NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 30, 2017
Senators re-sign Craig Anderson plus updates on Joe Thornton, Nico Hischier and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators yesterday re-signed goaltender Craig Anderson to a two-year, $9.5 million contract extension. Anderson, 36, was eligible for unrestricted free agency next July. The annual average value is $4.75 million, though in actual salary he’ll earn $5.5 million in 2018-19 and $4 million in 2019-20.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: On the one hand, this is an affordable short-term move by the Sens to retain Anderson, who’s provided them with reliable goaltending since joining them in February 2011. On the other hand, Anderson is now at a stage in his career when decline in performance is inevitable. Maybe he’ll buck the trend and continue playing well over that period. If he doesn’t, the Sens will have an expensive backup on their hands.
THE MERCURY NEWS: Five months following major knee surgery, San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton was a full participant in an up-tempo practice on Friday. He appears on track to play in their season opener on Wednesday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to see what effect, if any, that offseason surgery could have on the 38-year-old Thornton’s performance. His production was down last season prior to his injury.
NJ.COM: Center Nico Hischier, the first-overall selection in the 2017 NHL Draft, has played himself into a top-six role with the New Jersey Devils.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Time will tell if Hischier remains in that role throughout this season. The fact he’s now in a top-six spot bodes well for the promising Devils center.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning will decide next week if promising defenseman Mikhail Sergachev starts the season with them. Sergachev was acquired from the Montreal Canadiens last June in a move that shipped forward Jonathan Drouin to the Habs. The young blueliner’s preseason play shows he has the potential to skate full-time in the NHL.
TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild have released forward Ryan Malone from his professional tryout offer. He’ll continue his comeback on a tryout basis with the AHL’s Iowa Wild.
NBC SPORTS: The Los Angeles Kings released journeyman defenseman Chris Lee from his PTO.
THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche placed former first-round pick Duncan Siemens on waivers. Siemens was selected 11th overall in the 2011 NHL Draft.