NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 21, 2018
2018 award winners, all-star and all-rookie teams revealed, Darryl Sutter retires from coaching and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall won the Hart Trophy as MVP at the 2018 NHL Awards held in Las Vegas. Other award winners include:
Ted Lindsay Award: Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
Norris Trophy: Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning
King Clancy Trophy: Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
Calder Trophy: Mathew Barzal, New York Islanders
Lady Byng Trophy: William Karlsson, Vegas Golden Knights
Masterton Award: Brian Boyle, New Jersey Devils
Selke Trophy: Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
Jack Adams Award: Gerard Gallant, Vegas Golden Knights
Messier Leadership Award: Deryk Engelland, Vegas Golden Knights
Vezina Trophy: Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators
General Manager of the Year: George McPhee, Vegas Golden Knights
Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award: Darcy Haugan, Humboldt Broncos coach
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My congratulations to all the winners. You can see my selections here. No real surprises. I predicted Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon for the Hart but Hall is certainly a worthy choice.
Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman and Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne were named to the 2017-18 First All-Star Team.
Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, Winnipeg Jets right wing Blake Wheeler, Philadelphia Flyers left wing Claude Giroux, Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones, Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban and Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck were names to the Second All-Star Team.
New York Islanders forward Mathew Barzal, Vancouver Canucks forward Brock Boeser, Arizona Coyotes forward Clayton Keller, Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy, New Jersey Devils defenseman Will Butcher and Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros were named to the NHL 2017-18 All-Rookie Team.
The league also revealed its 2018-19 schedule will open on October 3. 2018. The complete schedule will be released later today.
The salary cap for 2018-19 is expected to be between $79.5 million to $80 million. The exact number is expected to be revealed later today or Friday pending a final agreement with the NHL Players Association. The cap ceiling for this season was $75 million.
SPORTSNET: Darryl Sutter announced he’s retiring as an NHL coach. Sutter, who began his NHL career as a player (eight seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks), spent 21 seasons as either an assistant or head coach with the Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames and Los Angeles Kings. He achieved his greatest success with the Kings, coaching them to Stanley Cup championships in 2012 and 2014.
THE ATHLETIC: It’s believed former Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz met with New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello on Monday. No confirmation was given by Lamoriello or Trotz, who’s been rumored as a leading candidate to take over the vacant coaching position with the Isles.
THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators forward Auston Watson was arrested on Saturday and charged with domestic assault.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs yesterday re-signed defenseman Connor Carrick to a one-year, $1.3-million contract and goaltender Calvin Pickard to a one-year, $800K deal.