NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 25, 2018
Latest on Noah Hanifin, Tobias Enstrom, David Desharnais and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
SPORTSNET: Calgary Flames defenseman and restricted free agent Noah Hanifin said he’s “super close” to signing a long-term deal with his new club, perhaps as long as five years. The Flames acquired Hanifin during the 2018 NHL Draft weekend in a multi-player trade with the Carolina Hurricanes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hanifin is coming off an entry-level contract. If he’s shooting for a five-year deal, my guess is he’ll get in the neighborhood of $5.25 million per season.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Former Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom is returning home to Sweden, signing a contract with Modo. Enstrom, 33, spent 11 seasons in the NHL, starting with the Atlanta Thrashers and moving with the club to Winnipeg in 2011.
NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: Capitals forward Chandler Stephenson got an extra day with the Stanley Cup and used that opportunity to take the trophy to Humboldt, Saskatchewan. The town’s junior team, the Broncos, was involved in a bus crash in April that killed 16 people, including 10 players.
“I just wanted to do what I could and help out as much as I could,” Stephenson told reporters Friday. “There’s a lot of talk about it just kind of going in the playoffs that if we were to win the Cup, that this is something that I wanted to do.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A touching gesture by Stephenson, which will hopefully help that still-grieving community heal.
CBS SPORTS: Former NHL forward David Desharnais has changed KHL teams, signing with Avangard Omsk.
THE DETROIT NEWS: The Red Wings apparently will no longer use “Hockeytown” in its center ice logo. The Wing had copyrighted “Hockeytown” in the 1990s as the club went on a 25-year playoff streak that included four Stanley Cup championships.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The “Hockeytown” era was among the most impressive in NHL history but that time has now passed. The Wings are no longer the dominant franchise they once were. Maybe if they return to those lofty heights in the future, “Hockeytown” will return.
NBC SPORTS: Arizona has become one of the fastest-growing hockey markets among states with NHL franchises in them.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s one reason why NHL commissioner Gary Bettman doesn’t want to give up on that market. If the Coyotes can finallly get their act together and ice a consistently competitive team, they could build interest in the sport even more.