NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 21, 2019
The Canucks re-sign Alex Edler, Lightning winger Ryan Callahan going on LTIR, Ducks re-sign Ryan Miller and more. Get the details on these and other stories on the eve of the 2019 draft in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver begins at 8 pm ET tonight with the opening round. The remaining six rounds will be held Saturday.
VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks yesterday re-signed defenseman Alex Edler to a two-year, $12-million contract extension. Edler, 33, was slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A reasonable deal for both sides. Edler gets a raise and a no-movement clause and stays with the only NHL team he’s ever played for. The Canucks, meanwhile, retain their best defenseman on a short-term deal plus he’s agreed to make himself available for the 2021 NHL expansion draft. As in the Vegas draft, players with no-movement clauses on expiring contracts must be protected unless they agree to be exposed in that draft.
TSN: The Canucks are reportedly in talks with former Boston Bruins and Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli to join their management staff. Canucks GM Jim Benning worked for Chiarelli during their tenure with the Bruins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: We take you live for a reaction from a Canucks fan.
NHL.COM: The Tampa Bay Lightning revealed Ryan Callahan will be placed on long-term injury reserve. The 34-year-old winger is suffering from degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Callahan has a year remaining on his contract with an annual average value of $5.8 million. When this news broke, some fans felt this was a sneaky way for the cap-strapped Lightning to free up payroll for next season. The timing is merely coincidental. Callahan’s career and his dream of winning a Stanley Cup are over. That’s the real story here.
If the Lightning needs real salary-cap relief they could attempt to trade his rights to a club in need of reaching the cap floor. For now, it appears they’ll go the LTIR route.
TSN: The Anaheim Ducks re-signed goaltender Ryan Miller, center Derek Grant, and defenseman Korbinian Holzer to one-year contracts. Miller’s deal is worth $1.125 million. Cap Friendly indicates Holzer’s salary is $850K and Grant’s $700K.
SPORTSNET’s Eric Engels reports Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jordie Benn will test the upcoming unrestricted free agent market.
TVA SPORTS: L.A Lariviere has a two-part series (translation required) listing some interesting behind-the-scenes stories from previous NHL drafts. Among them: Max Pacioretty spiking a proposed deal at last year’s draft that would’ve sent him to the LA Kings.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers have hired Jim Playfair as an assistant coach responsible for their defensive play.
ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes intend to hire former Buffalo Sabres coach Phil Housley as an assistant coach.
NHL.COM: The league announced rule changes for video review and coach’s challenges. Coaches will now be able to challenge missed stoppage of play calls in the offensive zone that result in goals. On-ice officials will be able to review their work on major penalties (other than fighting), match penalties, and double-minors for high-sticking.