NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 30, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 30, 2019

Some fallout from the Penguins trading Phil Kessel to the Coyotes, Ryan Spooner, and Valeri Nichushkin to be bought out, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

THE SCORE: cites reports indicating Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford and Phil Kessel disagree over the latter’s trade demands. After shipping Kessel last night to the Arizona Coyotes, Rutherford claimed the winger asked to be traded several times. Kessel claims Rutherford is mistaken, adding Rutherford met with him once and told him he would never be a Penguin again.

Phil Kessel disagrees with Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford over his trade requests (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Regardless of who said what, the fact remains Kessel is now with the Coyotes and the Penguins got a decent return and freed up some valuable salary-cap space. 

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks yesterday placed forward Ryan Spooner on unconditional waivers to buy out his contract. “By buying Spooner out, the Canucks reduce his cap hit to $1.033 million for each of the next two seasons. The Rangers, who had retained 22.5 percent of his salary when they traded him to the Oilers, will have their cap hit reduced to $300,000.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like the Canucks are freeing up salary-cap room to make a significant signing when the unrestricted free agent market opens at noon ET tomorrow. It’s assumed they’re pursuing a defenseman like Tyler Myers or Jake Gardiner. 

SPORTSDAY: The Dallas Stars placed winger Valeri Nichushkin on unconditional waivers to buy out his contract. The move “allows the Stars to clear $2.25 million in cap space next season while adding $450,000 against the cap in 2020-21.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  The once-promising Nichushkin was never the same after suffering a knee injury in his sophomore season in 2014-15. This move will be seen as freeing up cap room to either re-sign pending UFA winger Mats Zuccarello or pursue Joe Pavelski in the free-agent market. 

TSN: The Toronto Maple Leafs hired former Philadelphia Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol as an assistant coach. They also re-signed defenseman Martin Marincin to a one-year, $700K contract.

CALGARY SUN: The Flames re-signed forward Alan Quine to a one-year, two-way deal worth $735K at the NHL level.



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 15, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 15, 2017

Tampa Bay Lightning re-sign left wing Ondrej Palat to a five-year contract.

Latest contract signings and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning yesterday avoided salary arbitration with left wing Ondrej Palat by signing him to a five-year, $26.5 million contract. The Lightning also signed Michael Bournival to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650K.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Palat’s annual average salary is $5.3 million, which is slightly more than Tyler Johnson’s $5 million annual cap hit though the latter’s contract is for seven years.

It’s another affordable re-signing by Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman, who’s done a good job convincing most of his core players to accept less than market value to remain in Tampa Bay. The Bolts now have over $71 million invested in 22 players for 2017-18. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Stu Cowan believes it appears increasingly unlikely defenseman Andrei Markov will return to the Montreal Canadiens. 

THE DETROIT NEWS: A report out of Slovakia claims winger Tomas Tatar wants to stay with the Red Wings. His agent claims Tatar has “an excellent relationship” with Wings GM Ken Holland. The winger also thinks he should stop talking to the media about his contract negotiations.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s always best not to reveal too much to the press about your contract talks. Tatar’s arbitration hearing is slated for July 20, so we’ll find out very soon just how great his relationship with Holland really is. 

TSN: Retired New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein signed a one-year deal with ZSC Lions in Zurich, Switzerland. Meanwhile, former NHL winger R.J. Umberger will attempt a comeback with the Dallas Stars this fall on a tryout basis. 

AZCENTRAL.COM: The Arizona Coyotes are discussing a one- or two-year deal with winger Anthony Duclair.

CALGARY SUN: The Flames signed winger Curtis Lazar to a two-year deal worth $950K annually.  

CSNNE.COM: The Boston Bruins re-signed goaltenders Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre to identical two-year, two-way contracts worth $650K at the NHL level. 

LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: The Kings signed defenseman Kevin Gravel to a one-year, $650K contract and Paul LaDue to a one-year, two-way deal worth over $874K at the NHL level. 

FORBES.COM: Mike Ozanian calls a report of an offer to purchase the Carolina Hurricanes for around $500 million “fake news.” Businessman Chuck Greenberg is part of an ownership group based in Texas apparently interested in acquiring the Hurricanes and keeping them in Raleigh.

Ozanian said Greenberg has only submitted a non-binding letter of intent,  the proposed purchase price is nowhere near $500 million and Greenberg apparently isn’t even close to raising the cash to buy the club.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This comes only a day after the news of Greenberg’s apparent interest in the Hurricanes. It’ll be interesting to see how this story develops in the coming days. 


Analysis of Notable NHL Trade Deadline Day Deals

Analysis of Notable NHL Trade Deadline Day Deals

A three-way trade involving defenseman Mark Streit was the highlight of a rather dull 2017 NHL trade deadline.

The NHL’s 2017 Trade Deadline is history and boy, was it ever a dud. Notables stars such as Kevin Shattenkirk and Ben Bishop were dealt before deadline day, leaving little available talent in the trade market.  Anyway, here’s my take on the day’s few noteworthy deals.

The Philadelphia Flyers trade defenseman Mark Streit to the Tampa Bay Lightning for center Valtteri Filppula and two picks in the 2017 NHL draft. The Lightning then flip Streit to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a fourth rounder in 2018.

Analysis: A rare three-way deal that sees Streit go from the Flyers to their long-time rival in Pittsburgh via Tampa Bay. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman deserves a round of applause for his creativity. He cleared Filppula’s $5 million cap hit  from his books for next season, giving his club more cap space to re-sign young forwards such as Jonathan Drouin, Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat. They also rid themselves of Filppula’s no-movement clause, allowing them to protect a younger player in the expansion draft. 

The Penguins win as well, adding an experienced puck-mover blueliner to their banged-up defense corps. As for the Flyers, Filppula could help take some pressure off center and team captain Claude Giroux in Philadelphia. He’s got another year remaining on his contract, but it remains to be seen if he’ll still be with the Flyers after this season. They could leave him exposed in the expansion draft if his no-movement clause is voided by accepting a trade to Philadelphia.

The Detroit Red Wings trade left wing Thomas Vanek to the Florida Panthers for defenseman Dylan McIlrath and a conditional third-round pick in 2017. The Wings also pick up half of Vanek’s $2.6 million cap hit.

Analysis: Panthers GM Dale Tallon sought a scoring forward to bolster his club’s sagging power play. Vanek, 33, enjoyed a bounce-back performance with the Wings this season, netting 38 points in 48 games, with 11 of those coming with the man advantage. Despite Vanek’s improvement, he still has a reputation for inconsistency and soft play in tough games. If he can help the Panthers clinch a playoff berth, anything after that is gravy. 

The Colorado Avalanche trade right winger Jarome Iginla to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a conditional draft pick in 2018.

Analysis: The Kings are among the league’s lowest-scoring clubs and could’ve used a scorer with more speed. Had this move taken place a year or two ago, when Iginla was still an effective scoring winger, it would’ve garnered more hype. Instead, this is seen almost as a pity move, as a once-great star gets his last chance to chase that elusive Stanley Cup championship. Kings coach Darryl Sutter coached Iginla during his glory years with the Calgary Flames. Maybe Sutter can help Iggy regain some of his offensive spark. Otherwise, this deal does nothing to help the Kings reach the postseason. 

The New Jersey Devils trade P-A Parenteau to the Nashville Predators for a sixth-round pick in 2017.

Analysis: The Predators were in the market for a top-nine forward. Parenteau put up decent numbers this season with the Devils (13 goals, 27 points in 59 games). If he adjusts quickly with his new club, he could provide a nice offensive boost for the Preds down the stretch and into the playoffs.

The Los Angeles Kings trade forward Dwight King to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018.

Analysis: The Habs need a scoring center but such commodities are rare and costly. GM Marc Bergevin opted instead to give his struggling roster more size, grit and character. Leading up to the deadline, Bergevin also acquired defenseman Brandon Davidson from the Edmonton Oilers, blueliner Jordie Benn from the Dallas Stars and forwards Steve Ott from the Detroit Red Wings and Andreas Martinsen from the Colorado Avalanche.  While the Habs will be bigger and tougher down the stretch, it remains to be seen if they’ll be any better.

Ottawa Senators trade Curtis Lazar and minor league defenseman Mike Kostka to the Calgary Flames in exchange for defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka and a second-round draft pick.

Analysis: Lazar, a former first-round pick (17th overall in 2013), struggled through three seasons with the Senators. He gets a chance at a fresh start with the rebuilding Flames, where he could be a good fit among young forwards such as Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Matthew Tkachuk and Sam Bennett.

List of NHL Trade Deadline Deals – March 1, 2017

List of NHL Trade Deadline Deals – March 1, 2017

Detroit Red Wings ship winger Thomas Vanek to the Florida Panthers.

The list of notable deals made leading up to today’s NHL trade deadline at 3 pm Eastern Time. I’ll have analysis of the day’s most notable trades tonight in my Soapbox

Winnipeg Jets trade winger Drew Stafford to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a conditional sixth round pick in 2017. 

Dallas Stars acquire minor-league defenseman Dillon Heatherington from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for left wing Lauri Korpikoski.

Philadelphia Flyers trade defenseman Mark Streit to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for center Valtteri Filppula, a fourth-round pick in the 2017 NHL draft and a conditional seventh-round pick in 2017.

The Lightning flip Streit to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a fourth-round draft pick in 2018. 

Pittsburgh Penguins trade forward Eric Fehr, minor-league defenseman Steve Oleksy and a 2017 fourth-round pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman Frank Corrado, 

Ottawa Senators trade forward Curtis Lazar and minor-league defenseman Mike Kostka to the Calgary Flames in exchange for defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka and a second-round pick.

New Jersey Devils trade winger P-A Parenteau to the Nashville Predators in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick in 2017. 

New Jersey Devils trade defenseman Kyle Quincey to the Columbus Blue Jackets for blueliner Dalton Prout. 

Montreal Canadiens trade winger Sven Andrighetto to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for left wing Andreas Martinsen.

Colorado Avalanche trade right wing Jarome Iginla to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018. The Avalanche also retained half of Iginla’s $5.33 million cap hit. 

Los Angeles Kings trade forward Dwight King to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018. 

Detroit Red Wings trade left wing Thomas Vanek to the Florida Panthers for defenseman Dylan McIlrath and a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL draft. The Wings also pick up half of Vanek’s $2.6 million cap hit. 

Vancouver Canucks trade winger Jannik Hansen to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for minor-league forward Nikolay Goldobin and a conditional fourth-round pick in the  2017 NHL Draft.

Detroit Red Wings trade forward Steve Ott to the Montreal Canadiens for a sixth-round pick in the 2018 draft. 

NHL Trade Deadline Day Rumor Roundup – March 1, 2017

NHL Trade Deadline Day Rumor Roundup – March 1, 2017

Detroit Red Wings forward Thomas Vanek is among the few notable rental players remaining in the NHL trade market.

The NHL Trade Deadline is 3 pm ET today. Here’s a look at the latest trade speculation. 

TORONTO STAR: Jonas Siegel lists the best players still available in the NHL trade market. Top forwards included Detroit’s Thomas Vanek, New Jersey’s P.A. Parenteau, Arizona’s Radim Vrbata and Dallas’ Patrick Sharp. Defensemen include Philadelphia’s Mark Streit and Michael Del Zotto, and goalies include Vancouver’s Ryan Miller and Buffalo’s Anders Nilsson. 

USA TODAY: Kevin Allen also includes Buffalo’s Brian Gionta and Dmitry Kulikov and New Jersey’s Kyle Quincey among the notable rental players. Colorado Avalanche forwards Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog are the biggest names on the market. Both still have term remaining on their contracts, but it’s widely expected one or both could be moved in the offseason. 

CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty reports Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney claims there’s nothing imminent regarding a possible move by his club. The Bruins had interest in Avalanche winger Gabriel Landeskog but Sweeney isn’t willing to part with a young defenseman such as Brandon Carlo or Charlie McAvoy in the deal. The Bruins are believed among several clubs kicking tires on New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak.

CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Panaccio reports ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun last night reported the Philadelphia Flyers were attempting to re-sign goaltender Michal Neuvirth. Panaccio cites sources claiming no deal was reached on Tuesday. The Flyers are also among several clubs scouted by the Avalanche in their attempts to move Matt Duchene or Gabriel Landeskog. 

THE DENVER POST: Mike Chambers reports Duchene and Landeskog are prepared to travel with the Avalanche to Ottawa for their game tomorrow against the Senators. Pending free agents Jarome Iginla, Rene Bourque, John Mitchell and Fedor Tyutin could be trade rental candidates. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: In a mailbag segment, Joe Smith said the Tampa Bay Lightning would like to move forward Valtteri Filppula, who’s signed through next season at a cap hit of $5 million. He also has a partial no-trade clause consisting of a list of 16 teams he’ll accept being dealt to. TSN recently reported the Bolts are believed to have asked Filppula to consider a move to one of the clubs not on his preferred list of destinations. Smith also expects the Lightning could try to move defenseman Jason Garrison, who’s also signed through next season at a cap hit of $4.6 million. 

EDMONTON SUN: Jim Matheson believes Oilers general manger Peter Chiarelli is in the market for a backup goalie. “It’ll most likely be either Jaro Halak, Michal Neuvirth or Anders Nilsson with Halak the front-runner if the Islanders pick up a chunk of his $5 million contract for next season,” said Matheson.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: In addition to Quincey and Parenteau, other possible Devils trade candidates include goalie Keith Kinkaid, defensemen Seth Helgeson and Damon Severson and forwards Jacob Josefson, Beau Bennett, Blake Coleman, Joseph Blandisi  and Stefan Noesen. All are either unrestricted or restricted free agents. 

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports it’s believed the Senators have an offer from a club of a second-round pick for young forward Curtis Lazar. The Sens, however, seek a first-round pick. 

THE MERCURY NEWS: Mark Purdy doesn’t expect the San Jose Sharks to move backup goalie Aaron Dell. He’s played well this season and the Sharks are in better playoff position this season. (Stick tap to GJ Berg for the link) 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Not a lot left in terms of quality rental players today. Vanek, Vrbata, Miller, Streit and Sharp appear the best of the bunch. The few notables (Kevin Shattenkirk, Ben Bishop, Martin Hanzal) were already dealt leading up to deadline day.

Unless the Avalanche can move Duchene or Landeskog today, or another club pulls off a shocking deal that no one saw coming, this year’s deadline day will be a dud. We’ll see a number of trades involving depth rental players, but probably nothing that will provide excitement. 

NHL Evening Rumor Update – February 28, 2017

NHL Evening Rumor Update – February 28, 2017

The Calgary Flames could have interest in Arizona Coyotes winger Radim Vrbata.

Pre-trade deadline needs of the Canadian NHL teams plus updates on Matt Duchene, Jaroslav Halak, Ryan Miller, Valtteri Filppula & more in your NHL evening rumor update.

Canadian teams

TSN: Pierre LeBrun reports Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin will be working the phones seeking a deal for his club right up to the deadline tomorrow. He was unsuccessful in his efforts to land centers Martin Hanzal and Brian Boyle, plus he also checked in on Alex Burrows before he was dealt to Ottawa.

LeBrun reports the Calgary Flames have looked at Arizona Coyotes right wing Radim Vrbata. They continue to look at their goaltending, though LeBrun doesn’t think they’ll make a move there. He also doesn’t rule out adding a defenseman. He suggests tonight’s game against the LA Kings could determine what they do before the deadline tomorrow.

Darren Dreger reports the Ottawa Senators have an offer of a second-round pick for young forward Curtis Lazar, but they want a better offer to move him by the deadline.

Dreger also believes Winnipeg Jets winger Drew Stafford could be dealt tonight or tomorrow. They had expressed an interest in New Jersey Devils defenseman Kyle Quincey, but that doesn’t seem a fit now. They could continue to look at blueliners.

Bob McKenzie reports the Toronto Maple Leafs have sufficient salary-cap space (around $13 million) to make another move at the trade deadline. They could use it to take on another contract provided it also brings them a premium asset. He doesn’t think they’ll just sit on the hands at the deadline.

McKenzie reports the Edmonton Oilers have been linked to NY Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak, who’s currently in the minors. Philadelphia Flyers netminder Michal Neuvirth could be  of interest as a backup rental for them. They’d like to get a third-line center but it remains to be seen if they’ll land one.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No mention of the Vancouver Canucks, but that’s probably because they’re the only seller among the Canadian clubs. I think the Canadiens options for a good rental center have dried up now that Hanzal and Boyle are gone. I’ll be very surprised if someone ponies up a first-round pick for Lazar. 

I’ll be surprised if the Leafs don’t make one more move by tomorrow, perhaps to take on a contract if it lands them a first-round pick or a top prospect. The Flames and Boston Bruins are also reportedly looking at Halak, who has a year left on his contract with a $4.5 million cap hit. 

Matt Duchene

BSN DENVER’s Adrian Dater tweets the following on Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene: “Hearing that once-heavy Avs-Isles trade talks for Duchene have cooled. Sakic may have to wait til draft.”

Jaroslav Halak

THN.COM’s Matt Larkin on New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak: “Sources telling me three teams indeed in on Halak. Goalie market all about him. Expect a trade to happen.”

ESPN.com’s Craig Custance also weighs in on Halak: “Oilers among the interested in Jaroslav Halak. Could see Flames & Bruins in there too. Islanders would have to retain salary though.”

NHL NETWORK’s Kevin Weekes chimes in: “Based on need for quality compliment and what I hear Oilers,Flames,Bruins in on Halak from

Jannik Hansen and Ryan Miller

TSN 1040’s Matthew Sekeres on Vancouver Canucks winger Jannik Hansen: “My understanding is Jannik Hansen will not accept a trade to . Perhaps another eastern market, but not the .”

He also reports the following on Canucks goalie Ryan Miller: “The Alberta teams are not on Ryan Miller’s trade-approved list, and thus far, San Jose has shown little interest.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ouch! Feel the Hansen burn there, Habs. Then again, that high-pressure market isn’t for everyone. 

Valtteri Filppula

TSN’s Bob McKenzie on Tampa Bay Lightning center Valtteri Filppula: “TB has list of 16 teams Valtteri Filppula can be traded to; 13 he can’t. Belief is TB has approached him to consider waiving to one of 13.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Filppula also has another year left on his contract with a cap hit of $5 million. The Lightning might have to pick up half of that to move him at the deadline. 

Dmitry Kulikov

ESPN.COM’s Pierre LeBrun on Buffalo Sabres defenseman Dmitry Kulikov: “Once Brendan Smith deal to NYR is finalized, much attention will turn to Kulikov. Sabres have gotten calls from multiple teams already.”