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Flames re-sign Noah Hanifin plus the latest on P.K. Subban, Brandon Carlo, Zach Bogosian and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
CALGARY SUN: The Flames announced they re-signed defenseman Noah Hanifin to a six-year contract worth an annual average value of $4.95 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s a significant investment by the Flames in a young blueliner who has yet to play a single game with them. Hanifin was acquired, along with forward Elias Lindholm, from the Carolina Hurricanes in a multiplayer trade during the 2018 NHL Draft. Still, it could turn out to be a worthwhile investment for the Flames.
The 21-year-old Hanifin is a skilled all-around rearguard who has yet to reach his playing prime. While his defensive game still needs some work, his offensive numbers have steadily climbed, reaching a career-best 10 goals and 32 points last season. As his game matures, Hanifin could become Calgary’s best defenseman. If so, that annual cap hit could become a great deal for the Flames.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban admits he’s still bothered by the fact he couldn’t fulfill his promise to help bring a Stanley Cup championship to the Montreal Canadiens. Two years ago, the Canadiens shipped the popular Subban to the Predators for Shea Weber, a move that many Montreal fans still lament. He made the remarks at a fundraising dinner last night in Montreal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A lot of Canadiens fans share your regret, P.K. The club’s on-ice fortunes have declined since Subban was part of a promising roster that marched to the 2014 Eastern Conference Final.
SPORTSNET: Tyler Seguin led his team to a 4-3 win over a team captained by Darnell Nurse to win the BioSteel four-on-four non-contact tournament and capture the Ray Emery Cup. The award was named in honor of the former NHL goaltender, who drowned last month in Hamilton, Ontario. Nurse’s squad included Edmonton Oilers teammate Connor McDavid. It was the fourth time in five years a team led by Seguin won the BioSteel camp tournament.
BOSTON HERALD: Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo declared himself ready to go for training camp after recovering from a broken ankle late last season. The Bruins’ camp opens on Sept. 10.
WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres blueliner Zach Bogosian said he’s 100 percent healthy and looking forward to the start of training camp. Injuries sidelined him for 64 games last season.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: A flare-up of a nagging back injury could prevent promising Kings prospect Gabriel Vilardi from participating in rookie camp next week. He’s listed as day-to-day and it remains to be seen if he’ll be ready for the start of the Kings’ main training camp on Sept. 14.
THE SCORE: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will be inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.