NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 26, 2019
2019 HHOF class revealed, the Avalanche trade Soderberg to the Coyotes, Craig Berube made full-time Blues coach, Brooks Orpik retires, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
TSN: Canadian women’s star Hayley Wickenheiser, former NHL defenseman Sergei Zubov and former NHL center Guy Carbonneau are among those to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November. Joining them are former Czechoslovakian star Vaclav Nedomansky, Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford, and longtime Boston College coach Jerry York.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to all the member of the Class of 2019.
The Colorado Avalanche yesterday traded center Carl Soderberg to the Arizona Coyotes for defenseman Kevin Connauton and a 2020 third-round pick.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Coyotes add some experienced depth at center while clearing a bit of a logjam on the blueline. The Avalanche, meanwhile, freed up more salary-cap space. Cap Friendly indicates they have over $38 million in cap room.
A big chunk of that will go toward re-signing restricted free agents like Mikko Rantanen, Alexander Kerfoot, Nikita Zadorov, and J.T. Compher. However, they’ll still have plenty of room to be aggressive in this summer’s UFA market.
STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues made Craig Berube their full-time head coach, signing him to a three-year contract. He served this season on an interim basis and guided the Blues to their first-ever Stanley Cup championship.
Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. He’s expected to be ready for training camp in September.
NHLPA: Defenseman Brooks Orpik yesterday announced his retirement. He played 15 seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals, winning the Stanley Cup with both clubs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Orpik cited a knee injury for ending his career, saying he played in pain throughout last season. Best wishes to him and his family in their future endeavors.
NHL.COM: The league released its full schedule for 2019-20.
The league also released the complete list of restricted free agent players who received qualifying offers before yesterday’s 5 pm ET deadline.
TSN: The Ottawa Senators re-signed defenseman Cody Goloubef to a one-year, two-way contract.
TWINCITIES.COM: Center Matt Hendricks has retired after 607 NHL games. He played for the Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals, Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota Wild, and Winnipeg Jets. He’s joining the Wild in their department of player development.
Important note on offer sheets: NHL teams that have already traded their 2020 1st-round pick are still eligible to tender a max offer using the 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024 picks.
So — cap space issues aside — every team technically has the ability to do one on July 1.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 25, 2019