Where Are They Now? 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins
Updates on the Hurricanes, Coyotes, Penguins and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Peter Karmanos Jr, majority owner of the Carolina Hurricanes, is considering a $500 million offer to purchase the club by an ownership group that includes Chuck Greenberg, a former part owner and CEO of Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers. If the offer is accepted, the Hurricanes will not leave Raleigh.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Karmanos has searched for a buyer for some time, though if memory serves he was also hoping to maintain a measure of control over the club. It could take time to finalize this potential sale. Karmanos could even reject the offer. Despite assurances claiming the Hurricanes won’t relocate, some of their fans could be nervous over the team’s future. A stable ownership group, however, should ensure the franchise stays put.
ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes owner Andrew Barroway remains adamant that a new arena for his club will be built closer to Phoenix. The Coyotes’ hiring of former Arizona State University athletic director Steve Patterson as their new president and CEO is seen as a promising sign that this new venue will eventually be constructed. Barroway also apologized to former Coyotes captain Shane Doan and the team’s fans over the clumsy way the winger was informed that the club wouldn’t offer him a new contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Doan situation aside, Barroway’s takeover of the Coyotes as its sole owner – as well as recent shakeups in the front office, behind the bench and on the roster – are seen as potentially bringing stability to the organization following years of uncertainty over its future in Arizona. The team’s on-ice performance in 2017-18 could be the earliest indicator of its direction.
MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings and Tomas Tatar reportedly remain far apart in contract negotiations. The Tatar camp rejected a five-year offer worth $5 million annually, preferring six- or seven-years at closer to $6 million per season. Tatar’s salary arbitration date is July 20.
TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins hired former defenseman Sergei Gonchar as an assistant coach. Gonchar spent five seasons with the Penguins from 2005-06 to 2009-10, playing a significant role in their rise to Stanley Cup contention and their championship run in 2009.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Former Oilers captain Andrew Ference officially announced his retirement. He played 16 seasons in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Calgary Flames, Boston Bruins and the Oilers. He was part of the Bruins’ Stanley Cup championship run in 2011.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Ference and his family in his future endeavors.
CALGARY SUN: The Flames avoided salary arbitration with forward Micheal Ferland, signing him to a two-year, $3.5 million contract
VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks re-signed forward Michael Chaput to a one-year, one-way contract worth over $687K.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators released their 20th anniversary logo.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cue the “Eye of the Tiger” jokes.
Former NHL goaltender Jhonas Enroth signed a one year deal with the KHL’s Dinamo Minsk.
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