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SPORTSNET: Nick Kypreos reports contract-extension talks between the Dallas Stars and center Tyler Seguin are “at a standstill and have been for quite some time.” He said a long-term deal is Seguin’s priority but believes “the Tavares route becomes viable option as time passes.”
No progress yet in contract talks between the Dallas Stars and center Tyler Seguin (Photo via NHL Images)
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Seguin is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next July. He’s among the league’s scoring stars so it’s only natural that his contract status garners more attention as the start of training camp approaches. He could end up signing with a new team next summer like John Tavares did this year. He could also end up re-signing with the Stars.
Earlier this summer, Seguin said his preference is to stay with the Stars and GM Jim Nill claimed negotiations were ongoing, though he made that statement a month ago and things may have changed since then. There’s no rush for either side to get a deal done right now, though the longer he goes without a new contract the more speculation will grow over his future.
Luke Fox reports signs point to defenseman Darnell Nurse signing a bridge contract with the Edmonton Oilers. The young blueliner said he wants to get a deal done before training camp opens next month. Nurse is coming off an entry-level contract and the Oilers have about $3.9 million in cap space.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers will get additional cap flexibility when sidelined defenseman Andrej Sekera and his $5.5-million cap hit gets placed on long-term injured reserve to start the season. Still, I expect the Oilers will use their leverage to ink Nurse to an affordable two- or three-year deal with the promise of a more lucrative contract down the road.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Free-agent winger Troy Brouwer signed a one-year, $850K contract with the Florida Panthers. He became a UFA earlier this summer after the Calgary Flames bought out the final two seasons of a contract paying him $4.5 million per season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is a low-risk addition for the Panthers, bringing a measure of experience and leadership to a young roster hoping to reach the playoffs this season.
ARIZONA SPORTS: Former Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek is taking part in the club’s informal skates. He spent last season playing in the Czech Republic. While joking about making an NHL comeback, Michalek acknowledged a nagging hip problem and a history of concussions could make the coming season his last. He might play another season in Europe.
WASHINGTON POST: Capitals owner Ted Leonsis will give Stanley Cup championship rings to approximately 500 employees.
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is showered with hats after scoring his third goal against the Florida Panthers.
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NHL.COM: Sidney Crosby tallied his 10th career hat trick to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-0 blanking of the Florida Panthers. Crosby moved into a tie (80 points) in the scoring race with Edmonton’s Connor McDavid and took over the lead in the goal-scoring race, becoming the first player this season to reach 40 goals. The Penguins (99 points) sit one point back of the Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets in the Metropolitan Division.
Boone Jenner had a goal and an assist as the Blue Jackets clinched a playoff berth by downing the New Jersey Devils 4-1. It also marked the first time in franchise history they’ve reached 100 points in a season. The win moved them into a tie with the first-overall Capitals.
The Chicago Blackhawks also clinched a playoff spot with a five-goal third-period rally to defeat the Colorado Avalanche 6-3. Jonathan Toews scored twice for the Hawks (99 points), who opened a seven-point lead in the Central Division and the Western Conference standings over the slumping Minnesota Wild.
Josh Morrissey’s third-period goal lifted the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-4 win over the Wild, who had overcome a 4-0 deficit to tie the game in the second period. It’s the Wild’s fifth straight loss.
Paul Byron reached the 20-goal mark for the first time in his career and Carey Price turned aside 30 shots to give the Montreal Canadiens a 4-1 win over the Ottawa Senators. The Habs (90 points) swept their back-to-back weekend series with Ottawa to remain atop the Atlantic Division, opening a four-point lead over the Sens.
Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan each had a goal and two assists as the Calgary Flames downed the Los Angeles Kings 5-2. The Flames (86 points) regained third place in the Pacific Division, one point up on the Edmonton Oilers, while the Kings (75 points) remain six points away from the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
Flames rookie winger Matthew Tkachuk could face disciplinary action for a vicious elbow to the head of Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, who was able to finish to game. The Flames also played without forward Micheal Ferland, who was being tested for mumps.
Brayden Schenn’s overtime goal gave the Philadelphia Flyers a 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, moving the Flyers (74 points) to within five points of the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Flyers captain Claude Giroux also admitted he found it difficult this season to adjust from last spring’s hip surgery.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That would certainly explain why Giroux’s production (51 points) has been so low this season.
THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks winger Jannik Hansen traveled with the club to Dallas Sunday after appearing to catch a stick in the face during the club’s loss to Anaheim on Saturday. That could mean he’ll return to the lineup at some point during their four-game road trip this week.
ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes recalled defenseman Zybnek Michalek and forward Laurent Dauphin from the AHL Tucson Roadrunners.
NEW YORK TIMES: Former NHL players and longtime friends Michal Handzus and Richard Zednik has returned to their Slovakian hometown of Banska Bystrica for the next chapter in their hockey lives.
Winnipeg Jets winger Patrik Laine scores one of his three goals against the Dallas Stars.
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NHL.COM: Patrik Laine’s hat trick carried the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars. Jets center Mark Scheifele collected three assists while Stars captain Jamie Benn had a goal and an assist.
Leon Draisaitl and Oscar Klefbom each tallied a goal and added two assists and Connor McDavid had two assists as the Edmonton Oilers downed the Arizona Coyotes 5-2, snapping the Oilers’ three-game losing streak.
Auston Matthews scored twice and Frederik Andersen picked up his 100th career NHL victory as the Toronto Maple Leafs crushed the New York Islanders 7-1.
Evgeni Malkin tallied a goal and an assist, Sidney Crosby picked up his 999th career NHL point and Matt Murray made 29 saves as the Pittsburgh Penguins blanked the Vancouver Canucks 4-0. The Canucks played without centers Bo Horvat (foot injury) and Brandon Sutter (upper body).
John Gibson turned in a 39-save shutout performance and Joseph Cramarossa scored the game’s only goal to give the Anaheim Ducks a 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild. Ducks forward Antoine Vermette was ejected from the game for abusing an official for slapping a linesman with his stick following a faceoff. He could face a suspension for his action.
Robin Lehner kicked out 39 shots while third-period goals from Matt Moulson and Justin Bailey carried the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators.
Corey Schneider made 28 saves while Kyle Palmieri’s second-period goal proved to be the game winner as the New Jersey Devils edged the Colorado Avalanche 3-2.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Sidelined since training camp with a back injury, Columbus Blue Jackets forward David Clarkson faces the possibility that his player career could be over. He has three degenerative discs in the L5 region of his spine.
iDNES.CZ: Arizona Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek and his younger brother, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Milan Michalek, could be facing the end of their NHL careers. Both are now playing for their club’s respective AHL farm teams. (Stick tap to Alexander Wirdzek for the link).
STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues placed center Paul Stastny (lower body) on injured reserve. He’s expected to miss at least two more games.
THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks forward Joonas Donskoi (upper-body injury) will likely miss three more games.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Coyotes $395 million arena plan could have new life, as they could receive $225 million in public funding for the project.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Happy 45th birthday to Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr.
Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews scored his 10th goal of the season against the Edmonton Oilers.
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NHL.COM: The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-2, with young stars Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews putting on a show. McDavid tallied a goal and set up another in a losing effort for the Oilers, while Leafs rookie Matthews netted his 10th of the season.
Jack Eichel scored a goal and picked up an assist in his first game of the season, returning from injury to help the Buffalo Sabres edge the Ottawa Senators 5-4. Sens forward Mike Hoffman scored a hat trick and setting up another goal.
Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine each tallied their 13th goals of the season to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. Earlier in the day, the Devils announced goaltender Scott Wedgewood (shoulder surgery) will be sidelined for six months.
Josh Anderson had a three-point night (one goal, two assists) and Scott Hartnell netted a goal and an assist as the Columbus Blue Jackets trounced the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1. The Lightning also lost forward Ryan Callahan to a lower-body injury.
Ryan Johansen and Austin Watson each had a goal and an assist as the Nashville Predators took a 5-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche, who continue to play without captain Gabe Landeskog (lower-body injury).
Sven Baertschi scored twice, including the game winner, as the Vancouver Canucks edged the Minnesota Wild 5-4.
John Gibson made 39 saves backstopping the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 victory over the league-leading Montreal Canadiens. Habs forward Andrew Shaw got ejected from the game in the third period following a penalty-box tantrum.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Shaw plays with an edge to his game. While that’s helped him to a degree, it’s also made him his own worst enemy.
Richard Panik and Artemi Panarin scored in a shootout to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers. It was the Panthers first game since firing Gerard Gallant as head coach on Sunday.
Shayne Gostisbehere’s shootout marker gave the Philadelphia Flyers a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins. The Bruins had overcome a 2-0 deficit to force overtime and the shootout. They also announced defenseman John-Michael Liles was sidelined by a concussion.
Jimmy Vesey’s tie-breaking goal gave the New York Rangers a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
Brent Burns’ overtime goal gave the San Jose Sharks a 2-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes, who also lost top defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson to an upper-body injury. No word yet how long he could be sidelined.
Anthony Mantha tallied the game winner as the Detroit Red Wings downed the Dallas Stars 3-1.
THE ATHLETIC: Milan Michalek regrets waiving his no-trade clause last season accepting a trade from the Ottawa Senators to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Michalek now toils for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. “Looking back now it probably was the wrong decision,” he said, “but I’m only looking forward right now.”
NHLPA.COM: Former NHL forward Travis Moen announced his retirement. In 12 NHL seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks, Montreal Canadiens and Dallas Stars, Moen amassed 136 points in 747 games. He also won a Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007.
NATIONAL POST: Potential KHL players are starting to snub their home league for the NHL,where the caliber of play is much higher.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ilya Kovalchuck and Alexander Radulov were the only players in their prime to jump to the KHL. Otherwise, it’s a haven for aging players hoping to extend their careers or those not good enough to play in the NHL. It’s a league run mostly by Russian oil oligarchs, and with the price of oil plummeting in recent years, they cannot afford to attract the world’s top talent.
Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk scores in overtime against the Detroit Red Wings.
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NHL.com: Mitch Marner collected three assists and Auston Matthews scored his ninth goal of the season as the Toronto Maple Leafs doubled up the Washington Capitals 4-2. Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen left the game with a lower-body injury and will be reevaluated on Sunday. Earlier in the day, the Leafs’ organization indefinitely suspended minor-league goalie Garrett Sparks for posting offensive remarks on Facebook.
Alex Galchenyuk’s overtime goal gave the league-leading Montreal Canadiens a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Goaltender Carey Price made 32 saves for the Habs, pushing their record to 16-4-2. The Wings also lost Brendan Smith and Tyler Bertuzzi to injuries and will be evaluated today. Earlier in the day, the Canadiens reported Charles Hudon was sidelined indefinitely with a fractured sternum.
Sidney Crosby’s game-tying goal set the stage for Kris Letang’s shootout winner as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the New Jersey Devils 4-3. Mike Cammalleri scored twice for the Devils.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Crosby now has a league-leading 15 goals, putting him on pace for 75. The Penguins captain probably won’t reach that total by season’s end, but he could reach 50 goals for only the second time in his career.
Jaromir Jagr netted his 752nd career NHL goal and Aleksander Barkov scored the winner in a shootout as the Florida Panthers nipped the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1.
Jaden Schwartz scored twice and David Perron potted the winner in a shootout to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild. Earlier in the day, the Wild revealed defenseman Christian Folin will miss 3-4 weeks with a sprained knee.
Jeff Carter’s overtime goal lifted the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, who were playing without captain Jonathan Toews for the second straight game. Fortunately, Toews’ upper-body injury isn’t concussion-related.
Ryan Getzlaf tallied a goal and an assists to power the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks.
Goals by Dion Phaneuf and Kyle Turris gave the Ottawa Senators a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
Jacob Markstrom made 32 saves backstopping the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 shootout victory over the Colorado Avalanche.
ARIZONA SPORTS: Defenseman Zbynek Michalek is trying to remain positive as his career is winding down in the minors. The Arizona Coyotes demoted Michael earlier this season to their AHL affiliate in Tucson. He’s in the final season of his two-year contract.
YAHOO SPORTS: Former NHL forward Brandon Prust has signed with Germany’s Nurnberg Ice Tigers.
Could Vancouver Canucks defenseman Chris Tanev become trade bait for a scoring forward?
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TSN: Pierre LeBrun reports if the Vancouver Canucks can find a trade partner over the next month or two, they’d like to add a 20-goal scorer. They’ve been looking for a scorer since the summer.
THE PROVINCE: Patrick Johnston notes the Canucks don’t have a lot of trade chips to land a 20-goal scorer. He doesn’t see them moving promising youngsters Thatcher Demko, Brock Boeser and Olli Juolevi. He suggests defenseman Chris Tanev as a possibility. noting the emergence of Troy Stecher, the club’s reluctance to place Alex Biega on waivers and Nikita Tryamkin’s unwillingness to accept a demotion. He doubts they’ll put Luca Sbisa or Philip Larsen on the block.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Johnston also feels clubs could be more interested in the Canucks young prospects as part of the return. Tanev might attract interest, but maybe not enough to land the scorer the Canucks need.
TSN: Darren Dreger reports the New York Islanders aren’t in any rush to appease goaltender Jaroslav Halak or his agent Allan Walsh, who recently took to Twitter questioning the club’s wisdom in carrying three netminders. Halak is the most obvious to be dealt, but Dreger claims as of Monday night the Isles didn’t receive any trade offers and there’s very little interest in the 31-year-old goalie. The Islanders have no problem maintaining the status quo of three goaltenders.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Halak’s injury history, inconsistency and $4.5 million annual cap hit through 2017-18 are the likely sticking points.
Bob McKenzie reports the Los Angeles Kings are in a better position to acquire a goaltender if they so desire. They recalled Rob Scuderi and then demoted him the following day. The move allowed them to place sidelined starter Jonathan Quick ($5.8 million salary-cap hit) on long-term injured reserve, giving them the opportunity to exceed the cap ceiling if they acquire another goalie. When Quick returns, however, they must become cap compliant again. That means it doesn’t make much sense for them to pursue someone like the Winnipeg Jets’ Ondrej Pavelec ($3.9 million).
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For now, the Kings seem content to ride things out with goalies Peter Budaj, Jeff Zatkoff and Jack Campbell. If they decide to seek another netminder, my guess is they go after someone more affordable. Pittsburgh Penguins third-stringer Mike Condon ($575K) could be an option. They don’t want to saddle themselves with an expensive goalie still carrying term on their contract.
McKenzie also believes the Dallas Stars would like to upgrade their goaltending, but they’ve got over $10 million tied up in Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi through next season, making it difficult to pursue someone like Halak ($4.5 million).
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Stars could offer up Lehtonen or Niemi for Halak, but that really doesn’t suit the Isles needs, as they likely prefer shedding Halak and going with a tandem of Thomas Greiss and J-F Berube.
SPORTSNET: In his latest “30 Thoughts” column, Elliotte Friedman reports there was some interest in Boston Bruins forward Ryan Spooner when he was made a healthy scratch for the club’s home opener. Unless the Bruins can get a good young defenseman, Friedman isn’t sure Spooner’s going anywhere.
With Michael Del Zotto and Scott Laughton close to returning, the Philadelphia Flyers must shed salary to make room for them. He doubts they’ll move winger Matt Read, who was the topic of trade speculation last season but has improved since then.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: They could demote Andrew MacDonald and his $5 million annual cap hit again. Or perhaps Brandon Manning ($975K).
Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin is looking to upgrade his defense. The problem, however, is there aren’t any top-four caliber blueliners currently available.
There’s no truth to a recent rumor claiming restricted free agent defenseman Jacob Trouba might return to the Winnipeg Jets on a short-term bridge deal. Also no truth to speculation the San Jose Sharks and pending unrestricted free agent blueliner Brent Burns shelved contract talks until the spring.
The year remaining on New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak is a big sticking point.
It doesn’t appear a trade involving New York Rangers veteran winger Rick Nash was anywhere close to happening. Nash was the subject of offseason trade chatter.
TORONTO STAR: In a recent Q&A with his readers regarding the Toronto Maple Leafs, Kevin McGran believes someone will take winger Milan Michalek off their hands via trade. Michalek was recently demoted to the minors. He suggests Roman Polak and Matt Hunwick are movable as depth defensemen for a contender. McGran also listed defenseman Jake Gardiner and center Tyler Bozak as possible trade candidates, though he likes how well the latter’s played under head coach Mike Babcock. He believes those with no-trade clauses, such as Michalek, could prove difficult to move if they’re unwilling to waive those clauses.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If demoted players with no-trade clauses, such as Michalek and Colin Greening, get an opportunity to be dealt to a team where they’ll get NHL playing minutes, I believe they’ll take it. Polak and Hunwick likely won’t be moved until close to the March 1 trade deadline. The play of Gardiner and Bozak over the course of this season could determine if they become trade bait.