NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 29, 2019

by | Aug 29, 2019 | News, NHL | 19 comments

Cam Ward retires with the Hurricanes, the Islanders re-sign Anthony Beauvillier, plus the latest on Zach Werenski, Andrei Markov, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Cam Ward yesterday signed a one-day contract with the Carolina Hurricanes and officially announced his retirement.

The 35-year-old goaltender spent all but one of his 14 NHL seasons with the Hurricanes, backstopping them to the Stanley Cup in 2006 and earning the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.  “He holds franchise records for career regular-season games (668), wins (318) winning percentage (.557), shutouts (27) and saves (17,261).”

Goaltender Cam Ward retires after 14 NHL seasons (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ward was the Hurricanes’ franchise goalie for most of his tenure in Carolina. From 2006-07 to 2011-12 he won 30-or-more games five times.

Unfortunately, he spent the bulk of his time playing on some bad Hurricanes clubs. Mounting injuries also affected his performance as his career went on. Had he been healthier and played on better teams throughout his career, perhaps he would’ve received more serious consideration as a Vezina Trophy candidate

SPORTSNET: The New York Islanders signed forward Anthony Beauvillier to a two-year contract. Financial terms weren’t disclosed but Cap Friendly reports the contract is worth $4.2 million with an annual average value of $2.1 million. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Beauvillier is coming off an entry-level contract. After netting 21 goals and 36 points in 71 games in 2017-18, his production slid last season to 18 goals and 28 points in 82 contests last season. The versatile forward also saw a drop in his penalty-killing time. That decline likely accounts for the modest raise. 

NBC SPORTS: San Jose Sharks winger Evander Kane called out racism in hockey after a fan told him to “stick to basketball” in a recent Instagram comment. Kane claims another fan shouts a similar remark during a playoff game in Colorado last spring. 

THE SCORE: Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen expressed concern over the possibility Zach Werenski’s contract negotiations could carry over into training camp. “When it goes to training camp time, it takes away from that preparation. It takes away from the team. That’s what I’m concerned about.”

TSN: Andrei Markov has hired player agent Allan Walsh as he eyes a return to the NHL. The 40-year-old defenseman played his entire NHL career with the Montreal Canadiens but spent the past two seasons in the KHL. Markov would prefer returning to the Canadiens. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen if the Habs share his interest in a reunion. I’ll have more on Markov in the Rumors section. 

WGR550.COM: A neck injury will sidelined Buffalo Sabres defenseman Matt Hunwick for the entire 2019-20 season. He will be placed on long-term injury reserve.

TORONTO SUN: Hockey analysts Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean are leaving Sportsnet.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I didn’t always agree with Kypreos and MacLean but they are well-connected and respected within the broadcasting community. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them landing with other networks in Canada or the United States. 

BARRIE TODAY: Former Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Meger passed away at age 90. Meger won a Stanley Cup with the Canadiens in 1953. His NHL career was cut short by a head injury after just five seasons. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Meger family and friends. 


  1. I appreciated the candor Kypreos brought to the conversation and I suspect he will catch on with some other sports network in short order.

  2. I didn’t mind Kypreos either. Maclean on the other hand shouldn’t be on television ever.

    Markov will get a very painful rude awakening when some young 20 year old forechecker reminds him how 40 year old joints feel when they get pounded into the end boards. I don’t see this lasting long.

    • @DarkG: Ya Doug Maclean never did impress me at all and as for Markov, I think that ship has sailed.

    • Hi Dark G

      Bang on re Markov and reality check for him and potential team.

      However ; there is outside chance that he surprises everybody at playing D in his 40’s …. Big Z will finish the season at 43; Chelios was past his mid 40’s when he retired

      My odds on gut feeling …..,Some team will take him at League min. ; and with his long “marriage” to Habs and Habs having the Cap room; they just may take him on ; he gets his 10 games in to get to 1,000 and retires as a Hab

      I would put a wild stab at likelihoods of:

      No NHL return : 60%
      Habs, 10 games , retire 25%
      *Habs full season ; retire 10%
      Other NHL club 5%

      * He’ll want NTC, if he does sign with Habs; he’ll want to retire as a Hab

      As a Pens fan, the team would dramatically improve ; and save $300 K in valuable Cap room if they instead of playing JJ 3rd pairing LD; waived (buried) JJ and signed Markov to play 3rd pairing LD

      Again, grasping a straws here ☹️

      • Thanks for that George

        I had totally forgotten the Mark/Radul ov “room for only one; first come first served” stance by Bergeron that lead to both exiting

        My percentages now will go down for singing probability (Markov) with Habs


  3. Congrats Cam, all the best in retirement

    Beaut came in a little bit(not much but a little bit) lower than I’d expected

    Am I reading too much into this or is Karko publicly calling out werenski and his agent:

    “. It takes away from the team. ”

    Is that a statement of fact and just generalizing or is he needling then?

    I never ever wish injury on anybody but the Hunwick situation is a boon to Sabres

    With Hunwick on LTIR Sabres are still sitting with 8D and only 13 F….. will that stay that way or will they go to what most teams do …. 7 D ; 14 F?

    • “Beaut” was supposed to be “Beauv”

      Friggin auto-correct

      • Yeah – I had him at around $2.7 – but it’s only for 2 years so it’s “show-me” time for him and Lamoriello.

      • Yes

        and I DO believe that he will show them

        He will turn this around 👍

      • Pengy, CapFriendly currently shows Buffalo with 24 players at the major league level, including Hunwick, so they have yet to adjust their list following the announcement that he’s on the shelf for the entire season (kinda convenient since he’s a UFA next year and that gets therm out from being $1,059,524 over the cap).

        With him going on LTIR, that brings them to 23 and, according to the NHL injury report, Bogosian isn’t expected back until late October – “at the earliest” – following hip surgery, which means they start the season with 7 D – Ristolainen, Scandella, Miller, Montour, McCabe, Dahlin and Nelson. With the two goalies and 13 F now shown on CapFriendly, they still have room for 1 – likely a F – from their AHL team. It won’t be top prospect Cozens who will be out 2 to 3 months following thumb surgery.

        Buffalo – no RFAs – currently – D Zach Bogosian – hip surgery – late October at earliest – $5,142,857 & D Matt Hunwick – $2,250,000 – entire season with neck injury;

      • Thanks George re Buff numbers breakout

        They’ll be fine

    • Agreed Pengy with not wishing injury on a players. Hunwick might be a ‘double’ boon to Buffalo. 2.3 million in LTIR space for the year could really help a team like the Leafs sign Marner….

      • With Buffalo themselves $1,059,524 over the cap, putting Hunwick – who’s a UFA next year – on LTIR couldn’t have come a better time. Is that neck injury related to Hossa’s rash?

      • Hi George

        Again not wishing anybody injury ; but if JJ can just borrow Hossa’s gloves for one practice ….. 👍😁

  4. Paul Meger dead at 90. Now THAT’S when you know you’re getting old. I remember seeing Meger with the Habs when we got our first TV in 1951and the little guy (just 5′ 6″ 150 lbs) potted 24 goals in that 1951-52 season when a 20-goal scorer raised eyebrows. But his hustling style and the hits he took in that vastly different era quickly took its toll. R.I.P. Mr. Meger

  5. Lyle, I don’t want to raise the issue of Puljujarvi yet again, but Cory asked a question at the tail-end of yesterday’s thread which got buried in late-day comments – if he does play in the Finnish league, would he then be subject to waivers if and when he tries to return to the NHL – a la O’Reilley?

    Is that kind of info available anywhere?

    • O’Reilly’ situation was different. He signed an offer sheet with another team (Flames) while playing in the KHL. Had the Avs not matched, he would’ve had to clear waivers before joining the Calgary Flames. That’s not the situation here. And that’s another reason why you won’t see an NHL team sign Puljujarvi to an offer sheet while he’s playing in Finland.

      • Many thanks for the clarification Lyle