The NHL Buyout Barometer – Pacific Division (Part II)
Latest on Evgeny Kuznetsov, Ryan Reaves, Ryan Callahan and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: Capitals head coach Barry Trotz said center Evgeny Kuznetsov is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury suffered in Game 2 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final. Kuznetsov left the game in the first period following a hit by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Brayden McNabb favoring his left wrist and arm and didn’t return.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While the Capitals went on to win that game without Kuznetsov, losing him for any length of time could be a blow to their Stanley Cup hopes. This postseason’s leading scorer with 25 points, the 26-year-old center was riding an 11-game points streak prior to his injury and played a key role in the Capitals reaching the Cup Final.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: McNabb won’t be subjected to supplemental discipline for his hit on Kuznetsov. Teammate Ryan Reaves also won’t be disciplined for punching Capitals winger Tom Wilson in the face during Game 2. Reaves received a roughing penalty on the play.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning winger Ryan Callahan underwent surgery on his right shoulder and will likely miss the start of next season.
The Lightning also announced yesterday it was parting ways with assistant coaches Rick Bowness and Brad Lauer.
BOSTON GLOBE: The Bruins will not be extending contract offers to pending unrestricted free agents Brian Gionta, Kenny Agostino and Paul Postma.
SPORTSNET: The Calgary Flames hired Geoff Ward and Ryan Huska as part of their coaching staff.
Game recaps, updates on possible sale of the Hurricanes, Drew Doughty charts his next contract & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Carey Price made 27 saves backstopping the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators. It was the Habs’ third straight win since Price’s return from a lower-body injury. The Senators’ losing skid, meanwhile, has reached seven games.
John Gibson kicked out 37 shots and Antoine Vermette scored twice as the Anaheim Ducks upset the St. Louis Blues 3-2 to snap their four-game losing streak. Kyle Brodziak scored both of the Blues’ goals as their third-period rally fell short. The Ducks were playing without blueliner Brandon Montour (elbow), who hopes to return to action on Friday.
The Boston Bruins scored three goals and hung on for a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Goalie Tuukka Rask made 19 saves to end his four-game losing skid and teammate Brad Marchand collected two assists for the Bruins, who won for the fifth time in their last six games.
Nathan MacKinnon’s overtime power-play goal gave the Colorado Avalanche overcame 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to down the Winnipeg Jets 3-2.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Carolina Hurricanes president Don Waddell said talks to potentially sell the club to Texas-based sports attorney Chuck Greenberg have slowed. However, three other potential buyers have emerged, including Dallas businessman Tom Dundon. Greenberg said he remains interested in purchasing the club but he has yet to raise sufficient funds. A letter of intent with the Greenberg group was non-binding and has expired, said Waddell. Funding shouldn’t be an issue for billionaire Dundon.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s an assumption that a new owner of the Hurricanes will move the team. However, it’s believed any sale of the club depends upon the incoming ownership keeping the franchise in its current location. The club also has an arena lease agreement running through 2024-25.
THE ATHLETIC: Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty suggested he might discuss contract negotiation tactics with Ottawa Senators blueliner Erik Karlsson. Both players are eligible in 2019 for unrestricted free agency. They can begin contract talks with their respective teams on July 1. “I’ll kind of look at what money I’m looking for. I don’t know if he’s going to re-sign with Ottawa. I don’t know if I’ll re-sign with L.A. You just never know what’s going to happen,” said Doughty, who also believes he and Karlsson deserve “quite a bit more” than that of Nashville’s P.K. Subban, who carries an annual cap hit of $9 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Doughty and Karlsson are part of a “super class” of blueline UFAs in 2019 that includes Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Ryan McDonagh and Ryan Ellis. Doughty and Karlsson are former Norris Trophy winners and will easily command over $10 million annually. Ekman-Larsson could come in between $9-$10 million per season.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights re-signed defenseman Brayden McNabb to a four-year, $10 million contract extension. He was slated for UFA status next July. The annual cap hit is $2.5 million. “We’re excited about his growth,” said Vegas general manager George McPhee. “He will be a core member of this hockey club going forward.”
TSN: Minnesota Wild defenseman Kyle Quincey, Chicago Blackhawks forward Jordin Tootoo and St. Louis Blues rearguard Nate Prosser were placed on waivers yesterday.
THE ATHLETIC: A vote by the Seattle city council on a potential $600 million renovation of KeyArena on Dec. 4 could be a significant step toward bringing an NHL franchise to the city. If approved, the building’s size would double and seat over 17,000 fans for hockey.
Game recaps, injury updates, the Predators slow start & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: In his first game since learning his wife has cancer, Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson made 37 saves to shut out the Edmonton Oilers 2-0.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: An emotional victory for Anderson and his teammates. He was named the game’s first star and received a nice ovation from the Edmonton fans.
Michael Grabner tallied a hat trick to power the New York Rangers to a 6-1 beatdown of the Tampa Bay Lightning, spoiling the return of Ryan Callahan and Nikita Kucherov to the Bolts lineup.
Corey Crawford kicked out 32 shots and Jonathan Toews tallied his first goal of the season as the Chicago Blackhawks blanked the Los Angeles Kings 3-0. Earlier in the day, the Kings placed blueliner Brayden McNabb on injured reserve.
Kyle Okposo scored twice as the Buffalo Sabres downed the Winnipeg Jets 3-1. The Jets played without defenseman Tyler Myers, who was sidelined by a lower-body injury.
Marcus Johansson’s two goals, including the game winner, lifted the Washington Capitals to a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames.
Brock Nelson and Shane Prince each had a goal and an assists as the New York Islanders thumped the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1.
THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings forward Thomas Vanek (lower-body injury) is now listed as week-to-week.
NBC SPORTS: Wings forward Steve Ott was fined over $2,200.00 for spearing Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara in a recent game.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators are off to a surprisingly poor start, sporting a 2-5-1 record in October.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Big things were expected of the Preds after they shipped long-time captain Shea Weber to the Montreal Canadiens for puck-moving blueline star P.K. Subban. While Subban’s played well for the Preds, they haven’t performed well as a team. Meanwhile, Weber’s been a major factor in the Canadiens 8-0-1 start.
STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues strong penalty killing (93.9 percent) is a critical factor in their 5-2-2 start.
TSN.CA: Bauer’s bankruptcy could end up cancelling their endorsement contracts with top NHL stars such as Washington’s Alex Ovechkin and Chicago’s Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.
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