NHL Rumor Mill – August 31, 2020

NHL Rumor Mill – August 31, 2020

Could the Coyotes make some big changes? Are the Hurricanes interested in Frederik Andersen? What’s the latest on Alex Pietrangelo, Jonas Brodin, and Phillip Danault? Check out the latest in today’s NHL rumor mill

HIGHLIGHTS FROM FRIEDMAN’S LATEST “31 THOUGHTS”

SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman reports the Arizona Coyotes’ goal will be to cut payroll and rebuild. They face a tight salary cap for 2020-21 but then it eases. With no picks in the first three rounds of the 2020 NHL Draft and no first- or third-rounder for 2021, they could try to restock that.

Arizona Coyotes captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson (NHL Images)

Friedman suggests there could be a market for goaltender Darcy Kuemper and they would like to test defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson‘s trade value. Ekman-Larsson has seven years left on his contract with an annual average value of $8.25 million and a full no-movement clause, but he could be open to waiving it depending on the destination. They also have four defensemen (Jason Demers, Alex Goligoski, Jordan Oesterle and Niklas Hjalmarsson) with a year remaining on their contracts. Friedman claims Hjalmarsson remains much-loved around the league.

AZCOYOTESINSIDER: Craig Morgan considers Kuemper, Ekman-Larsson and Jakob Chychrun as the Coyotes’ most marketable assets if they decide to rebuild. Kuemper has two years left on his contract ($4.5 million AAV) and lacks no-trade protection. Chychrun has five years left ($4.6 million AAV) with a modified no-trade in the final two years. He also considered those other blueliners on one-year deals as tradeable assets, though he thinks they could retain Oesterle.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Just because those names are being bandied about doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be moved in the off-season. The Coyotes still haven’t decided on a full-time general manager and it remains to be seen if they’ll make any drastic moves. Nevertheless, their situation will be worth monitoring.

Friedman said team owner Alex Muerelo’s casino business is getting hammered by COVID-19, resulting in business layoffs and players complaining of late per diem payments. If the goal is to cut payroll and rebuild with affordable players, veterans like Kuemper, Ekman-Larsson and Hjalmarsson could be on the move. It will also mean they won’t be re-signing Taylor Hall, who becomes an unrestricted free agent on Nov. 1.

Friedman reports the Carolina Hurricanes have an interest in Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen. However, the Leafs aren’t keen to make a change just for the sake of doing so. Friedman feels if they make that move it’ll be for an upgrade, suggesting they could wait to see how this year’s goaltending free-agent market shakes out.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Perhaps the Leafs could pursue someone like Vegas’ Robin Lehner if he hits the open market. Or maybe they make a trade for someone like Darcy Kuemper and then peddle Andersen to the Hurricanes. If they go the UFA route they’ll be paying more than Andersen’s $5 million AAV. The Canes would also have to dump either Petr Mrazek or James Reimer as both have a year left on their contracts.

Speaking of the Leafs, Friedman doesn’t think William Nylander is going anywhere without a legitimate top-four right-hand shot defenseman coming in return.

SPECTOR’ S NOTE: I think they’d prefer that defenseman to be a top-two right-side guy. It would take someone like Nylander to fetch that type of return, especially with John Tavares, Auston Matthews, and Mitch Marner considered untouchable.

Friedman also mentioned Alex Pietrangelo met last week with St. Louis Blues management to discuss a new contract. He feels the Blues captain wants to stay in St. Louis but cited a couple of sources suggesting it hasn’t been easy for Pietrangelo to see teammates like Justin Faulk, Marco Scandella and Brayden Schenn get contract extensions while his talks stalled.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cap Friendly indicates the Blues have $79.4 million invested in 21 players, with defenseman Vince Dunn also to be re-signed. The additions of Faulk and Scandella were likely insurance in case Pietrangelo departs via free agency. If the Blues hope to re-sign him, they must shed two or three contracts to make it work. There’s plenty of time for both sides to get a deal done. The tip-off will be how quickly Blues GM Doug Armstrong sheds salary once the playoffs are over.

The Montreal Canadiens are getting asked about their plans for Phillip Danault, who’s a year away from UFA status. His comments following the Habs’ playoff elimination about his future being a bit unclear drew attention.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Danault’s role as solely a defensive center against the Penguins and Flyers and the rise of promising centers Nick Suzuki and Jesperi Kotkaniemi is stoking speculation about his future in Montreal.

As for his comments, Danault said he wasn’t ready to be solely a defensive forward, adding he enjoyed producing offensively and his role as a two-way forward. He acknowledged his role for next season would determine if he re-signs with Montreal. However, he also indicated that by what he’s proven in the last few years, his role shouldn’t change in Montreal.

The Canadiens could move him if they feel Suzuki and Kotkaniemi are now ready as full-time centers on the top two lines. However, I think they prefer keeping Danault around in case one or both struggle to adjust over the course of a long season. 

One of the Minnesota Wild’s priorities is figuring out the cost of extending Jonas Brodin. The 27-year-old defenseman will become an unrestricted free agent next year.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Athletic’s Michael Russo suggested the blueliner could also be used to acquire a starting goaltender like Pittsburgh’s Matt Murray or to acquire a center. 

The Columbus Blue Jackets could consider moving a goalie for some scoring. Friedman notes Joonas Korpisalo and Matiss Kivlenieks aren’t exempt from next year’s expansion draft. Meanwhile, he reports the Pittsburgh Penguins is testing the trade market on third-line center Jared McCann.










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 23, 2020

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 23, 2020

Alexander Ovechkin tallies his 700th career goal, the Toronto Maple Leafs lose to a Zamboni driver, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin became the eighth player in NHL history to score 700 career goals in a 3-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils. A power-play goal by Devils defenseman Damon Severson snapped a 2-2 tie late in the third period. With the loss, the Capitals (80 points) remain tied for first place with the Pittsburgh Penguins for first place in the Metropolitan Division, with the Penguins holding a game in hand.

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is the eighth player in NHL to score 700 career goals (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A well-deserved milestone for The Great Eight. The next one is overtaking Mike Gartner (708) for seventh on the all-time list. The Capitals, however, have won just three of their last 10 games. With Ovechkin’s chase for 700 goals now over, perhaps it will bring about a shift in their focus.

The Penguins, meanwhile, missed an opportunity to take a two-point lead over the Capitals by dropping a 5-2 decision to the Buffalo Sabres. Jack Eichel scored twice, despite a midsection ailment preventing him from bending over to take faceoffs. Evgeni Malkin scored both Penguins’ goals. The Sabres (64 points) are eight behind the Toronto Maple Leafs, who sit third in the Atlantic Division. Earlier in the day, they officially terminated defenseman Zach Bogosian’s contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Eichel has 35 goals on the season. The young Sabres captain is doing everything he can to keep the his club’s playoff hopes alive.

Speaking of the Maple Leafs, they dropped a 6-3 decision to the Carolina Hurricanes, who pressed into service 42-year-old emergency backup (and Zamboni driver) David Ayres when regular goaltenders James Reimer and Petr Mrazek were sidelined. Ayres made eight saves on 10 shots to preserve the win. The Hurricanes (74 points) moved into a tie with the Columbus Blue Jackets for the final Eastern Conference wild-card spot, holding two games in hand over the Jackets.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For Ayres, this was a moment he and his family and friends will never forget. The Hurricanes did a fine job putting him at ease, as well as checking the Leafs to a near-standstill in the third. That was perhaps the most embarrassing regular-season defeat in Leafs history. I’ll leave it to Steve Dangle to summarize this debacle.

The Philadelphia Flyers (77 points) doubled up the Winnipeg Jets 4-2, widening their lead over the New York Islanders for third place in the Metro by three points. Scott Laughton scored two goals and Justin Braun collected three assists. Following the game, the Flyers got a visit from teammate Oskar Lindblom, who’s battling Ewing’s sarcoma. “Really good, really good to see him,” said Laughton. The Jets (69 points) hold a one-point lead over the Nashville Predators and Calgary Flames for the final Western Conference wild-card berth.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Lindblom in his ongoing treatments. Here’s hoping he make a full recovery.

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price turned in a 30-save shutout to blank the Ottawa Senators 3-0. Max Domi scored twice for the Habs (66 points), putting them six behind the Leafs in the Atlantic. Senators defenseman Thomas Chabot left the game with an injured left leg in the first period, but coach D.J. Smith believes it wasn’t anything serious.

The New York Rangers also kept their playoff hopes alive by edging the San Jose Sharks 3-2. Jesper Fast scored twice and Igor Shesterkin kicked out 44 shots for the Rangers (70 points), who’ve won seven of their last eight contests and sit just four points out of a wild-card berth in the East. Joe Thornton scored both goals for the Sharks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Rangers’ surge of late raises questions over whether GM Jeff Gorton will be a seller at the trade deadline. Until recently, it was assumed he’d start peddling some pending free agents like Fast and Chris Kreider. That might not be a certainty now.

Conor Garland and Clayton Keller each scored twice as the Arizona Coyotes upset the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-3. With 70 points, the Coyotes hold the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Earlier in the day, they revealed defenseman Jakob Chychrun could miss multiple games with a hip injury. Meanwhile, goaltender Darcy Kuemper was assigned to their AHL affiliate on a conditioning stint.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are winless in eight straight games after dropping a 4-3 shootout decision to the Nashville Predators. Jusse Saros turned aside 40 shots for the Predators while Rocco Grimaldi netted the game-winning goal. The Predators (68 points) sit one back of the Jets for the final Western wild-card berth.

Tyler Toffoli scored his first two goals with the Vancouver Canucks in a 9-3 thrashing of the Boston Bruins. J.T. Miller also collected three assists for the Canucks (72 points), who sit two behind the Pacific Divison-leading Vegas Golden Knights. Bruins winger David Pastrnak scored twice and leads the league with 45 goals. The Bruins remain the overall league leaders with 90 points.

The Golden Knights, meanwhile, picked up their fifth straight win by defeating the Florida Panthers 5-3. Reilly Smith scored twice and Marc-Andre Fleury made 32 saves for Vegas. The Panthers (70 points) remain two behind the Leafs. They’ve won just three of their last 11 games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Panthers are blowing a golden opportunity to pass the struggling Leafs and secure a grip on the final playoff spot in the Atlantic. They’re also in danger of being overtaken by the Canadiens and Sabres.

Joonas Donskoi’s shootout goal gave the Colorado Avalanche a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. The Avs (79 points) sit one back of the St. Louis Blues for first place in the Western Conference. Earlier in the day, the Kings re-signed Martin Frik to a two-year contract extension.










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 18, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 18, 2019

Blues tie Western Conference Final at two games apiece, John Davidson returns to the Rangers, Stanley Cup Final schedule released, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee Headlines. 

NHL.COM: The St. Louis Blues held off the San Jose Sharks 2-1 to tie the Western Conference Final at two games apiece. Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington made 29 saves while Ivan Barbashev and Tyler Bozak were the St. Louis goal scorers. Tomas Hertl replied for San Jose. There’s concern over the status of Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson, who spent a significant amount of time on the bench in the third period in obvious discomfort. 

San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson appeared to be hampered by an injury during a Game 4 loss to the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference Final (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was a solid bounce-back by the Blues from their controversial loss in Game 3. Binnington once again displayed his remarkable ability to shake off a tough loss with a strong follow-up performance.

As for Karlsson, we’ll learn more about his status between now and Game 5 on Sunday afternoon in San Jose. If it’s his nagging groin injury flaring up it could have consequences for the Sharks in this series. 

The 2019 Stanley Cup Final will begin on Monday, May 27 in Boston as the Bruins host either the Sharks or Blues. 

NEW YORK POST: John Davidson stepped down as president of hockey operations for the Columbus Blue Jackets to take the same position with the New York Rangers. Davidson spent most of his NHL playing career with the Rangers and was their lead analyst on national broadcasts for 19 years. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to see how Davidson’s hiring affects the Rangers’ rebuild.

TSN: The NHL’s unrestricted free agent interview period begins on June 23 at 12:01 am ET. The restricted free agent contact period begins three days later on June 26. “During the period, pending free agents will be able to meet with prospective teams, but are not permitted to discuss contract details. The NHL’s free agency period will open on July 1 at noon ET.”

SPORTSNET:  Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Igor Ozhiganov signed with KHL club AK Bars Kazan.

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun donated $10,000.00 to The New Foundation, “a local foundation that focuses on mental health awareness.”










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 3, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 3, 2019

Game recaps, injury updates, Nikita Kucherov fined, Ducks talking contract with Jakob Silfverberg, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The Tampa Bay Lightning became the first team to reach 80 points this season by holding on for a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers. Lightning forward Brayden Point missed the game with a lower-body injury and is listed as day-to-day. Earlier in the day, the NHL announced Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov was fined $5,000.00 for a dangerous trip on New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield on Friday.

The Philadelphia Flyers overcame a 4-2 deficit to edge the Edmonton Oilers 5-4 on an overtime goal by Nolan Patrick, with four of their goals coming on the power-play. Flyers captain Claude Giroux had a goal and two assists while Carter Hart made 40 saves. 

Nico Hischier scored the game-tying and game-winning goals as the New Jersey Devils eked out a 3-2 overtime victory over the Montreal Canadiens. 

Jack Roslovic’s hat trick helped the Winnipeg Jets thump the Anaheim Ducks 9-3 (Photo via NHL Images).

The Winnipeg Jets tallied a franchise-record six goals in the first period to roast the Anaheim Ducks 9-3. Jack Roslovic had a hat trick and Bryan Little added two goals. Ducks goalie John Gibson was pulled in the first period after giving up six goals on 14 shots while teammate Corey Perry was held pointless in his season debut.  Meanwhile, reports indicate contract talks are progressing between the Ducks and pending free agent winger Jakob Silfverberg. 

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Travis Dermott had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Earlier in the day, the Leafs placed defenseman Martin Marincin on waivers

Jonathan Bernier turned in a 35-save performance as the Detroit Red Wings shut out the Ottawa Senators 2-0. The Wings were playing without center Dylan Larkin, who’s sidelined one-to-two weeks with a strained oblique muscle. Earlier in the day, the league announced Senators forward Zack Smith was fined $5,000.00 for elbowing Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Marcus Pettersson on Friday. 

The Florida Panthers downed the Vegas Golden Knights 3-1, handing the latter their fourth straight defeat. Panthers goalie James Reimer kicked out 34 shots while Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist. 

Three unanswered third-period goals powered the New York Islanders to a 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings, extending their points streak to eight games. Isles defenseman Ryan Pulock collected three assists. 

St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored one goal and set up two others as his club doubled up the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2, handing the latter their fifth straight loss. The Blues have won six of their last nine games to move within three points of a wild-card spot in the Western Conference. The Blue Jackets now hold a three-point lead over the Carolina Hurricanes for the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. 

Third-period goals by Blake Comeau and Mattias Janmark enabled the Dallas Stars to beat the Nashville Predators 3-1, giving the Stars their fourth straight victory. 

Erik Gustafsson’s overtime goal lifted the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild. Blackhawks winger Alex DeBrincat had a three-point performance. 

Jacob Markstrom’s 34-save performance carried the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche, enabling the Canucks (54 points) to move past the Avs (52 points) into the final wild-card berth in the Western Conference.  Jake Virtanen and Antoine Roussel each had a goal and an assist. 

The San Jose Sharks nipped the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 thanks to an overtime goal by Brent Burns. The Coyotes were playing without defenseman Jakob Chychrun, who didn’t embark on their road trip owing to a lower-body injury

WASHINGTON POST: Capitals forward Lars Eller (lower-body injury) will be a game-day decision for today’s contest against the Boston Bruins.

THE SCORE: Sportsnet analyst Brian Burke is no fan of the Carolina Hurricane’s post-game victory celebrations.  “I think it’s bush league. If they want to keep doing it in Carolina, fine. I think it’s bush league (and) I hate it.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Burke then yelled at some kids to stay off his lawn, shook his fist at a passing cloud, and told a long-winded tale about how much better things were back in his day. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 14, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 14, 2018

Game recaps, Joe Thornton reaches another milestone, plus updates on Tuukka Rask, Shea Weber, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Joe Thornton reached another milestone in his long career by scoring the game-winning goal as the San Jose Sharks downed the Nashville Predators 5-4. It was Thornton’s 400th career goal. Teammates Erik Karlsson also reached a milestone by collecting his 400th career NHL assist. Joe Pavelski scored twice for the Sharks while Filip Forsberg also tallied two goals for the Predators.

Taylor Hall’s four-point performance led the New Jersey Devils to a 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Photo via NHL Images)

Taylor Hall factored in all his team’s goals (two goals, two assists) as the New Jersey Devils snapped a three-game losing skid by doubling up the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2. With just 17 points in 16 games, the Penguins have slid toward the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

Two goals by Tom Kuhnhackl helped the New York Islanders break a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Isles forward Cal Clutterbuck tallied his first goal in 52 games.

Mike Hoffman tied a Florida Panthers’ record by extending his points streak to 13 games as his club edged the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1. Hoffman had an assist in the Panthers’ game-opening goal.

The Buffalo Sabres picked up their third straight win by squeezing past the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1. Jeff Skinner and Kyle Opkoso tallied for the Sabres.

Six unanswered goals powered the Detroit Red Wings to a 6-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Mike Green scored and added two assists. With four straight wins, the Wings’ now have a .500 record with 18 points in as many games.

Earlier in the day, the Coyotes announced that defenseman Jakob Chychrun had agreed to a six-year contract extension beginning next season. The annual average value will be $4.6 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Chychrun, 20, is in the final season of his entry-level contract. He’s shown considerable potential over the past two NHL campaigns, though his injury history is a little worrisome. If he can stay reasonably healthy over the next seven seasons he has the all-around ability to become a reliable top-two blueliner for the Coyotes. Should Chychrun reach his full potential, general manager John Chayka will look like a genius for locking the young rearguard into a long-term deal for an affordable price. 

After having his 20-game suspension reduced to 14 games, Tom Wilson scored in his return as the Washington Capitals defeated the Minnesota Wild 5-2. Dmitry Orlov also scored twice for the Capitals.

The Edmonton Oilers ended a four-game losing skid in grand style by thumping the Montreal Canadiens 6-2. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl led the way with three points each. The Canadiens did get some good news as sidelined captain Shea Weber could return from offseason knee surgery as early as late-November.

John Tavares extended his points streak to six games with a goal and two assists in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. Nazem Kadri netted two power-play goals for the Leafs.

BOSTON HERALD: Goaltender Tuukka Rask has returned to the Bruins roster following a brief leave of absence to deal with a personal matter.

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights have placed forward Erik Haula (lower-body, possible right-knee injury) on injured reserve.

TSN: Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault left practice yesterday with a lower-body injury.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks placed forward Marcus Kruger on injured reserve and recalled defenseman Gustav Forsling. 

CBS SPORTS: The Carolina Hurricanes sent forward Valentin Zykov to their AHL affiliate in Charlotte on a two-week conditioning stint. Meanwhile, the Columbus Blue Jackets placed Adam Clendening on waivers

THE SCORE: Former NHL player Dan Carcillo said he won’t opt into the proposed concussion lawsuit settlement between the NHL and NHLPA. “Carcillo, for his part, has decided to opt out, saying he wants the NHL to admit liability for failing to sufficiently protect the health of the league’s players.”

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 13, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 13, 2018

Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2018 formally inducted, plus game recaps, three stars of the week and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Martin Brodeur, Martin St. Louis, Willie O’Ree, Alexander Yakushev, Jayna Hefford, and Gary Bettman were formally inducted last night into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

NEW YORK POST:  Larry Brooks received the Elmer Ferguson Award and was also enshrined into the Hockey Hall of Fame

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to the inductees. Fans and pundits have already started speculating over who will form the class of 2019. You can read my take at Featurd.io. 

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist moves into fifth on the NHL’s all-time wins list. (Photo via NHL Images)

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves to pick up his 437th career NHL win as his club edged the Vancouver Canucks 2-1. Lundqvist moves into eighth place on the all-time wins list. The Rangers are unbeaten (6-0-1) in their last seven games, but they lost forward Pavel Buchenich for four-to-six weeks with a broken thumb. 

The Chicago Blackhawks lost their eighth straight game, dropping a 3-2 overtime decision to the Carolina Hurricanes. Sebastian Aho tallied the game-winner. During the first intermission, the Hurricanes honored Blackhawks goaltender Cam Ward, who spent 13 seasons in Carolina and helped them win the Stanley Cup in 2006. Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce missed the game with a lower-body injury.

Cam Atkinson collected a goal and an assist and Pierre-Luc Dubois netted the game-winner as the Columbus Blue Jackets downed the Dallas Stars 2-1. The Stars also lost forward Devin Shore for 7-10 days with a lower-body injury.

John Gibson kicked out 34 shots, including 10 in overtime, backstopping the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators. Rickard Rakell potted the winner in a shootout. Earlier in the day, the Predators placed winger Viktor Arvidsson on injured reserve with an upper-body injury. 

Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak, Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler, and Philadelphia Flyers left wing Claude Giroux were named the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Nov.11, 2019.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings goaltender Jack Campbell will be sidelined four-to-six weeks as he’ll require surgery to repair torn cartilage in his knee. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Campbell joins starter Jonathan Quick, who recently underwent surgery for the same issue. If it wasn’t for bad luck, the Kings would have no luck at all this season. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun is expected to make his season debut tonight against the Detroit Red Wings. He’s been recovering from off-season knee surgery. 

TSN: “The National Hockey League announced a tentative $18.9 million settlement Monday with more than 300 retired players who sued the league and accused it of failing to protect them from head injuries or warning them of the risks involved with playing.”