NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 20, 2019

by | Jul 20, 2019 | News, NHL | 5 comments

The aftermath of the Milan Lucic-for-James Neal trade, plus the latest on Artemi Panarin, Connor McDavid, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

CALGARY SUN: Milan Lucic is looking forward to a fresh start with the Flames. He was traded yesterday to Calgary for winger James Neal. The Oilers agreed to pick up 12.5 percent of his $6 million annual average value and also included a conditional 2020 third-round pick in the deal. 

Milan Lucic is looking forward to a fresh start with the Calgary Flames (Photo via NHL Images).

“I just think a fresh start is exactly what I needed,” Lucic said. “I think going to a team that was first in the West last year helps, too, because I know going into the season that we’ll be playing some meaningful games throughout the whole year.”

SPORTSNET’s Mark Spector last night tweeted the two conditions that must be met for the Oilers to sent that third-rounder to the Flames. “James Neal has to record at least 21 goals and Lucic scores at least 10 fewer goals than Neal.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If those conditions are met I doubt Oilers fans will complain about giving up that third-round pick. Follow this link for my take on this trade.

SPORTSNET: The Flames also reached a tentative deal yesterday with the city of Calgary for a new arena. Eric Francis reported the investment by Flames ownership would be “significantly more” than that of Daryl Katz in the Oilers’ arena in Edmonton. “Flames would run the arena, which will be owned by the city. Again, the parameters of the deal are all subject to council vote.” The cost of the new arena could reach between $550 – $600 million. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames’ need for a new arena and the sometimes contentious negotiations with Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi sparked worries the club would relocate if an agreement couldn’t be reached between the two sides. I’ll be surprised if this tentative deal fails to receive council approval. 

NEW YORK POST: Rangers winger Artemi Panarin elaborated on his recent criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin. He felt big cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg are thriving at the expense of the small towns. Panarin pointed out that’s not the case in the United States, singling out Columbus (where he played for two seasons) as an example.

“I lived in Columbus, which isn’t even in the top 10 American cities, but look at the pictures and you will see how nice it looks. Everything is clean, safe, everyone is calm. It’s great. American cities are developing thanks to local taxes which stay in the state. But here, a lot of money goes to Moscow, so people everywhere work for Moscow’s benefit. I always thought it’s unfair.”

NBC SPORTS: An Edmonton man has been charged with forging the signature of Oilers captain Connor McDavid on team jerseys and selling them for big profits. 

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets forward Andrew Copp is seeking a one-year, $2.9-million contract via arbitration. The club is countering with a two-year deal worth $1.5-million annually. His arbitration hearing is set for Sunday in Toronto. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens avoided salary arbitration with forward Charles Hudon, re-signing him to a one-year, one-way, $800K contract.

NHL.COM: The Florida Panthers re-signed goaltender Sam Montembeault to a one-year, two-way contract. 







5 Comments

  1. I do believe that both Neil and Lucic will perform better with a change of scenery.

    The deal surprised me but good on ya for pulling it off.

    I’m giving it a 10% chance that the conditional pick moves; but concur that if it happens , due to the conditions; they’ll care less.

    I think Oil will still make at least one more move

    Finally an agreement on a new arena…👍

    • That one, best described as Tweedle-dum for Tweedle-dee, can be filed under Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained. With the cap portion withheld by Edmonton and terms it’s an equal case of let’s see what a change of scenery might do.

      Should both re-bound it becomes a gamble that worked for each team. If they both continue as they have recently no harm done. They both still have a bad contract. And if only one re-bounds with a solid effort the fans of that team will respond at some point with “genius” complements directed at their GM.

  2. If there is one thing we can take away from this, assuming past history hasnt convinced us. There is no such thong as an untradable contract.

  3. Breadman has some balls!
    Good for him…

    Those words will come at a price, I’m sure.

    • Agree Dan, good on him.