NHL Top Candidates in 2019-20: Jack Adams Award
2019 HHOF class revealed, the Avalanche trade Soderberg to the Coyotes, Craig Berube made full-time Blues coach, Brooks Orpik retires, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
TSN: Canadian women’s star Hayley Wickenheiser, former NHL defenseman Sergei Zubov and former NHL center Guy Carbonneau are among those to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November. Joining them are former Czechoslovakian star Vaclav Nedomansky, Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford, and longtime Boston College coach Jerry York.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to all the member of the Class of 2019.
The Colorado Avalanche yesterday traded center Carl Soderberg to the Arizona Coyotes for defenseman Kevin Connauton and a 2020 third-round pick.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Coyotes add some experienced depth at center while clearing a bit of a logjam on the blueline. The Avalanche, meanwhile, freed up more salary-cap space. Cap Friendly indicates they have over $38 million in cap room.
A big chunk of that will go toward re-signing restricted free agents like Mikko Rantanen, Alexander Kerfoot, Nikita Zadorov, and J.T. Compher. However, they’ll still have plenty of room to be aggressive in this summer’s UFA market.
STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues made Craig Berube their full-time head coach, signing him to a three-year contract. He served this season on an interim basis and guided the Blues to their first-ever Stanley Cup championship.
Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. He’s expected to be ready for training camp in September.
NHLPA: Defenseman Brooks Orpik yesterday announced his retirement. He played 15 seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals, winning the Stanley Cup with both clubs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Orpik cited a knee injury for ending his career, saying he played in pain throughout last season. Best wishes to him and his family in their future endeavors.
NHL.COM: The league released its full schedule for 2019-20.
The league also released the complete list of restricted free agent players who received qualifying offers before yesterday’s 5 pm ET deadline.
TSN: The Ottawa Senators re-signed defenseman Cody Goloubef to a one-year, two-way contract.
TWINCITIES.COM: Center Matt Hendricks has retired after 607 NHL games. He played for the Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals, Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota Wild, and Winnipeg Jets. He’s joining the Wild in their department of player development.
Important note on offer sheets: NHL teams that have already traded their 2020 1st-round pick are still eligible to tender a max offer using the 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024 picks.
So — cap space issues aside — every team technically has the ability to do one on July 1.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 25, 2019
Check out the latest on the Bruins and Blues on the eve of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
BOSTON HERALD: Trade deadline acquisitions Charlie Coyle and Marcus Johansson are paying dividends for the Bruins in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Coyle is fifth among their postseason scoring leaders with eight goals and 15 points. Johansson, meanwhile, has four goals and 11 points.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Johansson is a UFA this summer. He could be just a playoff rental for the Bruins, who have over $68 million (stick tap to Cap Friendly) invested in 19 players. Defensemen Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo are restricted free agents due for significant pay raises.
Coyle is assured of returning with the Bruins as he has a year remaining on his contract. Given his postseason play, it’s unlikely they’ll move him in the offseason.
NBC SPORTS: Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy is ok after making a painful shot block in the third period of Game 3. The blueliner was visibly in pain and left the game with just two minutes remaining in the third period.
STLTODAY.COM: After being the least-penalized team through three rounds, the St. Louis Blues are awash in penalties in the Cup Final. They’re averaging 11.3 minutes per game against Boston compared to 6.8 minutes per game against their earlier playoff opponents. Blues coach Craig Berube is frustrated and befuddled by the spike in penalties against his team, adding he didn’t agree with some of the calls.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Berube noted his players are allowing frustration and emotion to creep into their play, especially when play is stopped. The Bruins are also very good at drawing penalties so the Blues must ensure they don’t rise to the bait. Not easy to do when emotions are running high. Given the Bruins lethal power play, which went four-for-four in Game 3, the Blues must play with more discipline in this series.
TSN: Blues center Robert Thomas and defenseman Vince Dunn skated with their teammates during practice yesterday. Thomas has an unspecified injury while Dunn is recovering from concussion symptoms. Their status for Game 4 remains uncertain.
Game recaps plus updates on Auston Matthews and John Gibson in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Vancouver Canucks 6-3 and now have the best record in the league this season. With 41 wins and 86 points in 61 games, they sit one point up on the Tampa Bay Lightning in the league’s overall standings. William Karlsson scored twice and Reilly Smith collected three assists for the Golden Knights.
Phil Kessel, Evgeni Malkin and Jake Guentzel each collected three points as the Pittsburgh Penguins thumped the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1, handing the latter their fourth straight defeat.
A 34-save shutout performance by goaltender Connor Hellebuyck carried the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-0 blanking of the St. Louis Blues. It was Hellebuyck’s sixth shutout of the season, breaking the single-season franchise record of five set by Ondrej Pavelec in 2014-15.
Mikael Granlund and Eric Staal each tallied twice to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 4-1 victory over the New York Rangers.
Chicago Blackhawks goaltender J.F. Berube made a career-high 42 saves to give his club a 3-1 win over the San Jose Sharks. Nick Schmaltz and Anthony Duclair each collected two points for the Hawks.
The Ottawa Senators yesterday dealt center Derick Brassard to the Pittsburgh Penguins in a complex three-team deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: You can read my take on the deal here. I’ll also have more on what’s next for the Senators in my Rumors section.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews will be sidelined at least one week with a shoulder injury suffered during Thursday’s 4-3 win over the New York Islanders.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Leafs fans are likely breathing a sigh of relief that their best player won’t be out of the lineup for long. He’s currently listed as day-to-day.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (lower body) could be returning to injured reserve.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Don’t expect the Ducks to go shopping for a goaltender before Monday’s 3 pm ET trade deadline. They seem content to stick with backups Ryan Miller and Reto Berra until Gibson returns.
SPORTSNET: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman suggested the NHL might not be looking at participating in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China because it’s too disruptive to the league’s regular season. However, he said he’s asked the International Olympic Committee if they would put them into the Summer Olympics. “I’m sure the players would be thrilled to go in the summer.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yes, because when folks think “Summer Olympics”, they automatically think, “hockey”. Way to pass up a great opportunity to grow your product in the word’s most populous nation.
Updates on recent speculation regarding the New York Islanders’ goaltending in your NHL rumor mill.
NEW YORK POST: Dan Martin reports New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano didn’t explain why he chose to start Thomas Greiss over Jaroslav Halak in Sunday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. However, Martin feels it’s clear Halak isn’t pleased with the three-goalie situation, thanks to recent comments made by his agent Allan Walsh on Saturday questioning the Isles carrying three goalies this season.
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman subsequently reported the Islanders were shopping Halak, but general manager Garth Snow declined to comment. Capuano also declined to comment on Walsh’s remarks. Martin notes the Isles are carrying Halak, Greiss and J-F Berube because they don’t want to expose Berube to waivers.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Peter Botte reports a source close to Halak claims the goaltender has not requested a trade. Greiss started three of the Isles last four games. This spring, Halak acknowledged expressing his displeasure over the three-goalie situation last spring, saying he tried to tell management it wasn’t ideal.
NEWSDAY: Arthur Staple reports two sources claim none of the Islanders goalies asked for a trade. The sources confirmed Snow sent an email around the league indicating Halak was available, but one of the sources said the Isles haven’t received any offers for the veteran netminder.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Halak may be available, but there doesn’t appear to be a market for his services right now. Sure, there are teams in need of help between the pipes, such as the LA Kings, Arizona Coyotes and Boston Bruins. But Halak’s the wrong fit for them. He’s a starter with an injury history carrying a $4.5 million cap hit through 2017-18. There’s a good reason why the Isles don’t want to place the more affordable Berube on waivers, as they know one of those clubs will grab him.