NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 6, 2019
Analysis of Kevin Shattenkirk signing with the Lightning, NHL preseason schedule released, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
SPORTSNET: The Tampa Bay Lightning yesterday signed Kevin Shattenkirk to a one-year, $1.75-million contract. The 30-year-old defenseman was bought out last Thursday by the New York Rangers, making him an unrestricted free agent.
NEW YORK POST: Shattenkirk said he was “pretty pissed off about it” after the Rangers bought him out.
“I think I have a huge chip on my shoulder right now,” Shattenkirk said, per the AP. “It didn’t work out with injuries and performance and with the way the direction of the team, the way that kind of deteriorated from when I signed on July 1 to now.”
Shattenkirk is the latest in a long list of former Rangers to join the Lightning in recent years. They include J.T. Miller, Ryan McDonagh, Ryan Callahan, Anton Stralman and Dan Girardi.
THE ATHLETIC: Shattenkirk turned down a more lucrative offer (two years, between $2 – $2.5 million annually) from the Anaheim Ducks to join the Lightning.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Ducks offered the extra year and more money in hopes of tempting Shattenkirk away from the Eastern Conference. The chance to join an East Coast Stanley Cup contender was a more alluring option for the blueliner, who’s hoping to get his career back on track following two disappointing seasons with the Blueshirts. A return to form would provide the Bolts with an affordable firepower boost on the blueline.
Cap Friendly indicates the addition of Shattenkirk leaves the Lightning with over $9.3 million in salary-cap space with Brayden Point and Adam Erne to re-sign. Point is expected to come in at around $8-million annually. That would leave around $1.3-million for Erne, though they can probably free up a little more space by trading goaltender Louis Domingue or demoting a blueliner like Luke Schenn or Jan Rutta.
THE SCORE: The Minnesota Wild was granted permission to speak with Pittsburgh Penguins assistant general manager Bill Guerin. They’re seeking a new general manager after firing Paul Fenton last week. The Wild already spoke with former Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall and former Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli. They’ve also received permission to contact Montreal Canadiens assistant GM Scott Mellanby.
NHL.COM: The league released its preseason schedule yesterday. Among the notable contests are the Chicago Blackhawks facing off against Eisbaren Berlin in Berlin, Germany, on Sept. 29 and the Philadelphia Flyers meeting HC Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Sept. 30.
The town of Renous, New Brunswick will host Kraft Hockeyville with a game between Florida Panthers and Montreal Canadiens on Sept. 18 in nearby Bathurst. On Sept. 26, the town of Calumet, Michigan (winners of Kraft Hockeyville USA) will host the Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues.
The 2019-20 NHL regular-season schedule commences on Oct. 2.