NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 15, 2014

Updates on Dustin Brown, Alec Martinez, the Kings Stanley Cup parade route, the NHL compliance buyout start date and more. 

Winning the Stanley Cup again capped a difficult season for Dustin Brown.

Winning the Stanley Cup again capped a difficult season for Dustin Brown.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Winning a second Stanley Cup was the crowning moment on a difficult season for resilient Kings captain Dustin Brown.

MLIVE.COM: Kings defenseman Alec Martinez became the first Michigan-born player to score a Stanley Cup-winning goal.

NHL.COM: Kings Stanley Cup parade information.

NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks on what the Rangers must do to return to the Stanley Cup Final.

CSNWASHINGTON.COM: The NHL’s compliance buyout window opens Monday and ends on June 30.

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  This year is the second and final time teams can buy out a player’s contract without it counting against the salary cap. Only players under contract prior to September 15, 2012 are eligible for such buyouts.

It’s also the regular buyout period. Regular buyouts count as two-thirds the remaining salary over twice the remaining tenure for players 26 and older, one-third the remaining value for those 25 and under. The same formula is applied to compliance buyouts, with the only difference being they don’t count against the salary cap. All players who receive a buyout become unrestricted free agents. 

THE GLOBE & MAIL: David Shoalts points out the gap between the NHL’s “have” teams (like the Toronto Maple Leafs) and “have-nots” (like the Phoenix Coyotes) remains wide, which could result in future team relocations.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While teams like the Coyotes and Florida Panthers are under new ownership, both clubs face an uphill battle. If either club undergoes another ownership change it could result in their being moved to Seattle or Quebec City. 

DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche won’t be hosting an outdoor game at Coors Field in 2015 but could get an outdoor game in 2016.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Colorado is a natural spot for an outdoor game. With the Avalanche now an up-and-coming team with bright young stars like Nathan MacKinnon, Gabe Landeskog and Ryan O’Reilly, the NHL should be showcasing them. An outdoor game, either against their old archrival Detroit or new rival Minnesota, would be an entertaining matchup. 

CBS SPORTS: A collection of every overtime goal scored in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs.