Game recaps, updates on possible sale of the Hurricanes, Drew Doughty charts his next contract & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Carey Price made 27 saves backstopping the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators. It was the Habs’ third straight win since Price’s return from a lower-body injury. The Senators’ losing skid, meanwhile, has reached seven games.
John Gibson kicked out 37 shots and Antoine Vermette scored twice as the Anaheim Ducks upset the St. Louis Blues 3-2 to snap their four-game losing streak. Kyle Brodziak scored both of the Blues’ goals as their third-period rally fell short. The Ducks were playing without blueliner Brandon Montour (elbow), who hopes to return to action on Friday.
The Boston Bruins scored three goals and hung on for a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Goalie Tuukka Rask made 19 saves to end his four-game losing skid and teammate Brad Marchand collected two assists for the Bruins, who won for the fifth time in their last six games.
Nathan MacKinnon’s overtime power-play goal gave the Colorado Avalanche overcame 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to down the Winnipeg Jets 3-2.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Carolina Hurricanes president Don Waddell said talks to potentially sell the club to Texas-based sports attorney Chuck Greenberg have slowed. However, three other potential buyers have emerged, including Dallas businessman Tom Dundon. Greenberg said he remains interested in purchasing the club but he has yet to raise sufficient funds. A letter of intent with the Greenberg group was non-binding and has expired, said Waddell. Funding shouldn’t be an issue for billionaire Dundon.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s an assumption that a new owner of the Hurricanes will move the team. However, it’s believed any sale of the club depends upon the incoming ownership keeping the franchise in its current location. The club also has an arena lease agreement running through 2024-25.
THE ATHLETIC: Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty suggested he might discuss contract negotiation tactics with Ottawa Senators blueliner Erik Karlsson. Both players are eligible in 2019 for unrestricted free agency. They can begin contract talks with their respective teams on July 1. “I’ll kind of look at what money I’m looking for. I don’t know if he’s going to re-sign with Ottawa. I don’t know if I’ll re-sign with L.A. You just never know what’s going to happen,” said Doughty, who also believes he and Karlsson deserve “quite a bit more” than that of Nashville’s P.K. Subban, who carries an annual cap hit of $9 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Doughty and Karlsson are part of a “super class” of blueline UFAs in 2019 that includes Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Ryan McDonagh and Ryan Ellis. Doughty and Karlsson are former Norris Trophy winners and will easily command over $10 million annually. Ekman-Larsson could come in between $9-$10 million per season.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights re-signed defenseman Brayden McNabb to a four-year, $10 million contract extension. He was slated for UFA status next July. The annual cap hit is $2.5 million. “We’re excited about his growth,” said Vegas general manager George McPhee. “He will be a core member of this hockey club going forward.”
TSN: Minnesota Wild defenseman Kyle Quincey, Chicago Blackhawks forward Jordin Tootoo and St. Louis Blues rearguard Nate Prosser were placed on waivers yesterday.
THE ATHLETIC: A vote by the Seattle city council on a potential $600 million renovation of KeyArena on Dec. 4 could be a significant step toward bringing an NHL franchise to the city. If approved, the building’s size would double and seat over 17,000 fans for hockey.