NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 12, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 12, 2019

Updates on Connor McDavid and Mikko Rantanen, the latest contract signings, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

SPORTSNET: Edmonton Oilers general manager Ken Holland said team captain Connor McDavid may not see any playing time during the pre-season schedule. The 22-year-old center continues to rehab a knee injury suffered during the club’s final game last season.

THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche will open training camp today without Mikko Rantanen. The 21-year-old forward remains in Finland awaiting a new contract with the Avs. Rantanen said he wasn’t panicking, adding he was prepared for this possibility.

As the Colorado Avalanche open training camp, winger Mikko Rantanen remains in Finland awaiting a new contract (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As training camps open, several notable young restricted free agents like Rantanen remain unsigned. It’ll be interesting to see how long negotiations drag on and the effect upon their respective clubs’ training camp plans.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON: The Bruins yesterday announced head coach Bruce Cassidy signed a three-year contract extension worth $3 million annually.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise here. The Bruins made significant strides under Cassidy’ coaching, reaching the 2019 Stanley Cup Final.

TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild re-signed winger Kevin Fiala to a two-year, $6-million contract with an annual average value of $3 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After a promising 23-goal, 48-point performance in 2017-18 with the Nashville Predators, Fiala’s production tumbled to 39 points split between the Predators and Wild. The 23-year-old must regain his ’17-’18 form if he hopes to ink a more lucrative deal in two years.

CALGARY SUN: After buying out Michael Stone’s contract last month, the Flames signed the 29-year-old defenseman to a one-year, $700K contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The NHL CBA continues to reveal interesting surprises. For years, it was assumed a team had to wait a full year from the date of the buyout to bring back a bought-out player. Cap Friendly reveals that’s not the case. Apparently, that one-year wait period only applied to players receiving compliance buyouts in 2013 and 2014.

NEW YORK POST: The Rangers signed winger Brendan Lemieux to a one-year deal worth just over $874K. The Rangers also signed defenseman Joe Morrow to a professional tryout offer.

SPORTSNET: Former Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli will work as a consultant with the St. Louis Blues.

TSN: Former Vancouver Canucks player Chris Higgins has joined the club as assistant director of player development. Dan Cloutier, meanwhile, resigned as goaltender coach after eight seasons.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 30, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 30, 2019

The Golden Knights trade Nikita Gusev to the Devils, Denis Potvin retires from broadcasting, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NJ.COM/LAS VEGAS SUN: The Vegas Golden Knights yesterday traded winger Nikita Gusev to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a 2021 second-round pick and a 2020 third-round selection. Gusev also signed a two-year, $9-million contract with the Devils. The annual average value is $4.5 million.

New Jersey Devils acquire Nikita Gusev from the Vegas Golden Knights (Photo via NHL.com).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Golden Knights didn’t want to move Gusev, who starred in the KHL and could blossom into an NHL scorer. Limited salary-cap space and a rumored $2-million gap between the winger’s asking price and the Golden Knights’ offer left them no choice. The Athletic’s Jesse Granger reported the Golden Knights looked into moving Ryan Reaves and Nick Holden but couldn’t find any takers.

Gusev is the latest affordable acquisition by Devils general manager Ray Shero this summer. Last month, he picked up superstar defenseman P.K. Subban from the Nashville Predators for a song. Earlier this month, he inked veteran winger Wayne Simmonds to a one-year, $5-million deal.

Gusev is a low-risk pick-up for the Devils. If he doesn’t pan out, the Devils can be rid of him in two years. If he plays well, he could help the Devils become a playoff contender.

With over $12 million in salary-cap space, Shero has plenty of room to make another move. The Devils could use an experienced left-side defenseman and former Toronto Maple Leafs blueliner Jake Gardiner is available.


ARIZONA SPORTS: The sale of the Coyotes to businessman Alex Meruelo was completed yesterday, making him the sole majority owner of the club. Former majority owner Andrew Barroway will retain a minority stake and become one of the club’s alternate governors.

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Hockey Hall of Famer Denis Potvin has retired as the color analyst of the Florida Panthers. He’d held that role since the club’s inaugural season in 1993-94.

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks are looking at hiring former player Chris Higgins as part of their player development department. He spent half of his 11-season NHL career with the Canucks, who bought out the remainder of his contract in 2016.

NEW YORK POST: The Rangers hired former Philadelphia Flyers assistant coach Kris Knoblauch as head coach of their AHL affilliate in Hartford.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 31, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 31, 2016

Latest contract news plus updates on Ryan Callahan, Blake Wheeler & more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines.

Carolina Hurricanes extend the contract of general manager Ron Francis.

Carolina Hurricanes extend the contract of general manager Ron Francis.

 THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes signed general manager Ron Francis to a contract extension to 2018-19. In a statement, team owner Peter Karmanos Jr. praised Francis for rebuilding the Hurricanes “the right way, stocking our team and system with young players who will help this franchise compete for the Stanley Cup year in and year out.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  The Hurricanes are stocked with promising young players, especially on their blue line. The club was competitive throughout last season and came very close to reaching the postseason. They could contend for a playoff berth this season.

THE BOSTON GLOBE:  The Bruins signed former New York Rangers center Dominic Moore to a one-year, $900K contract. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is an affordable depth signing by the Bruins. Moore, 36, will bring experienced depth to their checking lines. 

NHL.COM: Former Vancouver Canucks winger Chris Higgins joins the Calgary Flames on a professional tryout offer. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets signed UFA center Jarret Stoll to a PTO contract.

WINNIPEG SUN: Now mature and comfortable in his role as a top-10 scorer and team leader, Blake Wheeler is considered a candidate to become captain of the Winnipeg Jets. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES:  Lightning winger Ryan Callahan (hip surgery) is expected to return to action in mid-November. 

THE WASHINGTON POST: Restricted free agent defenseman Dmitri Orlov remains unsigned, but the Capitals see him filling a bigger role this season on their blueline. 

THE DETROIT NEWS:  Former Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood is joining the ownership of the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit.