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.
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.
Gusev did not play a single pro game last season under his 1 year ELC. It resulted in him not earning a pro year & missing out on Group 2 RFA status.
Meaning he could not receive an OS, & had no Arb rights. He could only negotiate a new deal with the club that owned his rights. https://t.co/aR6ZpDFgRx
— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) July 29, 2019
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.