NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 4, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 4, 2019

Marc Methot considering retirement, Chris Butler and Colin Greening hang up their skates, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

YARDBARKER: cites Le Droit’s Marc Brassard reporting NHL defenseman Marc Methot is considering retirement. The 34-year-old blueliner is still rehabbing from recent surgery on his left knee. However, he’s unsure if he’ll be able to play next season. Methot is considering a future in sports media, as he has a tryout with Ottawa’s TSN 1200 as a guest host today. 

Former Dallas Stars defenseman Marc Methot mulling retirement (Photo via NHLPA).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Methot made his NHL debut in 2007-08 with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He had his best seasons with the Ottawa Senators from 2012-13 to 2016-17. Nagging knee injuries, however, limited Methot to just 45 games over the last two seasons. 

STLTODAY.COM: Defenseman Chris Butler announced his retirement after 11 NHL seasons. He spent his first six seasons with the Buffalo Sabres and Calgary Flames. The St. Louis native spent his final five seasons with the Blues organization, though he spent most of that time skating with their AHL affiliate. Butler played 13 games with the Blues this season. He was called up for the playoffs and got to join in the on-ice celebrations when they won the Stanley Cup. 

THE TELEGRAM: Veteran forward Colin Greening is retiring as a player. He played for six seasons in the NHL with the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs. He spent the last three seasons with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, helping them win the Calder Cup in 2018. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed winger Joseph Blandisi to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700K at the NHL level. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens signed UFA forward Phil Varone to a one-year, two-way deal worth $700K at the NHL level. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 24, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 24, 2016

Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot made 31 saves in his club's 3-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets at the 2016 Heritage Classic.

Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot made 31 saves in his club’s 3-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets at the 2016 Heritage Classic.

Game recaps, injury updates, latest on Jacques Demers and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Cam Talbot made 31 saves to backstop the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-0 win over the Winnipeg Jets at the Heritage Classic in Winnipeg’s Investors Group Field. Zack Kassian tallied a goal and set up another for the Oilers.

John Tavares enjoyed a three-point night (two goals, one assist) to lead the New York Islanders to a 6-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild. Zach Parise tallied his 300th career goal in a losing cause for the Wild. 

Ryan Getzlaf collected three assists to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. 

Dan Girardi potted the game winner and Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves as the New York Rangers edged the Arizona Coyotes 3-2. The Coyotes also learned starting goalie Mike Smith (lower body) avoided serious injury, but is listed as week-to-week

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports the Anaheim Ducks placed defenseman Simon Despres (concussion) on long-term injured reserve Saturday. The move gives the Ducks financial flexibility.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despres’ annual cap hit is $3.75 million. This move allows the Ducks to go over the $73 million cap ceiling in order to re-sign restricted free agent blueliner Hampus Lindholm. I’ll have more on this in the Rumors section.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators placed winger Phil Varone on waivers.

STLTODAY.COM:  The NHL’s new concussion evaluation system is drawing positive early reviews from some players and coaches. 

TSN:  Former Montreal Canadiens coach Jacques Demers was released from hospital yesterday. It was initially reported he suffered a stroke, but his wife said he had an infection.