NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 16, 2021

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 16, 2021

The Avalanche trade Ryan Graves to the Devils, the Panthers buy out Keith Yandle, Ben Bishop agrees to waive NMC for the expansion draft, Leafs give Zach Hyman permission to speak to other clubs, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

THE DENVER POST/NORTHJERSEY.COM: The Colorado Avalanche last night traded defenseman Ryan Graves to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for forward Mikhail Maltsev and a second-round pick in the 2021 NHL draft.

The Colorado Avalanche trade Ryan Graves to the New Jersey Devils (NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Avalanche risked losing Graves to the Seattle Kraken for nothing in next week’s expansion draft. They get a promising young forward in Maltsev and replace the second-round pick they shipped to the New York Islanders last fall for Devon Toews. The move also gives the Avs some much-needed salary-cap relief, replacing Graves’ $3.21 million annual average value with Maltsev’s $925K for 2021-22.

Graves, 26, established himself as a quality top-four defenseman during his tenure with the Avalanche. The 6’5”, 220-pounder brings a good mix of size, physical play and a solid defensive game to the Devils’ blueline.

NBC SPORTS: The Florida Panthers have bought out the remaining two years of Keith Yandle’s contract. The 34-year-old defenseman had an annual average value of $6.35 million. The first year of the buyout will count as $2.34 million against the Panthers’ cap for 2021-22, jumping to $5.3 million for 2022-23, and dropping to $1.24 million annually for the final two seasons.

They also re-signed winger Anthony Duclair to a three-year, $9 million contract and defenseman Gustav Forsling to a three-year, $7.98 million deal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Things were coming to a head between Yandle and the Panthers this season. He was nearly a healthy scratch to start the season, which would’ve threatened his Ironman consecutive games streak. He was scratched from three postseason games. This move freed up immediate cap room to address other needs.

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars goaltender Ben Bishop agreed to waive his no-movement clause for the upcoming expansion draft. That will allow the Stars to protect goalie Anton Khudobin as promising Jake Oettinger is exempt from the draft.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bishop missed all of this season recovering from a knee injury. His lengthy injury history likely means the Kraken will pass on selecting him in next week’s draft.

THE SCORE: cited TSN’s Darren Dreger reporting the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing Zach Hyman to speak with other teams. The 29-year-old left-winger is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 28.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s a chance the Leafs could match the best offer but that appears slim. I’ll have more on Hyman in today’s Rumor Mill.

TSN: Darren Dreger speculates Shea Weber’s situation could end in a dispute between the NHL and NHLPA if the league doesn’t allow the Canadiens to put the 35-year-old defenseman on long-term injury reserve. Weber’s career is in jeopardy from the effects of multiple injuries suffered over the past four seasons. He’s reportedly expected to miss the entire 2021-22 season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Everyone is waiting for clarity on this before deciding what to do next. Weber is reportedly getting a second medical opinion. Dreger indicated the timing of this situation is what’s clouding the issue with the expansion draft coming up.

THE SCORE: Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins said Matiss Kivlenieks died a hero during the memorial service for his late teammate. Kivlenieks died at age 24 from chest trauma from a fireworks mortar blast. The tube tilted and started firing toward a hot tub. Merzlikins and his pregnant wife were nearby. He said the young goaltender sacrificed his life to protect others

SPECTOR’S NOTE: RIP Matiss, your last save was your biggest.

CALGARY SUN: The Flames signed winger Brett Ritchie to a one-year, $900K contract.

THE MERCURY NEWS: The San Jose Sharks re-signed center Dylan Gambrell to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 1, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 1, 2018

Update on Patrick Eaves, Rangers re-sign Ryan Spooner, Bruins to retire Rick Middleton’s number and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

Anaheim Ducks winger Patrick Eaves missed most of last season to a post-viral syndrome. (Photo via NHL Images)

  SPORTSNET: Anaheim Ducks winger Patrick Eaves is looking forward to returning to action in 2018-19 after missing all but two games last season to a post-viral syndrome and a nagging shoulder problem. 

NEW YORK POST: The Rangers avoided salary arbitration with forward Ryan Spooner as the two sides agreed to a two-year, $8-million contract. The annual average value is $4 million. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks defenseman Gustav Forsling underwent surgery on his right wrist yesterday and will be sidelined for at least 14 weeks. He’ll miss training camp and could return to the lineup by early-November. 

TVA SPORTS’ Renaud Lavoie reports the Winnipeg Jets re-signed center Nicolas (Nic) Petain to a one-year, two-way deal worth over $874K at the NHL level.

BOSTON HERALD: The Bruins will retire Rick Middleton’s No. 16 at a pregame ceremony on Nov. 29. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Middleton spent 12 of his 14 NHL seasons with the Bruins from 1976-77 to 1987-88. Nicknamed “Nifty” for his dazzling offensive skills, he tallied 40-plus goals five times and 80-or-more points six times. In 1,005 NHL contests, he scored 448 goals and 540 assists for 988 points, along with 100 points in 114 playoff games. 

TSN: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman “says the league wants a cut of gambling profits if its intellectual property, data or video from games are used.”

SEATTLE TIMES: Renovations for KeyArena will now cost an estimated $700 million. The $100 million price increase is considered necessary to ensure for upgrades needed to turn the arena “into a “top-third” revenue producer for both the NHL and NBA.”