NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 10, 2018
The Capitals’ Cup celebration continues plus the latest on Auston Matthews, Antoine Vermette and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: has a collection of the very best of the Capitals celebrating with the Stanley Cup. Among the highlights: partying with DJ Tiesto at a Las Vegas nightclub, Alex Ovechkin twice throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before Saturday’s Washington Nationals’ game, and swimming in a fountain at Georgetown Waterfront.
NEW YORK POST: Attempting to be the skunk at the garden party, Larry Brooks believes winning the Stanley Cup doesn’t erase Alex Ovechkin’s ledger of losing.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yeah, just like all anyone remembers from the careers of Steve Yzerman, Ray Bourque, Teemu Selanne, Dominik Hasek and Lanny McDonald are the blemishes of losing before they finally won the Cup.
TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons reports the Toronto Maple Leafs are confused over center Auston Matthews changing agents. “What the Leafs want to know: What does this say about Matthews’ loyalty? What does this say about his relationship with Babcock, who tends not to talk to agents? What does this say about his apparent future captain-ship of the Leafs? And what does this say about the disappointing way in which Matthews season ended and the maximum money he is looking for after a playoff disappearance and 20 games lost to injury?”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Or maybe this is much ado about nothing and Matthews simply felt he needed a change in representation? As Simmons also noted, Matthews was following agent Judd Moldaver, who also changes agencies.
Regardless of who his agent is, the Leafs star is going to get big money on his next contract. Buffalo Sabres star Jack Eichel, who was drafted second overall in the 2015 NHL Draft a year before Matthews, got an eight year, $80 million contract. Matthews will likely to get a comparable deal, perhaps slightly more expensive but for the same number of years.
TVA SPORTS: Anaheim Ducks center Antoine Vermette isn’t ready to end his 14-year NHL career, but he suggests his family will take precedence over hockey. Vermette, who turns 36 next month, is due to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Vermette can’t land with another NHL team, it sounds like he’s not keen to continue his career overseas.
BOSTON HERALD: Former Bruins forward John McKenzie, 80, died last night following a long illness. He spent 21 seasons in the NHL and WHA, winning two Stanley Cups in seven seasons with the Bruins in 1970 and 1972. In 691 NHL game, McKenzie scored 206 goals, 268 assists and 474 points, along with 917 PIMs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to McKenzie’s family, friends and former teammates.