NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 25, 2014

Winners of the NHL Awards, Kings re-sign Matt Greene, Hurricanes re-sign Nathan Gerbe, NHL free agent interview period begins, and more. 

Sidney Crosby was among the big winners at this year's NHL Awards.

Sidney Crosby was among the big winners at this year’s NHL Awards.

NHL.COM: Sidney Crosby won the Hart Trophy and Lindsay Trophy to go along with the Art Ross as the NHL’s scoring leader at last night’s NHL awards. Colorado’s Patrick Roy won the Adams trophy as coach of the year, Nathan MacKinnon took home the Calder as rookie of the year and Ryan O’Reilly won the Lady Byng trophy. Boston’s Tuukka Rask won the Vezina (top goalie) and Patrice Bergeron won the Selke (top defensive forward).  Chicago’s Duncan Keith took home the Norris Trophy (top defenseman) and NY Rangers forward Dominic Moore won the Masterton (perseverance). Anaheim’s Bob Murray was named NHL GM of the year.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The only surprise for me was Rask winning the Vezina. Not that he doesn’t deserve it, but I expected Colorado’s Semyon Varlamov to take home that honor. 

NBC SPORTS: Crosby, Rask and Keith joined Boston’s Zdeno Chara, Dallas’ Jamie Benn and Anaheim’s Corey Perry on the first All-Star team, while Varlamov, Shea Weber, Alex Pietrangelo, Ryan Getzlaf, Alex Ovechkin and Joe Pavelski on the second All-Star team. MacKinnon, Anaheim’s Frederik Andersen and Hampus Lindholm, Tampa Bay’s Tyler Johnston and Ondrej Palat, and Boston’s Torey Krug made up the all-rookie team.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings goalie Jonathan Quick underwent wrist surgery which will keep him off the ice for three months. He’s expected to be ready for training camp. Quick was injured during the Kings second-round series against Anaheim but kept playing and backstopped the Kings to their second Stanley Cup in three years.

NBC SPORTS: The Kings have re-signed defenseman Matt Greene to a four-year deal believed worth an annual cap hit of $2.5 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Greene played well for the Kings during their Cup run so no surprise GM Dean Lombardi opted to re-sign him. This move, however, leaves limited cap space to re-sign Marian Gaborik, Willie Mitchell and Dwight King. It’s believed the Kings are close to re-signing Gaborik, which could mean veteran blueliner Willie Mitchell departs via free agency. 

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes re-signed forward Nathan Gerbe to a two-year, $3.5 million contract, and also re-signed forward Chris Terry to a one-year, two-way deal worth $600K at the NHL level.

SPORTSNET.CA: The NHL free agent interview period begins today. Under this CBA, teams can speak with the free agents (restricted and unrestricted) of rival clubs leading up to July 1.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That could result to even more signings more quickly during the opening day of unrestricted free agency (which kicks off at noon ET on July 1) than in the past. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: Portland WinterHawks coach Mike Johnston has emerged as a candidate for the Penguins vacant head coaching job.