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Latest on Erik Karlsson, Sam Bennett and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators captain Erik Karlsson still has no timeline to return to skating following his June 27th surgery to repair torn tendons in his left foot. The original forecast suggested the 27-year-old defenseman might be ready in time for the start of the season but that now appears in doubt.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Better that Karlsson take the time needed to fully recover and return healthy than to rush things and risk a setback that sidelines him longer or possibly affects his play.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets re-signed general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff and head coach Paul Maurice to multi-year contract extensions.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nothing personal against Cheveldayoff and Maurice, but they are being rewarded for mediocrity. If the Jets miss the playoffs again, ownership will have a difficult time justifying these extensions.
TSN: The Calgary Flames re-signed forward Sam Bennett to a two-year, $3.9 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt anyone’s surprised Bennett got a low-cost bridge deal. The 21-year-old has promise but he’s yet to reach his full potential.
MLIVE.COM: Free-agent forward P.A. Parenteau signed a professional tryout offer with the Detroit Red Wings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: He could be insurance for the Wings if restricted free agent forward Andreas Athanasiou bolts for the KHL.
LA KINGS INSIDER: reports free agent Brooks Laich is expected to take part in the Kings training camp on a tryout offer.
NBC SPORTS: The NHL and NHLPA team up with several hockey organizations to reveal a “Declaration of Principles” designed to boost the game at all levels. The declaration also received praise from Pope Francis.
SPORTSNET: The declaration opens the possibility of a change in the NHL Draft age to 19.
The NHL also intends to implement a new rule implementing a two-minute bench minor penalty for a failed offside challenge against the club seeking the review.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The NHL didn’t ask the Nevada Gaming Commission to take Golden Knights games off the betting board at the state’s sports books. League deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the decision was reached jointly with the club several weeks ago.
MIAMI HERALD/NBC SPORTS: The Florida Panthers chartered a flight to move their players, staff, families and pets to Boston in advance of Hurricane Irma, which is expected to hit South Florida this weekend. Meanwhile, a NHL rookie tournament that was to be held in Estero, Florida has been cancelled. Rookie hopefuls from the Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Nashville Predators and Washington Capitals were supposed to take part.
ARIZONA SPORTS: Former Coyotes enforcer Paul Bissonnette is joining the team’s radio broadcasts as a color analyst.
STLTODAY.COM: Former NHL defenseman Noel Picard has passed away at age 78. Picard played seven seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues and Atlanta Flames, with the bulk of that career with the Blues. He’s also featured in the iconic photo of Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr scoring the series-winning goal in Game 4 of the 1970 Stanley Cup Final.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Picard’s family, friends and former teammates.