NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 15, 2016
Game highlights, Ducks re-sign Rickard Rakell & more in your NHL morning headlines.
NHL.COM: Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl had three-point performances leading the Edmonton Oilers to a 5-3 victory over the Calgary Flames.
P.K. Subban scored in his first game with the Nashville Predators, who went on to edge the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2.
Sean Couturier scored twice and Travis Konecny had two assists as the Philadelphia Flyers doubled up the Los Angeles Kings 4-2. Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere took a skate blade to the face, but didn’t require stitches and returned to the game.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks yesterday re-signed restricted free agent forward Rickard Rakell to a six-year, $22.8 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s $3.8 million per season for the versatile Rakell, who established himself as a key part of the Ducks roster over the last two season. His new deal is one year longer and $800K per season more than I expected he’d get. If the Ducks had more depth in good young forwards, perhaps Rakell wouldn’t have received as much for as long. That’s not a knock against Rakell, merely an observation about the status of the Ducks’ forward lines. This signing leaves the Ducks with only $365K in cap space. With Hampus Lindholm still to be re-signed, they’ll have to shed a salary or two to get this done.
SPORTSNET’s Darren Millard reports Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (groin injury) could be out three-four months.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Kings current goalie tandem consists of backup Jeff Zatkoff and call-up Peter Budaj. If they struggle between the pipes in Quick’s absence, the Kings could be in the market for a short-term goalie upgrade.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Buffalo Sabres left wing Evander Kane (three cracked ribs) will be sidelined for weeks.
WINNIPEG SUN: Winnipeg Jets center Bryan Little is sidelined indefinitely with a lower-body injury.
TSN.CA: Dave Keon was named the greatest player in Toronto Maple Leafs history.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m old enough to remember Keon in his heyday and I agree that he’s the greatest Leaf of all time. He was a complete player and a key component in the Leafs four Stanley Cup championships in the 1960s, winning the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1961, the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy in 1962 and 1963 and the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1967.