The NHL’s Most Unassailable Records
Updates on Alex Ovechkin and Mathew Barzal plus the latest notable free-agent signings in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NBC SPORTS: Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin dazzled Moscow during his day with the Stanley Cup. He shared a moment with the Cup with his father, who held it for the first time. Ovechkin also skated a few laps with the big mug at his old arena and took it to the World Cup Fanfest.
NEWSDAY: With John Tavares gone to Toronto, Mathew Barzal becomes the new face of the New York Islanders. Barzal, 21, won the Calder Trophy as the 2018 rookie of the year.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Barzal has big skates to fill and will face tremendous pressure entering his sophomore campaign. This will be the biggest challenge of his young NHL career.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Colin Miller to a four-year, $15.5-million contract. The 25-year-old Miller led all Golden Knights blueliners in goals (10) and points (41) last season.
STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues avoided arbitration with forward Dmitrij Jaskin as they reached agreement on a one-year, $1.1-million contract.
NBC SPORTS: The San Jose Sharks signed defenseman Dylan DeMelo to a two-year, $1.8-million deal. Last month, the Sharks didn’t issue DeMelo a qualifying offer.
PHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers avoided arbitration with goaltender Alex Lyon by re-signing him to a two-year contract worth $750K per season.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Hall-of-Famer Teemu Selanne has put his Coto de Caza estate up for sale, seeking $6.9 million.
Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2017 unveiled, Golden Knights trade Methot to Stars, the latest notable contract signings & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Former NHL stars Teemu Selanne, Paul Kariya, Mark Recchi and Dave Andreychuk headline the 2017 inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Joining them are retired women’s hockey player Danielle Goyette, University of Alberta coach Clare Drake and Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs. The induction ceremony takes place in Toronto on November 13, 2017.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2017.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Dallas Stars last night acquired defenseman Marc Methot from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for goaltender Dylan Ferguson and a second-round pick in 2020. Methot was selected by the Golden Knights from the Ottawa Senators during last Wednesday’s NHL expansion draft. The Stars also placed goaltender Antti Niemi on waivers for buyout purposes and re-signed defenseman Esa Lindell to a two-year, $4.4 million contract extension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Good move by the Stars to bolster their blue line depth. Methot is an experienced stay-at-home defenseman with leadership skills. He should prove an invaluable addition to the Stars youthful blueline corps. No surprise Niemi was bought out. The writing was on the wall for him when the Stars acquired and signed Ben Bishop last month.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers re-signed forward Zack Kassian to a three-year deal worth $1.95 million annually.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning re-signed defenseman Andrej Sustr to a one-year, $1.95 million deal.
CSN MID-ATLANTIC: The Washington Capitals re-signed forward Brett Connolly to a two-year deal worth $1.5 million per season.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes re-signed forward Derek Ryan to a one-year, $1.425 million contract.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators re-signed winger Tom Pyatt to a two-year, $2.2 million deal.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks re-signed backup goaltender Anton Forsberg to a two-year deal worth $750K per season and forward Tomas Jurco to a one-year, $800K contract.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres re-signed defenseman Taylor Fedun to a two-year deal worth $650K annually.
TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild re-signed defenseman Gustav Olofsson to a two-year, $1.45 million deal.
NHL.COM: The deadline for NHL teams to extend qualifying offers to their players was 5 pm ET on Monday. Among the notables who didn’t receive offers were St. Louis Blues winger and 2012 first-overall draft pick Nail Yakupov, Calgary Flames winger Alex Chiasson, Colorado Avalanche forward Mikhail Grigorenko, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Nikita Nesterov and New Jersey Devils winger Beau Bennett,
2017 Hall of Fame class to be announced today. Details & more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Teemu Selanne and Daniel Alfredsson are among the first-time candidates eligible for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. The 2017 class of inductees will be announced on Monday.
Other noteworthy candidates who’ve been eligible for years include Mark Recchi, Paul Kariya, Jeremy Roenick, Alexander Mogilny, Theo Fleury, Dave Andreychuk, Chris Osgood and Curtis Joseph.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In my opinion, Selanne and Alfredsson are locks for induction. The others are worthy candidates but it remains to be seen which of them will get the nod this year.
I’d also like to see former New York Islanders center Butch Goring (member of four Stanley Cup titles, former winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy, Bill Masterton Trophy Lady Byng Trophy) get his due this year. He was the final piece of the championship puzzle for the Islanders dynasty and has been overlooked for induction for far too long.
SPORTSNET’s John Shannon reported over the weekend the 2018 NHL Draft could be held in Dallas.
EDMONTON JOURNAL’s Jim Matheson reports the Arizona Coyotes have spoken to former Oilers head coach Todd Nelson regarding their vacant bench boss position.
CKLW AM 800: More than 1,200 motorcyclists turned out Sunday for the seventh annual Bob Probert Ride. “More than $100,000 in proceeds donated this year will go towards cardiac wellness programs throughout Windsor-Essex in his honour.” Probert died in 2010 from a massive heart attack.
Jets defeat Oilers in Heritage Classic alumni game, latest injury updates & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Teemu Selanne scored twice and set up three others to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 6-5 victory over the Edmonton Oilers in Saturday’s Heritage Classic alumni game before over 31, 000 fans at Winnipeg’s Investors Group Field. Oilers great Mark Messier scored twice, while Wayne Gretzky admitted this was probably the last alumni game he’ll be skating in. “I stink. I’m really bad,” he laughingly said in the post-game press conference.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I usually enjoy these outdoor NHL alumni games. While the skills of the now-retired players have obviously declined, some of them still show flashes of the brilliance that made them NHL legends. Selanne and Messier were prime examples in this game, and it was great seeing those two playing for the teams where they began their illustrious NHL careers. As for Gretzky, it’s obvious the 55-year-old has had little time to play any sort of competitive hockey at this stage in his life. In a recent interview, The Great One said he’d only been on skates twice in the last two years.
In notable NHL action last night:
David Perron’s four-point night (three goals, one assist) carried the St. Louis Blues to a 6-4 victory over the Calgary Flames.
Taylor Hall’s overtime goal lifted the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild. Before the game, the Devils unveiled a statue honoring long-time goaltending star Martin Brodeur.
New York Rangers rookie Jimmy Vesey scored twice to help his team down the Washington Capitals 4-2. Capitals forward Daniel Winnik clarified that he didn’t lose a piece of his ear as originally reported while blocking a shot in a recent game, though it admitted it was “pretty chewed up.”
Jakub Voracek scored twice to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 6-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
Despite icing a lineup depleted by a bout of food poisoning, the Nashville Predators defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1.
Gustav Nyquist scored twice and Jimmy Howard made 30 saves to give the Detroit Red Wings a 3-0 win over the San Jose Sharks. The Wings were playing without forward Justin Abdelkader (lower-body injury).
Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves backstopping the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-0 shutout over the Dallas Stars.
The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to have difficulties playing with a lead, as the Chicago Blackhawks rallied for a 6-5 shootout victory. Earlier in the day, the Blackhawks announced defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk will likely miss up to a month to an upper-body injury, believed to be his right arm.
The Los Angeles Kings handed the Vancouver Canucks their first loss of the season with a 4-3 shootout win.
Shane Harper tallied his first two career NHL goals to help the Florida Panthers down the Colorado Avalanche 5-2.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The LA Kings lost another goaltender to injury, as Jeff Zatkoff was sidelined in practice with a lower-body injury. The Kings called up Jack Campbell as his replacement.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have more on the Kings goaltending later this morning in the Rumor Roundup.
TSN: The first quarter escrow clawback rate for NHL players this season has been set at 15.5 percent.
NEWSDAY: New York Islanders players are openly questioning the quality of the ice at Barclays Center this season. Isles forward Cal Clutterbuck called the ice surface “unplayable”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s also generating more speculation the Isles ownership are looking for a site in New York to construct a new arena.
CBC NEWS: Former Montreal Canadiens head coach Jacques Demers was hospitalized last night after suffering his second stroke this year.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping Demers makes a swift and full recovery.
Ducks down the Jets on the night both teams honor Teemu Selanne, Oilers fall to the Panthers, plus the latest on the other Canadian NHL teams. (more…)