The Nashville Predators re-sign Viktor Arvidsson to a seven-year contract.
Predators re-sign Viktor Arvidsson plus updates on Brian Dumoulin, Ryan Spooner and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators agreed to a new seven-year, $29.75 million contract with winger Viktor Arvidsson. The two sides took part in an arbitration hearing on Saturday but came to terms on a new deal before the arbiter reached a decision.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Arvidsson’s new contract carries an annual average value of $4.25 million, which is a significant pay raise over the $630K AAV of his previous deal. The 24-year-old enjoyed a breakout performance last season, tallying 31 goals and 61 points, tying the team lead in goals (with Filip Forsberg) and points (with Ryan Johansen). Should Arvidsson maintain that level of production, this contract will be considered another economical signing by Predators GM David Poile.
NBC SPORTS: The Predators next order of business is re-signing forward Austin Watson, who’s scheduled for arbitration on Monday. Watson seeks a one-year deal worth $1.4 million and the Preds offered $700K.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin also has an arbitration hearing on Monday. The 25-year-old blueliner seeks a one-year contract worth $4.35 million. The Penguins countered with $1.95 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Holy lowball, Batman, the Pens offer is almost insulting. Granted, it’s a significant raise over the $800K AAV Dumoulin earned on his previous contract, but he’s clearly worth more than $1.95 million. My guess is they’ll settle on a four-year deal worth $3.5 million per season, though it wouldn’t surprise me if this turns into a Colton Parayko situation where they agree to a long-term contract with an annual cap hit much higher than their proposed numbers.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: The agent for Bruins forward Ryan Spooner indicates his client’s arbitration hearing could take place on Wednesday.
ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes avoided arbitration with forward Jordan Martinook, signing him to a two-year contract with an annual average value of $1.8 million.
The Washington Capitals are reportedly close to re-signing winger T.J. Oshie.
Capitals reportedly close to re-signing Oshie plus updates on the Penguins, Predators, Senators & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
CSN MID-ATLANTIC: cites Sportsnet’s John Shannon yesterday saying a deal between the Washington Capitals and pending free agent winger T.J. Oshie is “all but done.” No word as to the details or when it could be announced. Oshie, 30, is completing a five-year contract with an annual average salary of $4.175 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to see how long this deal could be and for how much. My guess is it’ll be for five years and worth between $5.5 – $6 million annually. The Capitals currently have over $50 million invested in 11 players for next season. Oshie, Kevin Shattenkirk, Karl Alzner and Justin Williams are their notable UFAs and Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov and Andre Burakovsky are among their restricted free agents.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Speaking of the Capitals, they will reportedly play the Toronto Maple Leafs at the US Naval Academy on March 3, 2018.
THE TENNESSEAN: Jim Balsillie’s failed attempt to buy and move the Nashville Predators in 2007, a rivalry with Chicago Blackhawks fans and the Preds’ gold jerseys are among eight reasons why the club’s fan base turned into a powerhouse.
TRIBLIVE.COM: With Kris Letang sidelined, Brian Dumoulin has taken on a larger role on the Pittsburgh Penguins blueline.
NHL.COM: Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson will undergo an MRI and x-rays on his injured left heel.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators winger Clarke MacArthur hopes to receive a clean bill of health to play next season. While he returned to action after an 18-month battle with concussion symptoms, he admitted to some neck discomfort during the playoffs.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators goaltender Craig Anderson’s wife Nicholle recently learned her throat cancer is now in remission.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to the Andersons as Nicholle completes her recovery.
SPORTSNET: Senators winger Bobby Ryan isn’t concerned about the possibility of being selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in next month’s expansion draft. “For me? Are they going to take $7 million? No. I’m good,” Ryan said through a chuckle.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ryan has a no-movement clause but apparently the wording in his contract allows him to be unprotected in the expansion draft without his permission. His improved play in the 2017 playoffs could ensure he’s protected in the draft, but he makes a good point about how his annual salary could be a turnoff for the Golden Knights.
NBC SPORTS: Arizona Coyotes forward Tobias Rieder underwent ankle surgery and will require 8-to-12 weeks to recover.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks re-signed defenseman Michal Kempny to a one-year extension worth $900,000.
THE PROVINCE: The Vancouver Canucks could make a pitch to host the 2019 NHL Draft.
St. Louis Blues forward Robby Fabbri scores one of his three goals against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Game recaps, Blackhawks re-sign Panarin and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.com: Sidney Crosby tallied his league-leading 26th goal and Marc-Andre Fleury made 19 saves in relief of an injured Matt Murray (lower body) as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2.
Murray suffered the injury late in the second period. No word yet as to the severity. Earlier in the day, the Penguins learned defenseman Brian Dumoulin will miss four-to-six weeks with a broken jaw.
Robby Fabbri’s hat trick carried the St. Louis Blues to a 6-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers, spoiling the return of Flyers center Sean Couturier from a knee injury.
Tyler Johnson’s overtime goal capped a 4-3 comeback victory for the Tampa Bay Lightning over the Montreal Canadiens. The Bolts were down 3-1 but third-period goals from Victor Hedman and Ondrej Palat sparked their rally. The Lightning were playing without center Valtteri Filppula, who was scratched from the game for missing a team meeting.
Ryan Miller made 36 saves backstopping the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Earlier in the day, the Kings placed forward Tyler Toffoli (lower body) on injured reserve.
The Toronto Maple Leafs blew a 2-0 lead in the third period against the Florida Panthers, but Mitch Marner’s shootout goal gave them a 3-2 victory. Panthers center Aleksander Barkov left the game with an undisclosed injury. No update yet as to his status.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks yesterday announced the re-signing of winger Artemi Panarin to a two-year, $12-million contract extension. The new deal, which pays Panarin $6 million per season, goes into effect in 2017-18.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a compromise deal for both sides. Panarin, the 2016 Calder Memorial Trophy winner and current Blackhawks’ leading scorer, gets a fair and well-deserved raise. The Hawks aren’t locked into a more expensive long-term deal with him just yet, pushing that inevitability ahead by two years. It was assumed Panarin would seek an eight-year deal worth around $7 million annually, but he was obviously willing to accept a shorter deal for less money to stay with the Blackhawks.
However, this new deal creates a significant problem for the ‘Hawks next season. With over $66 million invested in 15 players for 2017-18, the Blackhawks could have at most around $9 million remaining (assuming a $75 million cap ceiling) to re-sign other players and fill out the rest of their roster. I’ll examine how they could handle this later today in the Rumor section.
YAHOO SPORTS: (stick tap to GJ Berg): Long-time San Jose Sharks stars Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau aren’t sweating questions about their futures. Both are eligible for unrestricted free agency in July.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given Thornton’s still playing well for someone who’s 37, I expect the Sharks will re-sign him to a two-year deal for perhaps around $6 million annually. Marleau, also 37, is in obvious decline. I think this season will not only be his last with the Sharks, but also the final one of his long NHL career.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators goaltender Craig Anderson isn’t expected to return for a while. Anderson’s on a personal leave of absence to be with his wife Nicholle, who is undergoing cancer treatments.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty believes the struggling Boston Bruins are in need of a shakeup and advocates replacing head coach Claude Julien.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Remains to be seen if the Bruins follow Haggerty’s advice. They could be reluctant to make that move while they’re still clinging to a postseason berth. If the losses start piling up and knock them out of playoff contention, Julien could be in jeopardy of losing his job.
NORTHJERSEY.COM/NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils placed center Vernon Fiddler (lower body) on injured reserve, while listing left wing Taylor Hall (lower body) as day-to-day.
CALGARY SUN: Flames winger Troy Brouwer (broken finger) is listed as week-to-week.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner (abdominal surgery) will miss the next four-to-six weeks.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets demoted Andrew Copp and Brandon Tanev to the minors.