Where Are They Now? 2006 Carolina Hurricanes
The Rangers buy out Kevin Shattenkirk, the Flames to buy out Michael Stone, an update on Justin Williams, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
THE SCORE: The New York Rangers yesterday officially announced they bought out the contract of defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Shattenkirk is now an unrestricted free agent and could attract some interest as an affordable short-term pickup. I’ll have more in the Rumors section.
CALGARY SUN: The Flames yesterday announced they placed blueliner Michael Stone on unconditional waivers to buy out his contract. The move frees up $2.33 million, giving the Flames around $7.75 million in cap space. With restricted free agents Matthew Tkachuk and Andrew Mangiapane to re-sign, they could be forced to shed another salary.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And I’ll have more on how this move could affect the Flames next cost-cutting move in the Rumors section.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes are still awaiting a decision on captain Justin Williams’ plans. He’s an unrestricted free agent still mulling whether to retire or return to the Hurricanes for one more season.
General manager Don Waddell believes Williams is leaning toward returning. The Hurricanes have around $2.5 million in salary-cap space with Anton Forsberg and Saku Maenalanen to re-sign.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Because Williams would be signing a 35-plus contract, Waddell indicated it could be a bonus-laden deal. Those bonuses would be charged against next season’s cap if they end up pushing the Canes over this season’s cap.
THE ATHLETIC: The search for the next Minnesota Wild general manager is underway. The club has already interviewed former Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall and former Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli, but that doesn’t mean they’re front-runners for the job.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite managing the Boston Bruins to the Stanley Cup in 2011, Chiarelli’s tenure with the Oilers tarnished his reputation. Word that the Wild spoke with Chiarelli sparked some concern among Minnesota fans on social media.
ARIZONA SPORTS: Alex Meruelo was formally introduced yesterday as the new owner of the Coyotes. He vowed to keep the team in Arizona, is committed to building a winner, and praised team president and CEO Ahron Cohen and general manager John Chayka.
TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins have hired Matt Cullen as part of their player development staff. Cullen recently announced his retirement as an NHL player after 21 seasons.
THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche re-signed forward A.J. Greer to a one-year, two-way contract. On July 7, he was arrested in New York on misdemeanor third-degree assault charges. The club has declined to comment until the investigation is complete.
WGR 550: The Buffalo Sabres agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with Remi Elie.
NHL.COM: Former players JP Cote and Stephen Gionta are among the new front-office hires by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Cote becomes their new director of player development while Gionta becomes a professional scout.
Matt Cullen announced his retirement, the Vancouver Canucks sign Micheal Ferland, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
TRIBLIVE.COM: After 1,516 games and three Stanley Cup championships, center Matt Cullen yesterday announced his retirement. The 42-year-old spent 21 seasons in the NHL with eight teams. He began his career in 1997-98 with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks and moved on to the Florida Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, and Pittsburgh Penguins. He won his first Cup with the Hurricanes and two with the Penguins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Cullen and his family in their future endeavours. He was a well-respected, hardworking checking forward and mentor to his younger teammates as his career progressed.
Cullen sits second to Chris Chelios for most games played by an American-born player. He tallied 266 goals and 731 points, as well as 58 points in 132 playoff contests. Check out the Penguins’ video tribute to Cullen.
NBC SPORTS: With Cullen’s retirement, Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara becomes the NHL’s oldest active player. Chara turned 42 on March 18 and is 136 days younger than Cullen.
TSN: The Vancouver Canucks yesterday signed free-agent winger Micheal Ferland to a four-year, $14-million contract. The annual average value is $3.5 milion.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks got Ferland at a bargain. Earlier this year, he was reportedly seeking a contract comparable to Washington’s Tom Wilson. The 27-year-old winger is a feisty forward coming off back-to-back 40-point campaigns.
Ferland’s injury history, however, could be a problem. He struggled to return to form after suffering a concussion early last season. If he can stay reasonably healthy he should be a good addition to the young Canucks.
The Ferland signing leaves the Canucks squeezed for sufficient salary-cap space to re-sign Brock Boeser and Nikolay Goldobin. I’ll have more on that later this morning in the Rumor Mill.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings avoided salary arbitration with forward Alex Iafallo, re-signing him to a two-year contract worth over $2.4 million annually.
THE SCORE: In a recent interview, former Toronto Maple Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul talked injuries, loss of confidence, and stress that brought about the end of his playing career. The Leafs placed Lupul on long-term injury reserve before the 2016-17 season and would later buy out the remainder of his contract. At the time, Lupul claimed he hadn’t failed his physical and accused the Leafs of cheating, though he subsequently retracted those comments and apologized. He now admits his injury woes contributed to the decline of his play, which also affected his confidence.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Former Canadiens defenseman and assistant coach J.J. Daigneault is the new head coach of the QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Ryan Warsofsky was named the new head coach of the Charlotte Checkers, the AHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes.
It was a night of NHL milestones for several players and one coach. Check out the details in today’s morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price tied Jacques Plante for most wins by a Habs goalie (314) with a 28-save effort in a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. Teammate Brendan Gallagher scored his 30th of the season. Canadiens rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi was a healthy scratch for the first time this season as coach Claude Julien felt the 18-year-old could use a bit of rest. With the win, the Canadiens (79 points) hold the second wild-card berth in the East.
Sidney Crosby scored his 30th goal of the season and added two assists to reach 1,200 career points to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Florida Panthers 3-2. Jake Guentzel scored twice, including the winner in overtime. The Penguins also honored center Matt Cullen for playing in his 1,500th career NHL game. With 79 points, the Penguins hold the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Tampa Bay Lightning right winger Nikita Kucherov collected two assists to tie a franchise record of 108 points in a 5-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck was shaken up after taking a Kucherov shot off his mask in the second period but returned to finish the game.
New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz picked up his 800th career victory as his club edged the Ottawa Senators 5-4. It was a costly win for the Isles as starting goaltender Robin Lehner left the game late in the third period following a collision with Senators winger Brady Tkachuk. Earlier in the day, the Islanders recalled forwards Joshua Ho-Sang and Michael Dal Colle on an emergency basis. The Isles (89 points) move into a tie for first place in the Metropolitan Division with the Washington Capitals,
SPECTOR’S NOTE: An update on Lehner’s status will likely be revealed today. It’s assumed he left the game for concussion protocol.
The Boston Bruins extended their points streak to 17 games with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, who were playing in Hartford Whalers jerseys. David Krejci scored the winning goal. Sebastian Aho tallied twice for the Hurricanes. Bruins winger Marcus Johansson left the game in the second period following a hard shoulder-to-shoulder hit by Hurricanes left winger Micheal Ferland. Johansson was taken to hospital but coach Bruce Cassidy said the news of his condition could be “encouraging“. The Bruins (89 points) opened a three-point lead over the Toronto Maple Leafs for second place in the Atlantic Division.
Ryan Johansen scored the only goal in a shootout as the Nashville Predators nipped the Minnesota Wild 5-4. Wild winger Kevin Fiala scored twice against his former team. With the win, the Predators (83 points) move one point ahead of the Jets for the top spot in the Central Division. The Wild (72 points) hold a two-point lead over the Colorado Avalanche for the final Western Conference wild-card spot.
Dallas Stars goalie Ben Bishop turned in a 28-save shutout performance and John Klingberg scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers. Dallas forward Alexander Radulov was a healthy scratch as punishment for being late for a morning team meeting. The Stars (73 points) hold a one-point lead over the Wild.
Nathan MacKinnon’s overtime goal gave the Colorado Avalanche a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. MacKinnon had two points while linemate Mikko Rantanen had a three-point game. Red Wings defenseman Mike Green will be sidelined seven-to-ten days due to the recurrence of a liver virus.
Shootout goals by Cam Atkinson and Artemi Panarin gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils, snapping a three-game losing skid. Devils forward Jesper Bratt left the game in the second period with an undisclosed injury. The Jackets (77 points) remain two points out of a wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference.
The Anaheim Ducks defeated the Arizona Coyotes 3-1 to snap the latter’s six-game winning streak. The Coyotes (69 points) sit three points behind the Wild. Defenseman Jason Demers returned to the Coyotes lineup after being sidelined for four months.
VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks center Brandon Sutter will undergo season-ending sports-hernia surgery.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks recalled goaltender Collin Delia as veteran Cam Ward is out seven-to-ten days with a knee injury.
CALGARY SUN: Flames defenseman Michael Stone has been assigned to the club’s AHL affiliate in Stockton on a conditioning stint. Stone’s been sidelined since November 22 by a blood clot in his arm.
STLTODAY: Blues center Brayden Schenn will rejoin the lineup after being sidelined since Feb. 19 with an upper-body injury.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs re-signed backup goalie Garret Sparks to a one-year, $750K contract extension.
TSN: NHL general managers could recommend a rule change forcing players to skate directly to the bench if they lose their helmet during gameplay. The players could also be forced to wear their helmets during pre-game warmups. Those recommendations will require the endorsement of the NHL Players Association. Another proposed change could give a team with a power play the choice of which side of the offensive zone they’ll take the faceoff.
Game recaps, Blues fire head coach Mike Yeo, stars of the week and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The St. Louis Blues fired head coach Mike Yeo following a 2-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. It was the third time the Blues were shut out in four games. Craig Berube takes over behind the bench on an interim basis.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yeo is the third NHL coach to lose his job this month. This move seemed inevitable given the Blues’ stumbling start to this season. They’re currently sitting near the bottom of the Western Conference standings.
There’s already speculation they could bring back Joel Quenneville as their full-time bench boss but The Athletic’s Jeremy Rutherford reports a source “close to the situation” claims Quenneville is in no hurry to return to the coaching ranks.
Quenneville would also prove a costly hire. Rutherford reports his former club, the Chicago Blackhawks, wants any team attempting to hire him to pick up a portion of his $6-million per season contract that he’s owed through 2019-20.
Patrik Laine’s hat trick powered the Winnipeg Jets to a 6-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Kyle Connor also collected four points for the Jets. Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson netted his 12th goal of the season while teammate Jacob Markstrom made 43 saves.
Matthew Tkachuk and Johnny Gaudreau each got four points and Sean Monahan scored twice to lead the Calgary Flames to a 7-2 drubbing of the Vegas Golden Knights.
Two third-period goals by Zach Hyman and a 37-save performance by Frederik Andersen enabled the Toronto Maple Leafs to overcome a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2. Jackets captain Nick Foligno rejoined the roster yesterday after a brief absence to tend to his ailing five-year-old daughter Milana.
The Buffalo Sabres collected their sixth straight victory by rallying from a 4-1 deficit to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4 on an overtime goal by Jack Eichel. The Penguins have dropped four straight games. They also learned earlier in the day that center Matt Cullen could be sidelined long-term with a lower-body injury.
Florida Panthers forward Mike Hoffman scored against his former club in a 7-5 win over the Ottawa Senators. Hoffman’s point streak has reached 16 games. The win was overshadowed as Panthers center Vincent Trocheck was stretchered from the game after twisting his right left awkwardly while battling for the puck along the boards. Matt Duchene scored twice for the Senators, who honored former equipment manager Mike Foley with a video tribute. Foley passed away at age 61 on Saturday from colon cancer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Foley’s family, friends, and the Senators’ organization.
Lars Eller’s overtime goal capped a three-goal rally as the Washington Capitals defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-4. Alex Ovechkin scored twice and Braden Holtby got the win after relieving Pheonix Copley in the second period, stopping 22 shots.
Filip Chytil’s third-period goal proved to be the game-winner as the New York Rangers edged the Dallas Stars 2-1. Stars goaltender Ben Bishop left the game in the second period and is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
Ryan Johansen had a goal and an assist as the Nashville Predators beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2.
Columbus Blue Jackets winger Cam Atkinson, Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford, and San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Nov. 18, 2018.
TSN: Detroit Red Wings forward Darren Helm will be sidelined six-to-eight weeks with an upper-body injury.
NBC SPORTS: Broad Street Bullies no more? The Philadelphia Flyers are one of two clubs with no fighting majors thus far this season.
Game recaps, analysis of the Oilers trading Ryan Strome to the Rangers for Ryan Spooner, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Ben Bishop made 23 saves and Jason Dickinson scored in overtime as the Dallas Stars shut out the Boston Bruins 1-0. The Bruins also got bad news regarding captain Zdeno Chara, who’s sidelined four-to-six weeks with an injured left knee. John Moore also missed the game (day-to-day)with a lower-body injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Chara joins fellow Bruins blueliners Charlie McAvoy, Kevan Miller, Urho Vaakanainen and Brandon Carlo on injured reserve.
Ryan O’Reilly scored two goals and Jake Allen kicked out 32 shots as the St. Louis Blues downed the Vegas Golden Knights 4-1. Brayden Schenn returned from injury to score for the Blues.
Morgan Rielly’s overtime goal gave the Toronto Maple Leafs a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks, completing a sweep of the Pacific Division’s California teams.
The Buffalo Sabres picked up their fourth straight win by edging the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 on shootout goals by Jason Pominville and Conor Sheary.
Los Angeles Kings rookie goalie Calvin Petersen made 34 saves to pick up his first NHL victory backstopping his club to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Ilya Kovalchuk and Anze Kopitar scored the only goals in the shootout
Nicklas Backstrom’s overtime goal gave the Washington Capitals a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers yesterday traded forward Ryan Strome to the New York Rangers for center Ryan Spooner. The Rangers also retained 22.5 percent ($900k) of Spooner’s $4 million annual average value.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is basically two teams hoping to benefit from swapping two underperforming players. It’s unlikely this deal will significantly improve either club. This move also won’t do much to inspire the sagging confidence of Oilers fans in general manager Peter Chiarelli. Check out this tweet by Adam Gretz offering a brief review of Chiarelli’s notable recent trades.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy will be sidelined four-to-six weeks with a broken foot.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Adjusting to the absence of their starting goalie will be a big test for the Lightning, who’ll turn to backup Louis Domingue and call-up Eddie Pasquale to hold the fort.
ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes’ defense corps suffered a double whammy as Jason Demers suffered a season-ending knee injury while recently returned blueliner Jakob Chychrun is sidelined again with an upper-body injury. They also learned forward Josh Archibald received a two-game suspension from the league for an illegal check to the head of Nashville Predators forward Ryan Hartman on Thursday.
NBC SPORTS: Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott will miss two weeks with a lower-body injury. They’ve called up Alex Lyon from their AHL affiliate.
NHL.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins center Matt Cullen was fined $1,000.00 by the league for a dangerous trip on Tampa Bay Lightning forward J.T. Miller.
TSN: Los Angeles Kings forward Trevor Lewis is out indefinitely with an injured foot.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: A look at how a collection of apparently fake Twitter accounts started a troll campaign to support the Ottawa Senators after a video shot by an Uber driver show several Senators players mocking a member of their coaching staff was published by the Citizen and the Ottawa Sun.