Updates on Marcus Johansson, Jonathan Bernier, Mike Richards and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals winger Marcus Johansson received a one-year, $3.75 million via arbitration, which falls between the $4.75 million Johansson sought and the $3 million offered by the Capitals.
TORONTO STAR: Jonathan Bernier’s arbitration hearing lasted over six hours yesterday in Toronto. An arbiter’s decision is expected by both sides by 2 pm ET on Sunday, Aug. 2. Bernier sought $5.1 million while the Leafs offered $2.89 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Doesn’t sound like the two sides will reach a settlement before Sunday.
TSN.CA: A month after the Los Angeles Kings terminated Mike Richards’ contract, he remains in limbo as the NHLPA continues to gather facts and info to determine if they’ll file a grievance on his behalf. Richards was detained at the Canada-US border after allegedly attempting to import a restricted substance (oxycontin). The RCMP continues its investigation. The PA and Richards have 60 days (until Aug. 29) to contest the contract termination.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As noted in the report, if the RCMP files charges against Richards, it will affect the PA’s decision to move forward with a grievance.
TSN.CA: Montreal Canadiens star P.K. Subban has spent the past month working out with former track and field star Ben Johnson in Toronto.
NHL.COM: Former NHL player Cam Connor had a lifelong friendship with pro wrestling icon Rowdy Roddy Piper, who recently passed away at the age of 61 from cardiac arrest.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: RIP Hot Rod, who was my all-time favorite pro wrestler.