NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 4, 2019

by | Jul 4, 2019 | News, NHL | 3 comments

Marc Methot considering retirement, Chris Butler and Colin Greening hang up their skates, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

YARDBARKER: cites Le Droit’s Marc Brassard reporting NHL defenseman Marc Methot is considering retirement. The 34-year-old blueliner is still rehabbing from recent surgery on his left knee. However, he’s unsure if he’ll be able to play next season. Methot is considering a future in sports media, as he has a tryout with Ottawa’s TSN 1200 as a guest host today. 

Former Dallas Stars defenseman Marc Methot mulling retirement (Photo via NHLPA).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Methot made his NHL debut in 2007-08 with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He had his best seasons with the Ottawa Senators from 2012-13 to 2016-17. Nagging knee injuries, however, limited Methot to just 45 games over the last two seasons. 

STLTODAY.COM: Defenseman Chris Butler announced his retirement after 11 NHL seasons. He spent his first six seasons with the Buffalo Sabres and Calgary Flames. The St. Louis native spent his final five seasons with the Blues organization, though he spent most of that time skating with their AHL affiliate. Butler played 13 games with the Blues this season. He was called up for the playoffs and got to join in the on-ice celebrations when they won the Stanley Cup. 

THE TELEGRAM: Veteran forward Colin Greening is retiring as a player. He played for six seasons in the NHL with the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs. He spent the last three seasons with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, helping them win the Calder Cup in 2018. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed winger Joseph Blandisi to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700K at the NHL level. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens signed UFA forward Phil Varone to a one-year, two-way deal worth $700K at the NHL level. 


  1. Happy Independence Day to all here resident South of the border.

    Always been a Methot fan. Hoping for a recovery and one more year.

    Congrats on your retirement Chris and Colin

    • I wish they’d bring Marc back as a player/coach/metor. Great skater, great dman with angles. Oh and he follows instructions.

      It’s not just the knee. Nerve damage in his hip too. I think he’s “done” physically but he’d be a great coach to this crop of young D men they have coming.

      Loved his hip checks. A couple were borderline but still an old school part of the game I miss.

      Spezza and Methot would have been PR gold for an organization that needs it. I “might” have considered getting seasons tickets or a small 10-12 game pack if one or either of these two were brought back. And the people that say they’d “be taking up spots” or ” are in such decline they’d make us worse” – we want to be bad, numbers wise. That’s not what this season is about. It’s about easing the kids in, learning how to be a good pro.

  2. Congrats to Chris Butler! He’s a hometown St. Louis boy who lived the dream! Well, his dream was to play college hockey. Little did he know he would:
    1) accomplish that dream,
    2) come back to his hometown St. Louis Blues AND
    3) hoist the Stanley Cup after game 7!

    Now THAT’S a dream come true! Check out his letter: