NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 2, 2017
Latest Stanley Cup Final news, key dates ahead of expansion draft & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
SPORTSNET: With his club down 2-0 to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Final, Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban guarantees his club will win Game 3 on Saturday in Nashville. “We’re going to win the next game and we’ll go from there,” he said.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Game 3 is a must-win for the Predators. If they lose that game, they fall into an almost insurmountable 3-0 hole in the series.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Despite taking fewer shots and giving up more in the 2017 playoffs compared to last year, the Penguins are focusing more upon limiting their opponent’s high-danger opportunities rather than shot totals.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That certainly seems to be working so far for the Penguins. Having strong goaltending also helps.
USA TODAY: Game 2 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final was the second-most watched since 2002 and the most-watched cable program on Wednesday night.
NHL.COM: The league released a list of updated critical dates leading up to the expansion draft on June 21. Among the notable:
June 12 (5 pm ET) is the deadline for clubs to request a player with a no-movement clause to waive it in order to be exposed in the draft. Nashville and Pittsburgh have a possible extended deadline of the day following the last day of the Stanley Cup Final if the series stretches beyond June 12.
A waiver/roster freeze goes into effect for all clubs except the Vegas Golden Knights at 5 pm ET on June 17 until 8 am ET on June 22.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Regular contract discussions are continuing between the Tampa Bay Lightning and restricted free agent forward Tyler Johnson.
TSN.CA: Agent Pat Brisson, who represents Montreal Canadiens RFA forward Alex Galchenyuk, said his client is open to signing a one-year contract with the Habs. We won’t say no to a one-year contract either. We’ll continue studying Galchenyuk’s case and we’ll look at what he can get in arbitration.”
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks and assistant coach Paul MacLean agreed to mutually part ways after two seasons.
TORONTO STAR: Former NHL enforcer Bob McGill is recovering in hospital after suffering two strokes. McGill played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks, Detroit Red Wings, New York Islanders and Hartford Whalers from 1981 to 1994.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to McGill for a speedy recovery.
LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: The Kings have hired Alex Faust to replace the retiring Bob Miller as their new play-by-play man.