NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 20, 2019
The Senators re-sign Thomas Chabot, Patrik Laine tries to smooth some ruffled feathers with the Jets, plus the latest on Sidney Crosby, Dylan Larkin, Jake Allen, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators yesterday re-signed defenseman Thomas Chabot to an eight-year, $64-million contract extension. The annual average value is $8 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cap Friendly has the details of the deal, including a 10-team modified no-trade clause in the final four seasons of the contract. In a 2018-19 season filled with turmoil for the Senators, Chabot established himself as a talented young puck-moving defenseman, tallying 55 points in 70 games. His emergence as a top-pairing rearguard eased the sting of Erik Karlsson’s departure.
In locking up Chabot to a long-term deal, the Senators are committing themselves to the young talent on their roster, having recently re-signed center Colin White to six-year extension. It’s also a potential bargain for the Senators. Should the 22-year-old blueliner continue his impressive development, he’ll be worth much more than $8 million annually in a few years.
CBC.CA: Speaking of the Senators, team owner Eugene Melnyk was forced to go to court to get his company’s private jet back from an aviation company that was holding it due to an unpaid debt. Court documents revealed Flightpath Charter Airways claimed it was owed $693,524.19 for the operation, maintenance and storage of the jet.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: On the same day as the good news about Chabot’s long-term contract extension, we’re reminded of the ongoing follies of the Senators’ owner and why the club’s fans remain nervous over its future under Melnyk’s control.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets winger Patrik Laine reached out to teammate Bryan Little to apologize over remarks he made to a Finnish media outlet that seemed to disparage the veteran center. Little said the apology was unnecessary but he appreciates Laine making the gesture. The 21-year-old winger is currently embroiled in a contract impasse with the Jets and is practicing with the Swiss club SC Bern.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins captain Sidney Crosby leads all NHL players in eBay merchandise sales. He also had the top-selling NHL Shop jersey last season.
WGR 550: An injured hand will force Buffalo Sabres defenseman Brandon Montour to miss the remainder of the preseason.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Should this injury threaten to keep Montour out of the lineup for the start of the season it could put a damper on the trade rumors swirling about Rasmus Ristolainen.
THE DETROIT NEWS: A nagging foot injury has kept Red Wings center Dylan Larkin out of preseason play thus far but he’s hoping to see some action soon. Wings coach Jeff Blashill considers the injury a minor one but will give Larkin plenty of time to fully recover.
STLTODAY.COM: After receiving off-season assurances he wouldn’t be traded, Jake Allen is focusing on regaining his role as the Blues’ starting goaltender. He was supplanted midway through last season by Jordan Binnington, who backstopped the Blues to the 2019 Stanley Cup.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings’ recent signing of defenseman Ben Hutton to a one-year contract was prompted by injuries to blueliners Derek Forbort and Paul LaDue.
NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils named Jake Reynolds as their new team president.