Where Are They Now? 2004 Tampa Bay Lightning
Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2017 unveiled, Golden Knights trade Methot to Stars, the latest notable contract signings & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Former NHL stars Teemu Selanne, Paul Kariya, Mark Recchi and Dave Andreychuk headline the 2017 inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Joining them are retired women’s hockey player Danielle Goyette, University of Alberta coach Clare Drake and Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs. The induction ceremony takes place in Toronto on November 13, 2017.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2017.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Dallas Stars last night acquired defenseman Marc Methot from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for goaltender Dylan Ferguson and a second-round pick in 2020. Methot was selected by the Golden Knights from the Ottawa Senators during last Wednesday’s NHL expansion draft. The Stars also placed goaltender Antti Niemi on waivers for buyout purposes and re-signed defenseman Esa Lindell to a two-year, $4.4 million contract extension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Good move by the Stars to bolster their blue line depth. Methot is an experienced stay-at-home defenseman with leadership skills. He should prove an invaluable addition to the Stars youthful blueline corps. No surprise Niemi was bought out. The writing was on the wall for him when the Stars acquired and signed Ben Bishop last month.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers re-signed forward Zack Kassian to a three-year deal worth $1.95 million annually.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning re-signed defenseman Andrej Sustr to a one-year, $1.95 million deal.
CSN MID-ATLANTIC: The Washington Capitals re-signed forward Brett Connolly to a two-year deal worth $1.5 million per season.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes re-signed forward Derek Ryan to a one-year, $1.425 million contract.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators re-signed winger Tom Pyatt to a two-year, $2.2 million deal.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks re-signed backup goaltender Anton Forsberg to a two-year deal worth $750K per season and forward Tomas Jurco to a one-year, $800K contract.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres re-signed defenseman Taylor Fedun to a two-year deal worth $650K annually.
TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild re-signed defenseman Gustav Olofsson to a two-year, $1.45 million deal.
NHL.COM: The deadline for NHL teams to extend qualifying offers to their players was 5 pm ET on Monday. Among the notables who didn’t receive offers were St. Louis Blues winger and 2012 first-overall draft pick Nail Yakupov, Calgary Flames winger Alex Chiasson, Colorado Avalanche forward Mikhail Grigorenko, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Nikita Nesterov and New Jersey Devils winger Beau Bennett,