NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 14, 2018
Updates on the Capitals, Golden Knights and Senators,the latest on Mike Green, the Lightning and Kings make a trade, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NBC SPORTS: Washington Capitals forwards Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov will not require surgery for injuries suffered during the playoffs. Backstrom had two fractures in his right index finger while Kuznetsov suffered a left-shoulder injury.
Andre Burakovsky revealed he broke both thumbs during the season, one of them in the opening round of the playoffs. Defenseman Brooks Orpik needed surgery to reattach the tip of his left pinkie following a slash by Vegas Golden Knights center Erik Haula in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t think anyone’s surprised that Backstrom and Kuznetsov were nursing those respective injuries. Fortunately, they weren’t serious enough to significantly hamper their play in the Stanley Cup Final.
Meanwhile, the status of head coach Barry Trotz, whose contract expires at the end of this month, remains uncertain. Trotz once again said he’d like to return, while general manager Brian MacLellan said he spoke with the coach yesterday morning and intends to meet with ownership to discuss the matter further.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights held a fan appreciation rally yesterday on Fremont Street. Despite a heat advisory, around 7,500 fans turned out to cheer the team.
THE ATHLETIC: Chris Stevenson traces how the Ottawa Senators became “a dysfunctional mess” this season, from allegations of Mike Hoffman’s fiancee harassing team captain Erik Karlsson’s wife, to ” ownership’s comments at the outdoor game, the swirl of rumours around Karlsson’s future with the team, the waffling on LeBreton, Daniel Alfredsson’s plea for new ownership, to the impending court date for assistant GM Randy Lee in Buffalo”.
OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan also weighs in on the Senators woes, suggesting things began to fall apart during an unusually lengthy stretch of road games last November. He believes the recent bad news will adversely affect efforts to trade Hoffman (or at least to get a reasonable return for him) and re-sign Karlsson.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given Hoffman’s $5.1-million annual cap hit and now the additional baggage of his fiancee facing harassment allegations, the Senators could find his value is plummeting in the trade market. As for Karlsson, I think he’s a goner now. I know management has stated they intend to offer him a contract extension, but with all that’s transpired since last fall, who could blame him if he rejects it? For that matter, who could fault him if he requests a trade?
MLIVE.COM: Pending free agent defenseman Mike Green has received contract offers of one and two-years from the Detroit Red Wings, who aren’t comfortable with giving him another three-year deal. Green could get lengthier offers on the open market but he likes playing in Detroit.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning traded goaltender Peter Budaj to the Los Angeles Kings yesterday in exchange for forward Andy Andreoff.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Former Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has filed a petition asking the Los Angeles Superior Court to dismiss his conviction on a misdemeanor charge of corporal injury to a spouse. He spent nearly two months in jail and received three years of probation. It’s believed this move could be the first step toward his possible return to the NHL.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens won’t be renewing the contracts for three of their amateur scouts.
SPORTSNET: Former NHL player Nick Boynton recently shared the emotional and physical toll of his 11-year playing career and its effects upon his life since leaving hockey.