NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 18, 2017
Brian Campbell retires, latest notable contract signings & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: After 17 NHL seasons, defenseman Brian Campbell is hanging up his skates. The 38-year-old announced his retirement yesterday to take up a front-office job with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Campbell played 1,082 games and collected 504 points with the Blackhawks (helping them win the Stanley Cup in 2010), Buffalo Sabres, San Jose Sharks and Florida Panthers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Campbell in his new role.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators avoided arbitration with forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau by re-signing him to a three-year, $9.3 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pageau emerged as an unlikely postseason scoring hero for the Senators this spring, tallying eight goals (four in one game) and 10 points in 19 playoff games. In 2015-16, he netted a career-high 43 points. If he returns to that 40-point pace, it’ll be worth the $3.1 million annual cap hit for the Sens.
TSN: The Nashville Predators re-signed forward Frederick Gaudreau to a three-year contract. The first two years of the deal are two-way and he’ll earn $650K at the NHL level. He’ll earn $700K in 2019-20.
THE TENNESSEAN: Speaking of the Predators, one of their fans missed out on two free tickets to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final because he infrequently checks his Twitter account.
PHILLY.COM: The Flyers signed 2017 first-round pick (second overall) Nolan Patrick to an entry-level contract.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres hired Chris Hajt as an assistant coach.
SPORTSNET: Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley claims his expansion franchise will be among the NHL’s top revenue generators in ticket sales for 2017-18. Foley said the Knights are ahead of the Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins in season-ticket sales and on par with the Montreal Canadiens.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s an impressive start for the Golden Knights. Management must ensure the team can be competitive enough to maintain that fan interest beyond 2017-18.
MLIVE.COM: Little Ceasars Arena, the new home of the Detroit Red Wings, will feature the world’s largest, seamless suspended scoreboard.
TWINCITIES.COM: Carter Casey, who signed a one-day contract with the Minnesota Wild on March 5 when he visited the team as part of his Make-A-Wish Foundation request, passed away over the weekend of spindle cell rhabdomyosarcoma. He was 17 years old.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Casey’s family, friends and the Wild organization.