NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 5, 2017
Updates on the Sedins, Bo Horvat, Matt Beleskey and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
SPORTSNET: Daniel Sedin said the plan for he and his brother Henrik is to finish their careers with the Vancouver Canucks. The twins are entering the final year of their contracts and haven’t talked about what their future holds beyond this season. Daniel also said he and his brother believe the Canucks are improving and hope to help in that regard.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Even if the Sedins agreed to be dealt, moving their contracts ($7 million annual salary-cap hit each with no-movement clauses) won’t be easy. They’ve also played their entire careers together so moving just one of them could prove difficult.
It’s been suggested the twins might agree to a trade-deadline deal to a Stanley Cup contender for one last shot at a championship, but they don’t exactly sound keen to do that. I expect they’ll finish this season with the Canucks and ponder their future next summer.
Speaking of the Canucks, general manager Jim Benning said he expects to have restricted free agent center Bo Horvat re-signed to a new contract “in the next week.” Horvat, 22, was the Canucks’ leading scorer last season (20 goals, 52 points). Benning said progress in negotiations was made last week but declined to get into specifics. Regarding the Sedins, he said he wouldn’t trade the twins unless they ask to be dealt.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Horvat is coming off his entry-level contract and will be due for a significant raise. The Canucks have around $5.3 million in salary-cap space. Unless they shed salary salary via trade or waivers, Horvat’s new deal could come in at just under $5 million annually. Whether it’s a long-term deal or a bridge contract remains to be seen.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Bruins winger Matt Beleskey is hoping to rebound from his injury-hampered performance last season. A right-knee injury sidelined him for 23 games.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes made several notable moves during the offseason. While they’ve improved on paper, however, time will tell if they’re better on the ice. The most pivotal will be the performance of goaltender Scott Darling, who’s expected to be the Hurricanes starter after several seasons as a backup with the Chicago Blackhawks.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: The ribbon-cutting ceremony for Detroit’s new Little Caesars Arena takes place today.