NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 24, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 24, 2018

Maple Leafs add Hayley Wickenheiser to their front office, plus the latest on Kyle Okposo, Jason Chimera and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

TSN: The Toronto Maple Leafs yesterday announced Hayley Wickenheiser was hired as their new assistant director of player personnel.  Wickenheiser is a four-time gold medalist with Canada’s women’s Olympic hockey team. Former Leafs defenseman Stephane Robidas takes over as director of player personnel. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A member of the Order of Canada, Wickenheiser is a trailblazer and among the most respected players in Canadian hockey. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Leafs. 

Buffalo Sabres winger Kyle Okposo hopes to return to his 50-point form in 2018-19 (Photo via NHL Images)

  WGR 550: Having recently turned 30, Buffalo Sabres winger Kyle Okposo is hoping to rebound from last season’s 44-point effort.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Okposo’s had a rough couple of seasons, including a health scare in 2017. At 30, he’s at the stage in his career where performance decline becomes inevitable but he’s hoping to defy the odds this season. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL’s Jim Matheson reports veteran NHL forward Jason Chimera, 40, remains without a contract as training camp approaches. He’s uncertain if he’ll accept a professional tryout offer.  

SPECTOR’S NOTE: At this stage in Chimera’s career, he might not have much choice if he wants to continue playing in the NHL. 

VANCOUVER SUN: With a bloated training camp roster, it’s unlikely the Canucks will be going the PTO route. 

NORTH JERSEY.COM: Former NHL defenseman Ryan Parent has joined the coaching staff of the New Jersey Devils’ AHL affiliate in Binghamton.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens alumni will play a charity game against Our Nation’s Heroes, a team consisting of soldiers, veterans and first responders on Sunday, Oct. 28 at the Leon’s Centre in Kingston. 


NHL Trade Deadline Tracker – February 26, 2018

NHL Trade Deadline Tracker – February 26, 2018

Today’s trades involving NHL players will be compiled here. Analysis of the notable deals will follow following the 3 pm ET trade deadline the Soapbox.

The New York Rangers have dealt defenseman Ryan McDonagh and forward J.T. Miller to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Vladislav Namestnikov, prospects Libor Hajek andBrett Howden, 2018 1st round pick and a conditional second round pick.

Edmonton Oilers trade left wing Patrick Maroon to the New Jersey Devils for a third-round pick and college prospect forward J.D. Dudek.

The Detroit Red Wings traded winger Tomas Tatar to the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a first-round pick in 2018, a second in 2019 and a third in 2021

The Vancouver Canucks have dealt winger Thomas Vanek to the Columbus Blue Jackets for forwards Tyler Motte and Jussi Jokinen.

The Buffalo Sabres have traded left wing Evander Kane to the San Jose Sharks for “a conditional first-round pick in 2019, a conditional fourth-round pick in 2020 and center Daniel O’Regan. 

The St. Louis Blues trade center Paul Stastny to the Winnipeg Jets “in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, forward Erik Foley and a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.” The Blues also retain half of Stastny’s $7 million cap hit. 

The Chicago Blackhawks trade forward Ryan Hartman and a fifth round pick in 2018 to the Nashville Predators for prospect forward Victor Edjsell plus the Predators first- and fourth-round picks in 2018.

The Ottawa Senators trade defenseman Ian Cole to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a third-round pick in 2020 and minor league right wing Nick Moutrey.

The Montreal Canadiens acquire defenseman Mike Reilly from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2019 (previously acquired from Washington).  Canadiens trade defenseman Joe Morrow to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a fourth-round pick in 2018.

The New York Islanders trade forward Jason Chimera to the Anaheim Ducks for center Chris Wagner.

The Calgary Flames acquire forward Nick Shore from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a seventh-round pick in 2019. 

The Boston Bruins acquired forward Tommy Wingels from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in 2019.

The Vancouver Canucks trade minor league defenseman Philip Holm to the Vegas Golden Knight for forward Brendan Leipsic.

The Carolina Hurricanes trade forward Josh Jooris to the Pittsburgh Penguins for minor-league forward Greg McKegg.