NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 18, 2018
Latest on Sebastian Aho, Ryan Spooner, the Canucks’ hockey operations department and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes and Sebastian Aho has open contract extension talks. The 21-year-old forward is in the final season of his three-year entry-level contract. While he didn’t reveal details, Aho said he’s hopeful of signing a long-term deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Following a solid 24-goal, 49-point NHL debut in 2016-17, Aho led the Hurricanes last season with 29 goals and 65 points. Should he reach or exceed those numbers in 2018-19, he could earn something akin to the five-year, $6.1-million deal recently signed by Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin.
OTTAWA SUN: New York Rangers forward and Ottawa-area native Ryan Spooner recently participated in a ride-along with local police. He expressed interest in joining the police force when his playing career is over. Spooner earned praise and support from the Ottawa police and the NHLPA.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Stick tap to “George” for the link. Thumbs up to Spooner for supporting law enforcement in his hometown.
THE HOCKEY NEWS: Jared Clinton lists Detroit’s Jonathan Bernier, Carolina’s Petr Mrazek, New Jersey’s Keith Kinkaid, Nashville’s Jusse Saros and Colorado’s Philipp Grubauer as five backups who could play their way into starting jobs with their respective teams.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Mrazek is the understudy for Scott Darling, who stumbled badly during his first season as an NHL starter. The others are backing up aging or injury-prone veterans. At least one of them should end up taking over a starter’s job this season.
VANCOUVER SUN: Following the recent departure of Trevor Linden as Canucks president of hockey operations, general manager Jim Benning said not to expect any further changes in the hockey ops department.
TORONTO SUN: John Bartlett has replaced Paul Romanuk as the Maple Leafs’ new TV play-by-play man on Sportsnet.
ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes will have a new a high-definition videoboard installed at Gila River Arena.