NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 31, 2016

by | Aug 31, 2016 | News, NHL | 2 comments

Latest contract news plus updates on Ryan Callahan, Blake Wheeler & more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines.

Carolina Hurricanes extend the contract of general manager Ron Francis.

Carolina Hurricanes extend the contract of general manager Ron Francis.

 THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes signed general manager Ron Francis to a contract extension to 2018-19. In a statement, team owner Peter Karmanos Jr. praised Francis for rebuilding the Hurricanes “the right way, stocking our team and system with young players who will help this franchise compete for the Stanley Cup year in and year out.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  The Hurricanes are stocked with promising young players, especially on their blue line. The club was competitive throughout last season and came very close to reaching the postseason. They could contend for a playoff berth this season.

THE BOSTON GLOBE:  The Bruins signed former New York Rangers center Dominic Moore to a one-year, $900K contract. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is an affordable depth signing by the Bruins. Moore, 36, will bring experienced depth to their checking lines. 

NHL.COM: Former Vancouver Canucks winger Chris Higgins joins the Calgary Flames on a professional tryout offer. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets signed UFA center Jarret Stoll to a PTO contract.

WINNIPEG SUN: Now mature and comfortable in his role as a top-10 scorer and team leader, Blake Wheeler is considered a candidate to become captain of the Winnipeg Jets. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES:  Lightning winger Ryan Callahan (hip surgery) is expected to return to action in mid-November. 

THE WASHINGTON POST: Restricted free agent defenseman Dmitri Orlov remains unsigned, but the Capitals see him filling a bigger role this season on their blueline. 

THE DETROIT NEWS:  Former Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood is joining the ownership of the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit.


  1. I really like Orlov. I suggested him as an RFA offer sheet target a few weeks back & not for huge money but solid top 4 money in the 4.5 range; a 1st & 3rd the potential compensation, for like 5 years. Washington would match but with only 3.5 mil in cap space & 1 more player other than Orlov to add at D; just a depth guy 7/8, to get to the 23 man roster it would force them to move someone off the current roster to get cap compliant.

    Pushing the 5 mil range would really screw Washington & I have Orlov in the same range as Dman like Maatta, Brodin, Trouba, Ceci, etc. even the Reilly’s of the world. He will eventually be a solid top pairing Dman with some decent offense. It’s risky as he’s very raw having missed a significant # of games spread over his 2nd & 3rd seasons in the league but I see him as a very solid #2 Dman in 2 more years. A very hard commodity to find.

    • please do. we’ll take the compensation, gladly.