NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 30, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 30, 2018

Latest on Martin Brodeur, Wayne Simmonds, Jack Johnson, Brett Connolly and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils yesterday announced Martin Brodeur was returning to the club as their new executive vice president of business development. Brodeur spent all but one of his 22 NHL seasons with the Devils during his Hall of Fame career. He recently left the St. Louis Blues after spending several seasons as their assistant general manager.

NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds believes his agent and Flyers GM Ron Hextall have had preliminary discussions regarding a new contract. For now, he’s focusing on returning healthy for the upcoming season after recovering from offseason pelvic surgery. Hextall has said several times he’d like to re-sign Simmonds, who’s eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds is unconcerned over lack of progress in contract extension talks (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flyers could take a “wait-and-see” approach with Simmonds to assess his performance in the coming season before getting down to serious contract talks. 

THE ATHLETIC (Subscription required): Defenseman Jack Johnson is keeping mum over his final days with the Columbus Blue Jackets but he’s very happy to be a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who signed him as an unrestricted free agent earlier this summer. Johnson was a healthy scratch during the Blue Jackets first-round playoff series last spring against the Washington Capitals.

WASHINGTON POST: Capitals winger Brett Connolly said he won’t be joining his teammates during their visit to the White House commemorating their Stanley Cup championship. Connolly said it had nothing to do with politics, adding he wouldn’t be surprised if several other teammates also didn’t go. Connolly joins Devante Smith-Pelly in skipping the event. The Capitals have yet to receive a formal invitation from the White House. “Everyone is entitled to their opinion,” said Connolly, who added his decision was “about what’s right and what’s wrong and we’ll leave it at that.”

CALGARY SUN: Former Flames forward Matt Stajan has signed with Red Bull Munchen of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. Stajan spent 15 NHL seasons with the Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs.

THE SCORE: Former San Jose Sharks winger Joel Ward remains hopeful of landing with another NHL club when training camp opens in two weeks time. Heading to Europe isn’t something he’s put at the top of his minds. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Age and injuries took a toll on the 37-year-old Ward last season. He could end up on a professional tryout offer if he hopes to secure an NHL job for 2018-19. 

THE HOCKEY NEWS: Tod Leiweke, the president and CEO of the group heading up Seattle’s NHL bid, said they will be meeting with league executives in early-October to begin the process of getting approval to become the NHL’s 32nd franchise. If all goes well, the y could make their pitch before the league board of governors in December. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If approved, the first season for a Seattle franchise would be 2020-21. 

SPORTSNET: NHL teams apparently take a dim view of players spending too much of their free time playing video games, especially the game Fortnite. Excessive gaming is considered an unnecessary addictive distraction that hampers a player’s development. 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 28, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 28, 2017

Game recaps plus updates on Cam Fowler, Jason Garrison, Vadim Shipachyov and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Oscar Dansk made 32 saves for his first career NHL shutout while James Neal, David Perron, Jonathan Marchessault and Cody Eakin each netted a goal and an assist as the Vegas Golden Knights crushed the Colorado Avalanche 7-0. The Golden Knights have won five straight games and carry a record of 8-1-0. Avs forwards Gabriel Bourque and Alexander Kerfoot left the game with upper-body injuries. 

 

Earlier in the day, the Golden Knights placed defenseman Jason Garrison on waivers. Meanwhile, center Vadim Shipachyov reported yesterday to their AHL affiliate. SKA St. Petersburg, his former KHL team, released a statement yesterday indicating he can’t negotiate a return based on the player transfer agreement between the KHL and NHL honoring each other’s player contracts. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Garrison frequently surfaced in this season’s NHL rumor mill. His declining performance and $4.6 million cap hit makes him difficult to trade. 

Pekka Rinne’s 43-save performance (including 15 in the third period) carried the Nashville Predators to a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. 

Shootout goals by Drew Stafford and Jesper Bratt gave the New Jersey Devils a 5-4 victory over the Ottawa Senators. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The rebuilding Devils continue to surprise in October, now sporting a 7-2-0 record to sit one point out of first in the Metropolitan Division. 

Josh Anderson’s overtime goal lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. 

Brayden Schenn tallied the game winner as the St. Louis Blues edged the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1. 

Alexander Radulov scored the winning goal in the Dallas Stars 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames, handing the latter their fourth loss in their last five contests. 

TSN: Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler is expected to miss four-to-eight weeks with a knee injury. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Ducks now have four regular blueliners (Fowler, Kevin Bieksa and Sami Vatanen) on injured reserve. Vatanen is expected to return soon. 

THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals winger Brett Connolly (concussion) is expected to miss his club’s next two games. 

Former NHL center Jay McClement has signed with Swiss League team EHC Olten.

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 2, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 2, 2017

The Florida Panthers part ways with right wing Jaromir Jagr.

Latest on Jaromir Jagr, Alexei Emelin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Daniel Alfredsson & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

MIAMI HERALD: The Florida Panthers yesterday confirmed they were parting ways with right wing Jaromir Jagr, who became an unrestricted free agent at noon ET on July 1. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Panthers GM Dale Tallon yesterday thanked Jagr for his contributions to the club over the past two seasons. Tthe 45-year-old will land likely with another NHL team at some point this summer on a one-year, bonus-laden contract. 

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators yesterday acquired defenseman Alexei Emelin from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchanged for a 2009 third-round pick. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some observers wondered if this trade meant the Preds were preparing to ship a top-four defenseman to acquire center Matt Duchene from the Colorado Avalanche. It appears, however, this move was made simply to load up on the blueline for another run at the Stanley Cup next season. 

THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche yesterday acquired forward Colin Wilson from the Nashville Predators in exchange for a 2019 fourth-round pick. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Avs fans were likely expecting a more significant move from GM Joe Sakic yesterday involving Matt Duchene. There’s speculation the Predators and Columbus Blue Jackets are interested in the 26-year-old center. Sakic declined to comment on the rumors. Most pundits still expect Duchene will be dealt at some point soon. 

OTTAWA SUN: Former Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson stepped down as the club’s senior adviser of hockey operations, a role he held for the past two seasons. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No explanation was offered by Alfredsson or the club for his decision.

Russian sports writer Slava Malumud reports Ilya Kovalchuk’s Russian agent claims his client won’t make a decision about his plans for 2017-18 until Monday at the earliest. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kovalchuk spent the past four seasons with the KHL’s SKA St. Petersburg. It’s expected he’ll return to the NHL if the New Jersey Devils (who still own his NHL rights) can arrange a sign-and-trade deal.

Here’s a collection of several NHL free-agent signings that weren’t included among yesterday’s collection of notable free-agent moves.

Ottawa Senators signed center Nate Thompson to a two-year, $3.3 million contract.

Washington Capitals signed winger Brett Connolly to a two-year contract ($1.5 million annual average value).

Minnesota Wild signed defenseman Kyle Quincey to a one-year, $1.25 million contract. 

Toronto Maple Leafs inked center Dominic Moore to a one-year, $1 million deal.  

Chicago Blackhawks signed forwards Tommy Wingels and Lance Bouwma to one-year contracts. 

Carolina Hurricanes signed forward Josh Jooris to a one-year, $775K contract. 

Boston Bruins signed defenseman Paul Postma to a one-year, $725K contract. 

Los Angeles Kings signed goaltender Darcy Kuemper to a one-year, $650K deal. 

Arizona Coyotes signed defenseman Adam Clendening to a one-year, $650K contract. 

Montreal Canadiens signed defenseman Joe Morrow to a one-year, $575K contract. 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 27, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 27, 2017

Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2017.

Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2017 unveiled, Golden Knights trade Methot to Stars, the latest notable contract signings & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Former NHL stars Teemu Selanne, Paul Kariya, Mark Recchi and Dave Andreychuk headline the 2017 inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Joining them are retired women’s hockey player Danielle Goyette, University of Alberta coach Clare Drake and Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs. The induction ceremony takes place in Toronto on November 13, 2017.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2017. 

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Dallas Stars last night acquired defenseman Marc Methot from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for goaltender Dylan Ferguson and a second-round pick in 2020. Methot was selected by the Golden Knights from the Ottawa Senators during last Wednesday’s NHL expansion draft. The Stars also placed goaltender Antti Niemi on waivers for buyout purposes and re-signed defenseman Esa Lindell to a two-year, $4.4 million contract extension. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Good move by the Stars to bolster their blue line depth. Methot is an experienced stay-at-home defenseman with leadership skills. He should prove an invaluable addition to the Stars youthful blueline corps. No surprise Niemi was bought out. The writing was on the wall for him when the Stars acquired and signed Ben Bishop last month. 

EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers re-signed forward Zack Kassian to a three-year deal worth $1.95 million annually. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning re-signed defenseman Andrej Sustr to a one-year, $1.95 million deal. 

CSN MID-ATLANTIC: The Washington Capitals re-signed forward Brett Connolly to a two-year deal worth $1.5 million per season.

THE NEWS & OBSERVER:  The Carolina Hurricanes re-signed forward Derek Ryan to a one-year, $1.425 million contract. 

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators re-signed winger Tom Pyatt to a two-year, $2.2 million deal. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks re-signed backup goaltender Anton Forsberg to a two-year deal worth $750K per season and forward Tomas Jurco to a one-year, $800K contract. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres re-signed defenseman Taylor Fedun to a two-year deal worth $650K annually. 

TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild re-signed defenseman Gustav Olofsson to a two-year, $1.45 million deal. 

NHL.COM: The deadline for NHL teams to extend qualifying offers to their players was 5 pm ET on Monday. Among the notables who didn’t receive offers were St. Louis Blues winger and 2012 first-overall draft pick Nail Yakupov, Calgary Flames winger Alex Chiasson, Colorado Avalanche forward Mikhail Grigorenko, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Nikita Nesterov and New Jersey Devils winger Beau Bennett,