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The aftermath of the Milan Lucic-for-James Neal trade, plus the latest on Artemi Panarin, Connor McDavid, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
CALGARY SUN: Milan Lucic is looking forward to a fresh start with the Flames. He was traded yesterday to Calgary for winger James Neal. The Oilers agreed to pick up 12.5 percent of his $6 million annual average value and also included a conditional 2020 third-round pick in the deal.
“I just think a fresh start is exactly what I needed,” Lucic said. “I think going to a team that was first in the West last year helps, too, because I know going into the season that we’ll be playing some meaningful games throughout the whole year.”
SPORTSNET’s Mark Spector last night tweeted the two conditions that must be met for the Oilers to sent that third-rounder to the Flames. “James Neal has to record at least 21 goals and Lucic scores at least 10 fewer goals than Neal.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If those conditions are met I doubt Oilers fans will complain about giving up that third-round pick. Follow this link for my take on this trade.
SPORTSNET: The Flames also reached a tentative deal yesterday with the city of Calgary for a new arena. Eric Francis reported the investment by Flames ownership would be “significantly more” than that of Daryl Katz in the Oilers’ arena in Edmonton. “Flames would run the arena, which will be owned by the city. Again, the parameters of the deal are all subject to council vote.” The cost of the new arena could reach between $550 – $600 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames’ need for a new arena and the sometimes contentious negotiations with Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi sparked worries the club would relocate if an agreement couldn’t be reached between the two sides. I’ll be surprised if this tentative deal fails to receive council approval.
NEW YORK POST: Rangers winger Artemi Panarin elaborated on his recent criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin. He felt big cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg are thriving at the expense of the small towns. Panarin pointed out that’s not the case in the United States, singling out Columbus (where he played for two seasons) as an example.
“I lived in Columbus, which isn’t even in the top 10 American cities, but look at the pictures and you will see how nice it looks. Everything is clean, safe, everyone is calm. It’s great. American cities are developing thanks to local taxes which stay in the state. But here, a lot of money goes to Moscow, so people everywhere work for Moscow’s benefit. I always thought it’s unfair.”
NBC SPORTS: An Edmonton man has been charged with forging the signature of Oilers captain Connor McDavid on team jerseys and selling them for big profits.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets forward Andrew Copp is seeking a one-year, $2.9-million contract via arbitration. The club is countering with a two-year deal worth $1.5-million annually. His arbitration hearing is set for Sunday in Toronto.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens avoided salary arbitration with forward Charles Hudon, re-signing him to a one-year, one-way, $800K contract.
NHL.COM: The Florida Panthers re-signed goaltender Sam Montembeault to a one-year, two-way contract.
Game recaps, injury updates, Tkachuk suspended and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Sergei Bobrovsky kicked out 36 shots while Zach Werenski and Artemi Panarin scored the only goals as the Columbus Blue Jackets shut out the New York Rangers 2-0. It’s the first time in five games the Jackets scored more than once in regulation.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jackets have suffered a significant power outage so far this season. In 2016-17, they were sixth in goals for per game (3.01) and 12th in power-play percentage (19.0). They’re currently 18th in goals for per game (2.85) and have the league’s worst PP percentage (10.5). If not for Bobrovsky’s stellar goaltending over the last five games, the Jackets probably wouldn’t have won their last three games.
Third-period goals by Tomas Tatar and Dylan Larkin gave the Detroit Red Wings a 3-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Red Wings and Sabres are two rebuilding club heading in different directions right now. The Wings have won six of their last 10 games and hold third place in the Atlantic Division, while the Sabres have won only three of their last 10 and sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.
USA TODAY: Calgary Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk received a one-game suspension for his role in a line brawl during his club’s recent game against the Red Wings.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Good news for the Vegas Golden Knights’ goaltending depth, as Malcolm Subban has been activated off injured reserve. Subban could get the start in Vegas’ game on Sunday against the Los Angeles Kings.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators defenseman Chris Wideman will be sidelined for weeks with a ripped hamstring.
TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs re-signed winger Josh Leivo to a one-year, $925K contract extension.
SPORTSNET: With the cities of Houston and Seattle expressing interest in acquiring NHL franchises, and with the Calgary Flames and Ottawa Senators in need of new arenas, league commissioner Gary Bettman subtly raised the heat on Calgary and Ottawa to get those venues built.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Flames and Senators agree to pick up a healthy portion of the construction costs, the cities of Calgary and Ottawa will certainly do their part to help those arenas get built. The problem, as always, is the ownership of those respective franchises want, or will want, the cities to pick up most of the tab. Recently re-elected Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi has already made it clear that’s not something he supports, while the Ottawa city council wants to ensure its taxpayers aren’t overburdened by an arena deal.
THE ATHLETIC: The effects of the changes in the coach’s challenge rule and the crackdown on slashing were among the items discussed during yesterday’s meeting of NHL general managers in Montreal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The general managers met in the same hotel where, 100 years ago, the NHL was born. Apart from the photo op commemorating that event, it doesn’t appear as though very much was accomplished in yesterday’s meeting.
KUKLA’S KORNER: presents an interesting breakdown, from data provided by the NHL, of the coach’s challenges thus far this season.
Updates on Marian Gaborik, Clarke MacArthur, Josh Anderson & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
LA KINGS INSIDER: Jon Rosen reports Kings head coach John Stevens said winger Marian Gaborik won’t be traveling to China with the club for its series of preseason games later this month against the Vancouver Canucks. Gaborik continues his rehab for an offseason medical procedure on his left knee.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While it appears Gaborik is making progress there’s no indication if he’ll be ready for the upcoming start of the season next month.
TSN: Ottawa Senators winger Clarke MacArthur will report to training camp but the club will take a wait-and-see approach regarding his status. MacArthur suffered four concussions in his career and missed most of last season. He’ll first have to be medically cleared by team doctors.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen offered little update on the status of restricted free agent forward Josh Anderson. The winger might not make it in time for the opening of training camp owing to his immigration papers. Kekalainen said contract talks continue and he’s hopeful of reaching a deal soon.
NEW YORK POST’s Larry Brooks reports former Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Desjardins has signed a professional tryout offer with the New York Rangers.
TSN’s Darren Dreger reports former Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers defenseman Dylan Olsen will attend Calgary Flames training camp on a PTO.
THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche will retire Milan Hejduk’s No. 23 during a pregame ceremony at the Pepsi Center on Jan. 6, 2018. Hejduk spent his entire 14-year NHL career with the Avs, scoring 375 goals and 805 points. He helped them win the Stanley Cup in 2001.
THE PLAYERS’ TRIBUNE: Former NHL forward Vernon Fiddler yesterday announced his retirement. In 877 NHL games with the Nashville Predators, Phoenix Coyotes, Dallas Stars and New Jersey Devils, Fiddler tallied 104 goals and 261 points, as well as 13 points in 51 playoff games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: One of my favorite Fiddler moments was when he cracked up the Vancouver Canucks bench with his impresssion of then-Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa.
SPORTSNET: Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi admits he was caught by surprise over the Flames’ announcement Tuesday that they were breaking off talks with the city regarding a new arena deal. He said the city remains at the bargaining table for a new arena despite the Flames pulling out of discussions.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames appear to be using this issue to affect the outcome of the upcoming municipal election in hopes of getting a deal that sees them picking up far less of the construction costs. I don’t believe the club will relocate over this. Both sides are posturing but eventually a new arena will be built.
NBC SPORTS: International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Faisal dismissed the faint hope of NHL players participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics. While hopeful of NHL participation in the 2022 Game in China, he said that “logistically it is practically impossible for Pyeongchang. That train has left the station.”
Game recaps, Anisimov out a month, Wideman ban rejected & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Brad Marchand scored his league-leading 36th goal and David Pastrnak scored twice as the Boston Bruins downed the Calgary Flames 5-2, ending the latter’s 10-game winning streak. The win moves the Bruins to within four points of the Atlantic Division leading Montreal Canadiens.
Rickard Rakell tallied his 30th goal of the season and Ryan Getzlaf also scored as the Anaheim Ducks held on for a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Blues. The Blues remain four-point up on the Los Angeles Kings for the final wild-card berth in the Western Conference.
Steve Mason has a 23-save shutout performance and Wayne Simmonds tallied his 200th career NHL goal as the Philadelphia Flyers blanked the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-0. The Flyers sit five points out of the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
J.T. Compher’s first career NHL goal was also the game winner to give the Colorado Avalanche a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Matt Duchene also scored to get his first point in 12 games and only his second goal in his last 26 games.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov will miss the next three-four weeks with an injured left leg.
TSN: The NHL’s attempt to reinstate the 20-game ban on Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman for hitting a linesman last season has been rejected by a neutral arbitrator.
SPORTSNET: Speaking of the Flames, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman spoke yesterday with Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi regarding a new arena. The Saddledome, which opened in 1983, is now the NHL’s third-oldest arena.
NEWSDAY: The 2018 NHL Winter Classic could be held at Citi Field between the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres.
OTTAWA SUN: On a non-NHL note, the U.S. Women’s Hockey Team could boycott the upcoming world championships in Plymouth, Michigan ““unless significant progress has been made on the year-long negotiations with USA Hockey over fair wages and equitable support.”
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