NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 1, 2018
Update on Patrick Eaves, Rangers re-sign Ryan Spooner, Bruins to retire Rick Middleton’s number and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
SPORTSNET: Anaheim Ducks winger Patrick Eaves is looking forward to returning to action in 2018-19 after missing all but two games last season to a post-viral syndrome and a nagging shoulder problem.
NEW YORK POST: The Rangers avoided salary arbitration with forward Ryan Spooner as the two sides agreed to a two-year, $8-million contract. The annual average value is $4 million.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks defenseman Gustav Forsling underwent surgery on his right wrist yesterday and will be sidelined for at least 14 weeks. He’ll miss training camp and could return to the lineup by early-November.
TVA SPORTS’ Renaud Lavoie reports the Winnipeg Jets re-signed center Nicolas (Nic) Petain to a one-year, two-way deal worth over $874K at the NHL level.
BOSTON HERALD: The Bruins will retire Rick Middleton’s No. 16 at a pregame ceremony on Nov. 29.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Middleton spent 12 of his 14 NHL seasons with the Bruins from 1976-77 to 1987-88. Nicknamed “Nifty” for his dazzling offensive skills, he tallied 40-plus goals five times and 80-or-more points six times. In 1,005 NHL contests, he scored 448 goals and 540 assists for 988 points, along with 100 points in 114 playoff games.
TSN: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman “says the league wants a cut of gambling profits if its intellectual property, data or video from games are used.”
SEATTLE TIMES: Renovations for KeyArena will now cost an estimated $700 million. The $100 million price increase is considered necessary to ensure for upgrades needed to turn the arena “into a “top-third” revenue producer for both the NHL and NBA.”