NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 4, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 4, 2019

Marc Methot considering retirement, Chris Butler and Colin Greening hang up their skates, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

YARDBARKER: cites Le Droit’s Marc Brassard reporting NHL defenseman Marc Methot is considering retirement. The 34-year-old blueliner is still rehabbing from recent surgery on his left knee. However, he’s unsure if he’ll be able to play next season. Methot is considering a future in sports media, as he has a tryout with Ottawa’s TSN 1200 as a guest host today. 

Former Dallas Stars defenseman Marc Methot mulling retirement (Photo via NHLPA).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Methot made his NHL debut in 2007-08 with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He had his best seasons with the Ottawa Senators from 2012-13 to 2016-17. Nagging knee injuries, however, limited Methot to just 45 games over the last two seasons. 

STLTODAY.COM: Defenseman Chris Butler announced his retirement after 11 NHL seasons. He spent his first six seasons with the Buffalo Sabres and Calgary Flames. The St. Louis native spent his final five seasons with the Blues organization, though he spent most of that time skating with their AHL affiliate. Butler played 13 games with the Blues this season. He was called up for the playoffs and got to join in the on-ice celebrations when they won the Stanley Cup. 

THE TELEGRAM: Veteran forward Colin Greening is retiring as a player. He played for six seasons in the NHL with the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs. He spent the last three seasons with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, helping them win the Calder Cup in 2018. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed winger Joseph Blandisi to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700K at the NHL level. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens signed UFA forward Phil Varone to a one-year, two-way deal worth $700K at the NHL level. 

Leafs Trade Phaneuf to Senators in Multi-player Deal.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded defenseman Dion Phaneuf, forwards Matt Frattin, Casey Bailey, Ryan Rupert and defense prospect Cody Donaghey to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for defenseman Jared Cowen, forwards Colin Greening, Milan Michalek and Tobias Lindberg and a second-round draft pick in 2017. (more…)