NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 2, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 2, 2017

Stars play-by-play man Dave Strader passes away plus the latest notable preseason signings, roster cuts and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Dallas Stars play-by-play man Dave Strader died Sunday from cancer at age 62. Earlier this year, Strader received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for his broadcasting work. He is to be officially inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Strader’s family, friends, colleagues and the Stars organization. 

TSN: The St. Louis Blues signed forward Scottie Upshall to a one-year, one-way contract. Upshall spent September on a tryout with the Vancouver Canucks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s an affordable move bringing back Upshall, who’ll earn $800K on this one-year deal. 

NORTHJERSEY.COM: The New Jersey Devils signed forward Jimmy Hayes to a one-year, $700K contract. The Devils has invited Hayes to training camp on a tryout basis.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hayes showed some promise in 2014-15, netting 19 goals and 35 points with the Florida Panthers. He’s expected to fill a bottom-six role with the Devils, who need all the offense they can get. 

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers released forwards  Brandon Pirri and Harry Zolnierczyk from their PTO contracts. Owen Tippett, the Panthers’ first-round pick (10th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft, secure a roster spot.


EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers sent winger Jesser Puljujarvi to their AHL affiliate in Bakersfield and placed defenseman Mark Fayne on waivers. 

THE ATHLETIC: Detroit Red Wings defenseman Dylan McIlrath and goaltender Jared Coreau were among the notable names placed on waivers yesterday. 

LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Eric Gelinas signed an AHL contract with the Laval Rocket. 

AZCENTRAL.COM: Arizona Coyotes forward Max Domi created a stir on Twitter Sunday by caller for stricter immigration laws following a violent attack on Saturday night in Edmonton perpetrated by a Somali immigrant. Domi’s comments drew a mixed response from Twitter readers, prompting the winger to clarify his remarks insisting he wasn’t disrespecting any race or religion. Domi was born in Winnipeg and raised in Toronto.

CSN WASHINGTON: Capitals forward Tom Wilson could once again face disciplinary action after being ejected for the second time from a preseason game for a controversial hit. During Saturday’s games against the St. Louis Blues, Wilson received a major boarding penalty and game misconduct for a hit on Blues winger. Wilson was suspended for two preseason games for the first incident. 


Sunday NHL Free Agent Roundup – July 23, 2017

Sunday NHL Free Agent Roundup – July 23, 2017

Would Jaromir Jagr be a good fit with the Montreal Canadiens?

Looking at possible fits for five notable unrestricted free agents and possible UFA options for the Boston Bruins. 

ESPN.COM: Josh Cooper recently listed Jaromir Jagr, Jarome Iginla, Shane Doan, Thomas Vanek and Andrei Markov as his top five remaining NHL unrestricted free agents.

He suggests the Montreal Canadiens as the best fit for Jagr, though he also noted a Western Conference scout brought up the Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks as other possible options. He feels returning to the Calgary Flames would be a good fit for Iginla, suggesting their young players could benefit from his leadership. Heading to a team with cheaper young talent, such as the Winnipeg Jets, would be worthwhile for Doan. 

Cooper suggests returning to the Detroit Red Wings on a one-year deal would benefit Vanek, as he enjoyed success during his brief tenure last season in Motown. He notes the Canadiens have the salary-cap space to bring back Markov and wonders if they’ll do it. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Seems every time Jagr becomes a UFA there’s speculation linking him to the Canadiens. I’ll believe it when I see it. The Habs stress speed in their offensive attack so I don’t see how Jagr’s a fit there. They’d be better served bringing back Markov and probably will if the 38-year-old blueliner stops asking for a two-year, $12 million contract. Yes, he’s slowed a bit but remains an effective puck-moving rearguard.

Iginla and Doan returning to the cities where they began their NHL careers would be a fitting end to their respective playing careers. However, I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for either scenario. Vanek returning to Detroit is more likely if the Wings can free up sufficient cap space. 

CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty examines some possible UFA fits for the Boston Bruins. Defenseman Eric Gelinas could be an intriguing and affordable player for the Bruins defense. Haggerty feels Gelinas could benefit being away from the bad defensive situations he was in with the New Jersey Devils and Colorado Avalanche.

Haggerty doubts the Bruins are looking for a stopgap veteran forward. But if they are, he thinks Brian Gionta might be a better option than bringing back Jarome Iginla or Jaromir Jagr. If they want a scorer, Thomas Vanek might find chemistry with David Pastrnak and David Krejci on a small-money, short-term deal. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bringing in Vanek or Gelinas could be rewarding gambles for the Bruins, especially if they’re on economical one-year deals. They currently have over $12 million in salary cap space, though much of that will be taken up re-signing restricted free agents such as Pastrnak and Ryan Spooner, If the Bruins are to dip into the UFA bargain bin, I expect they’ll do so once they have their RFA situation sorted out.