The PHT Nightcap: Wednesday, September 15th

Even in the depressingly hockey-free summer, we expect to be a productive bunch here at Pro Hockey Talk. Sometimes it might be difficult to follow our pace. We understand that. For that reason, whenever we can, we’ll put all of the day’s stories in one convenient post called the PHT Nightcap. Enjoy, hockey fans.

Eric Belanger upset that the Caps broke their verbal agreement – Apparently someone missed the lesson of “Cushlash” in Jeremy Maguire …

Tuesday’s rookie tournament recap

2012 NHL All-Star Game awarded to Ottawa – Hey, can we move on my idea to run the All-Star games in the preseason? I bet the weather in Ottawa around January/early February must be ridiculously cold …

Devils plan on playing Patrik Elias at LW, even though Kovalchuk and Parise play there already – Perhaps they want to spread the offensive wealth? Hmmmm …

Rangers re-sign Marc Staal – See you later, Wade Redden.

Canucks GM Mike Gillis lashes out over Cody Hodgson injury coverage

Tim Gleason gives figure skating a try – Something tells me that this will be on Sean Avery’s insult scouting report.

Patrice Cormier tries to put his ugly past behind him – He might have more skeletons in his closet before his career his over, though, considering his sometimes-rugged style.

Oilers “big three” debuts tonight – More on their performances tomorrow morning (or … this morning, I guess?).

Oddsmakers weigh in on Montreal, Vancouver captain situations – [Insert lazy poker reference]

Does Eric Belanger have a legal leg to stand on against the Capitals – Probably not, but I think we can all deduct a few cool points from Washington.

More criticism of the way the Oilers are handling Sheldon Souray – Seriously, it seems like a faulty plan.

Minnesota wins Traverse City Tournament 3-1 over Detroit, other results – This victory will be forgotten soon, but hey, hockey is hockey.

Seguin, Niederreiter make their presences felt in rookie game – Seguin provided the assists while Niederreiter produced points and a flurry of fists.

Gary Bettman says the NHL will stay out of Quebec City arena politics – That’s probably for the best.

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    Avalanche reportedly settle with Nieto, avoiding arbitration

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    Matt Nieto won’t need his arbitration hearing on Monday.

    According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Nieto has agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche.

    Nieto split last season between San Jose and Colorado, which claimed him off waivers in January.

    In 43 games for the Avalanche, the 24-year-old forward scored seven goals with four assists.

    Nieto was the only Colorado player on this summer’s arbitration list. However, the Avs still have a restricted free agent in Nikita Zadorov, who could be off to the KHL next season.

    3 KHL players suspended after testing positive for banned substances

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    The International Ice Hockey Federation has announced that three KHL players have been suspended after testing positive for banned substances.

    Here’s an excerpt from the KHL’s website:

    The IIHF has informed the KHL that three players – forward Danis Zaripov (then with Metallurg Magnitogorsk), defenseman Andrei Konev (Admiral Vladivostok) and defenseman Derek Smith (Medvescak Zagreb) – have tested positive for banned substances.

    Derek Smith tested positive for a category S6.а stimulant.

    Andrei Konev tested positive for a category S6.b stimulant.

    Danis Zaripov tested positive for a category S6.b stimulant plus category S5 diuretics and masking agents.

    Zapirov, who was part of Team Russia at the 2010 Olympic Games, has been banned from suiting up in “competitive hockey” until May 22, 2019. Konev will be unable to play until Nov. 19, 2017, while Smith, who is Canadian, will be suspended until Sep. 2, 2018.

    Smith, 32, played in 94 NHL games with the Ottawa Senators and Calgary Flames between 2009-10 and 2013-14.

    Report: John MacLean could join Tocchet’s coaching staff in Arizona

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    The Arizona Coyotes have a new head coach, but Rick Tocchet still has to fill out the rest of his staff.

    According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the ‘Yotes might be looking to add John MacLean to their coaching staff.

    MacLean, 52, spent six years as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils (2002-2009) before becoming the head coach of their AHL affiliate. After one year of coaching in the minors, MacLean was promoted to head coach of the Devils. His tenure didn’t last very long, as he was fired after just 33 games (they were 9-22-2 under his watch).

    He spent the following three seasons as an assistant in Carolina, but he was let go after the 2014 season.

    MacLean hasn’t been back behind an NHL bench since being let go by the ‘Canes. Instead, he’s served as a hockey analyst on various television networks.

    Related:

    Tocchet wants Coyotes’ young players to be ‘creative’ and ‘calculated’

    Tocchet brings lessons from past mistakes (and successes) to Coyotes

    Sabres re-sign Robin Lehner to one-year, $4 million deal

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    The Buffalo Sabres avoided salary arbitration with goalie Robin Lehner, as they inked him to a one-year, $4 million contract on Tuesday morning.

    Lehner and the Sabres were scheduled to have their hearing on July 27, but that obviously won’t be necessary anymore.

    The 26-year-old played a career-high 59 games in 2016-17. He finished the year with a 23-26-8 record, a 2.68 goals-against-average and a .920 save percentage.

    There’s no doubt that he’s a talented netminder, but he’s had his share of struggles when it comes to staying healthy and being consistent. Of course, the team in front of him hasn’t been very good either.

    Both of Buffalo’s goalies (Lehner and Chad Johnson) will have something to prove this season because they’re both on one-year contracts. When their deals expire next summer, Lehner will be a restricted free agent again, while Johnson will be free to test the market on July 1st.

    The Sabres now have just over $10.9 million in cap space with RFAs Zemgus Girgensons, Nathan Beaulieu and Evan Rodrigues still needing new contracts.

    A huge extension for Jack Eichel is also on the horizon, but his new salary won’t count on the cap until 2018-19.