NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 18, 2021

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 18, 2021

Carey Price, Vladimir Tarasenko, Gabriel Landeskog are among the notables to be left unprotected in the upcoming expansion draft, Miro Heiskanen among several players inking new contracts, and a roundup of yesterday’s notable trades in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NOTE: The NHL expansion draft roster freeze went into effect at 3 pm ET on Saturday. It will remain in effect until 1 pm EST on Thursday, July 22.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has agreed to waive his no-movement for the upcoming NHL expansion draft. He made that decision to enable the Canadiens to protect backup goalie Jake Allen.

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The gamble here for Price and the Canadiens is the Kraken could be put off by his contract, which has five years remaining at an annual average value of $10.5 million.

There are a couple of poison pills in this contract. If the Kraken select Price, they’ll have to pay him the $11 million signing bonus due in September. His no-movement clause would follow him to Seattle as he’s only waiving it in this instance for the expansion draft, not a trade. In other words, the Kraken would need his permission to trade or demote him.

THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche will expose Gabriel Landeskog in the expansion draft. The 28-year-old left-winger is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 28. This allows the Kraken to exclusively negotiate with Landeskog and perhaps sign him to a new contract before the draft on Wednesday night. If he does, he would become the Kraken’s expansion draft selection from the Avalanche.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s speculation Landeskog seeks a long-term deal worth between $9 million and $10 million annually. That would be a big contract for the Kraken to take on so early in their existence. They could, however, try to ink him to a multi-year deal worth around $7 million annually. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out.

STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues are believed to have left winger Vladimir Tarasenko exposed in the expansion draft. They could also leave defenseman Vince Dunn unprotected.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blues have been shopping both players. The Athletic’s Jeremy Rutherford reports a source said Tarasenko can’t believe he hasn’t been traded yet. Blues GM Doug Armstrong has told the winger’s camp that no teams are interested in him.

The source also said several teams have an interest in Tarasenko but Armstrong hasn’t found a suitable return. Another source told Rutherford there’s limited interest in the winger, who’s coming off three shoulder surgeries and carries a $7.5 million annual cap hit for the next two seasons.

SPORTSNET: cites Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli reporting the Los Angeles Kings will expose goaltender Jonathan Quick in the expansion draft.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise here. The Kings want to protect Quick’s heir apparent Cal Petersen. The 35-year-old netminder has two years remaining on his contract with an annual average value of $5.8 million.

FLORIDA HOCKEY NOW: The Kraken are reportedly close to signing Chris Driedger. The 27-year-old goaltender is slated to become a UFA on July 28. His camp received permission from the Panthers to speak to other clubs. If the Kraken sign Driedger, he’ll count as their selection from the Panthers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’ll be a big win for the Panthers as they won’t have to worry about losing another player from their expansion list. They had to protect goalie Sergei Bobrovsky because of his no-movement clause. Promising netminder Spencer Knight is exempt from this draft.

THE ATHLETIC: The Columbus Blue Jackets will expose Max Domi in the expansion draft. They’re betting Domi’s injured shoulder will deter the Kraken. He’s recovering from shoulder surgery and could miss the opening month or two of 2021-22.

NHL.COM: The Dallas Stars signed defenseman Miro Heiskanen to an eight-year contract extension worth an annual average value of $8.45 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was a wise long-term investment by the Stars. Heiskanen, 21, is completing his entry-level contract but he’s earned this new deal.

Over the past three seasons, he’s become the Stars’ best all-around defenseman. He regularly leads them in ice time, plays in every situation, and was their leading scorer in the 2020 postseason during their run to the Stanley Cup Final. This kid is a future Norris Trophy contender. His new contract will look like a bargain in a few years.

In other signings yesterday, the New York Islanders re-signed defenseman Andy Greene to a one-year, $1 million contract, the Anaheim Ducks signed winger Alexander Volkov to a one-year, $925K contract extension, and the Tampa Bay Lightning inked defenseman Fredrik Claesson to a one-year, two-way contract.

Several trades were made yesterday, the biggest being the Nashville Predators shipping Ryan Ellis to the Philadelphia Flyers in a three-team deal. You can read my take here. Other deals of note:

The New York Rangers acquired forward Barclay Goodrow from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for their seventh-round pick in the 2022 draft. The Rangers also traded forward Brett Howden to the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2022 draft (originally belonging to the Winnipeg Jets) and impending free-agent defenseman Nick DeSimone.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The first piece of the Lightning’s 2021 Stanley Cup championship roster has departed. Expect more cost-cutting moves by the Bolts in the coming days/weeks as they attempt to become cap compliant for next season.

The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired forward Jared McCann from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for prospect forward Filip Hallander and a seventh-round pick in 2023.

The Vancouver Canucks acquired forward Jason Dickinson from the Dallas Stars in exchange for their third-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.

The Arizona Coyotes acquired winger Andrew Ladd, a second-round pick in the 2021 draft, a second-round pick in 2022 and a third-round pick in 2023 from the New York Islanders. The Coyotes also traded goaltender Adin Hill to the San Jose Sharks for goaltender Josef Korenar and a second-round pick in 2022.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This move comes on the heels of the Islanders shipping Nick Leddy to the Detroit Red Wings on Friday. They have been trying to move Ladd’s contract for some time. He spent all of this season with their AHL affiliate. He has two seasons remaining on his contract with an annual average value of $5.5 million, giving the Isles some much-needed cap space for other moves, such as re-signing restricted free agents Anthony Beauvillier, Adam Pelech and Ilya Sorokin.

It’s interesting that there was nothing listed in the Ladd trade report of the Coyotes sending anything the other way to the Isles. Perhaps they’re getting “future considerations.”










What Next For the Arizona Coyotes?

What Next For the Arizona Coyotes?

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 16, 2020

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 16, 2020

The Islanders stave off elimination, the Capitals hire Peter Laviolette as their new head coach, the Wild re-sign Jonas Brodin, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The New York Islanders live to play another day after edging the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in double overtime during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final. Jordan Eberle tallied the game-winner, forcing a sixth game on Thursday. The Lightning hold a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Semyon Varlamov made 36 saves for the win. Ryan Pulock opened the scoring in the first period but Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman tied it with his eighth goal of the postseason. Lightning center Brayden Point missed the game with an undisclosed injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Lightning controlled the play for most of this game but the Isles hung in there for the win. They blew a couple of opportunities to score the go-ahead goal during regulation, including Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s lame attempt to pass on a two-on-one that was broken up by Zach Bogosian and a long opportunity on a delayed penalty where they failed to find the back of the net with six attackers. Nevertheless, they prevailed and have another chance to keep their Stanley Cup dreams alive on Thursday.

NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: The Capitals yesterday named Peter Laviolette as their new head coach.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Capitals general manager Brian McLellan sought an experienced no-nonsense bench boss and he’s got one in Laviolette. He has 18 seasons of NHL experience with the New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes, Philadelphia Flyers and Nashville Predators. He won the Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006 and guided the Flyers and Predators to the Stanley Cup Final.

There was a sense the Capitals were lackadaisical this season, especially during the playoffs. They won’t get away with that under Laviolette.

TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild yesterday re-signed defenseman Jonas Brodin to a seven-year, $42-million contract extension beginning in 2021-22.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Brodin was mentioned as a possible trade candidate this season. This signing indicates GM Bill Guerin sees him as a key part of the Wild’s roster. Brodin also has a full no-movement clause in the first four years of his new contract, which extends the one he has for 2020-21.

This signing sparked speculation over Matt Dumba’s future with the Wild. You can read more about that in today’s Rumor Mill update.

RDS.CA: The Montreal Canadiens are reportedly close to re-signing recently-acquired defenseman Joel Edmundson. The deal could be between three-to-five years, with a cap hit of $3.5 million or $4 million, depending on the duration.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The addition of Edmundson has generated rumors suggesting the Canadiens could move a left-side defenseman for a scoring forward. Check out the details in today’s Rumor Mill.

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes re-signed goaltender Adin Hill to a one-year, one-way contract worth $800K.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Coyotes insider Craig Morgan speculates Hill will become the leading candidate as the club’s backup next season if they trade Darcy Kuemper or Antti Raanta.

Speaking of the Coyotes, the leading candidate for their vacant general manager position is St. Louis Blues assistant GM Bill Armstrong.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars GM Jim Nill said interim head coach Rick Bowness has earned the right to return as head coach. Nill and Bowness have an agreement to discuss the matter following the playoffs.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, the job is Bowness’ if he wants it.

TSN: The Florida Panthers have parted ways with assistant coach Mike Kitchen for allegedly kicking a player on the bench during a game this season.

CALGARY SUN: Noted NHL author Kirstie McLellan Day is taking Hall-of-Famer Lanny McDonald to court after he withdrew his approval of a biography at the last minute. She’s seeking a court order to have the book published.










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 4, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 4, 2019

The latest contract signings and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

The Buffalo Sabres avoid arbitration with goaltender Linus Ullmark (Photo via NHL Images).

WGR 550: The Buffalo Sabres avoided arbitration with defenseman Jake McCabe and goaltender Linus Ullmark. McCabe signed a two-year, $5.7-million contract with an annual average value of $2.85 million. Ullmark inked a one-year, $1.325-million deal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cap Friendly indicates the Sabres sit $1.059 million above the $81.5-million salary cap. General manager Jason Botterill could become cap compliant with a cost-cutting deal. Defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen ($5.4 million AAV) is frequently mentioned as a possible trade candidate, though the expectation is he could be shopped for a top-six forward.

Botterill could go the buyout route or demote one or two lower-salaried players. If defenseman Zach Bogosian ($5.14 million AAV) hasn’t recovered from recent hip surgery by the start of the season he could be placed on long-term injury reserve.

THE ATHLETIC: Scott Powers recently reported the Chicago Blackhawks and forward Brandon Perlini are about $500K apart in contract negotiations. The Blackhawks have between $1.5 – $2.5 million in cap space. A source said the Blackhawks offered a $1-million cap hit while the Perlini camp seeks around $1.5 million.

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes goaltender Adin Hill accepted his qualifying offer. It’s a one-year, two-way contract.

TVA SPORTS: The Minnesota Wild have sought permission from the Montreal Canadiens to speak with assistant general manager Scott Mellanby. The Wild are seeking a replacement for Paul Fenton, who was fired on Tuesday.










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 4, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 4, 2019

Game recaps plus updates on Roberto Luongo, Erik Karlsson, Ryan Kesler, Glen Sather, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Jonathan Toews scored the only goal in a shootout as the Chicago Blackhawks edged the St. Louis Blues 4-3. Toews set a personal best with 45 goals on the season while teammate Patrick Kane hit a career-high 107 points for the Blackhawks, who were officially eliminated from playoff contention on Tuesday. The loss prevented the Blues (95 points) from moving into a tie for first place in the Central Division.

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews tallied his career-high 45th goal of the season in a 4-3 shootout win over the St. Louis Blues (Photo via NHL Images)

The Anaheim Ducks upset the Calgary Flames 3-1 thanks to a 25-save performance by goalie Ryan Miller. Flames winger Johnny Gaudreau collected an assist for his 98th point of the season. Speaking of the Ducks, their medical staff have set up appointments with hip specialists for sidelined center Ryan Kesler to determine whether he can continue his playing career. 

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist came up short in his effort to secure his 450th career victory in a 4-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators. Brady Tkachuk and Colin White each had two points for the Senators, who tallied four straight goals for the win. Speaking of the Rangers, Glen Sather is reportedly on the verge of stepping down as team president. He’s been part of their front office as general manager and president since 2000. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: TSN’s Bob McKenzie cites sources saying this is Sather’s call and he’ll still be an advisor to executive chairman and CEO of MSG. 

THE SCORE: Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo remains undecided if he’ll return for another season. He has three years remaining on his contract but injuries have hindered the 40-year-old netminder, raising speculation this season could be his last.

NBC SPORTS: San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson is inching closer to returning from a lower-body injury that’s sidelined him since late-February. He participated in team practice on Wednesday. He’s vowed to be 100 percent when the playoffs open next week.

THE HOCKEY NEWS: Carolina Hurricanes captain Justin Williams isn’t ruling out returning for next season. He’s having one of his best offensive performances in years and played a key role in the club’s rise into playoff contention. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes have recalled Adin Hill following an injury to starting goaltender Darcy Kuemper on Tuesday. 

TSN: The NHL and NHL Players Association have agreed to extend the current playoff format through next season. The matter will continue to be discussed between the two sides. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Reading the tea leaves, perhaps this is another indication that a new collective bargaining agreement could be in place before September 2020. The league and the PA each have the opportunity for an early “opt-out” of the current CBA this September but there’s speculation the two sides could reach a new agreement before then. 

NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils hired Tyler Dellow as their vice president of analytics. Dellow is a former analytics blogger who worked for two seasons as a consultant with the Edmonton Oilers (2014 to 2016) and recently wrote for The Athletic.