NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 28, 2017

by | May 28, 2017 | News, NHL | 3 comments

The Washington Capitals are reportedly close to re-signing winger T.J. Oshie.

Capitals reportedly close to re-signing Oshie plus updates on the Penguins, Predators, Senators & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

CSN MID-ATLANTIC: cites Sportsnet’s John Shannon yesterday saying a deal between the Washington Capitals and pending free agent winger T.J. Oshie is “all but done.” No word as to the details or when it could be announced. Oshie, 30, is completing a five-year contract with an annual average salary of $4.175 million. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to see how long this deal could be and for how much. My guess is it’ll be for five years and worth between $5.5 – $6 million annually. The Capitals currently have over $50 million invested in 11 players for next season. Oshie, Kevin Shattenkirk, Karl Alzner and Justin Williams are their notable UFAs and Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov and Andre Burakovsky are among their restricted free agents. 

THE WASHINGTON POST: Speaking of the Capitals, they will reportedly play the Toronto Maple Leafs at the US Naval Academy on March 3, 2018.

THE TENNESSEAN: Jim Balsillie’s failed attempt to buy and move the Nashville Predators in 2007, a rivalry with Chicago Blackhawks fans and the Preds’ gold jerseys are among eight reasons why the club’s fan base turned into a powerhouse.

TRIBLIVE.COM: With Kris Letang sidelined, Brian Dumoulin has taken on a larger role on the Pittsburgh Penguins blueline. 

NHL.COM: Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson will undergo an MRI and x-rays on his injured left heel. 

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators winger Clarke MacArthur hopes to receive a clean bill of health to play next season. While he returned to action after an 18-month battle with concussion symptoms, he admitted to some neck discomfort during the playoffs. 

OTTAWA SUN: Senators goaltender Craig Anderson’s wife Nicholle recently learned her throat cancer is now in remission.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to the Andersons as Nicholle completes her recovery. 

SPORTSNET: Senators winger Bobby Ryan isn’t concerned about the possibility of being selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in next month’s expansion draft. “For me? Are they going to take $7 million? No. I’m good,” Ryan said through a chuckle.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ryan has a no-movement clause but apparently the wording in his contract allows him to be unprotected in the expansion draft without his permission. His improved play in the 2017 playoffs could ensure he’s protected in the draft, but he makes a good point about how his annual salary could be a turnoff for the Golden Knights. 

NBC SPORTS: Arizona Coyotes forward Tobias Rieder underwent ankle surgery and will require 8-to-12 weeks to recover. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks re-signed defenseman Michal Kempny to a one-year extension worth $900,000.

THE PROVINCE: The Vancouver Canucks could make a pitch to host the 2019 NHL Draft. 




  1. The Capitals will be one of the most interesting teams to watch this off-season simply because they find themselves with only 11 under contract at a cap hit of $50,188,462 as I mentioned yesterday. To get 11 more signed up, and with a projected $76 mil cap, that leaves them with $25,811,538 – or an average of $2.346.503. That’s seemingly doable until you look at who it is they have to sign. As Lyle reports above, Oshie’s new deal will be announced soon and he guesses it will be in the $5.5 to $6 mil range. If the latter, that reduces that left-over amount to $19,811,538 to sign 10 – and the average drops to $1,981,153 per.

    The 3 very likely returnees from among their RFAs will be Burakovsky ($894,166), Kuznetsov ($3,000,000) and Orlov ($2,000,000) – and that combined cap hit of $5,894,166 is certain to increase fairly substantially. If in the range of $8 mil combined that then reduces the pool to 11,811,538 to sign 7 – and the average drops to $1,687362 per. Then there’s RFAs Connolly ($1,025,000), Schmidt ($812,000) and Grubauer ($750,000) who, if they return, will see that combined cap hit of $2,587,000 go up some degree – say to around $3.5 mil.

    Now they have $8,311,538 to divide among 4 players and while the average increases slightly to $2,070,000 and change we haven’t even considered UFAs Williams ($3,050,000), Alzner ($2,800,000), Shattenkirk ($4,250,000) and Winnik ($2,250,000). Everyone agrees both Shattenkirk and Williams are sure goners and probably Alzner as well. Winnik they could probably keep ata modest increase to say $2.3 – but while whoever they bring in as replacements for Alzner, Shattenkirk and Williams can be accomplished with that remaining $6 mil, they won’t be filling that lost experience.

    Watching how they resolve that will be fascinating.

  2. With the league expanding and players being exposed to the Vegas draft, it would be a good year for the players not to vote for the escalator.

  3. If Brian Dumoulin can keep his skating ability while putting on about 20 pounds of muscle over the next 2 seasons he could become one of the leagues better defensive dmen. With the experience he has gotten the last 2 years he should have a long NHL career.