NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 10, 2017
Flyers re-sign Gostisbehere, Sissons avoids suspension & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As per Cap Friendly, Gostisbehere’s actual salary is front loaded. He’ll earn $6 million annually over the next two seasons, $5.25 million in season three, and $3.5 million annually over the final three seasons. Part of his salary in 2021-22 and 2022-23 will be paid out in signing bonuses. The latter ensures he receives a portion of his salary if there’s another lockout at the end of this CBA.
Gostisbehere is now the Flyers’ second-highest paid defenseman after Andrew MacDonald and his $5 million annual cap hit. Should the 24-year-old regain the form that made him a finalist for the Calder Trophy in 2015-16, this could prove a worthwhile long-term deal for the Flyers. They obviously see him as a key part of their rebuilding blueline corps.
THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators center Colton Sissons won’t face supplemental discipline for crosschecking Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta in the head during Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. Sissons received a match penalty for the incident.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets yesterday re-signed backup goaltender Joonas Korpisalo to a two-year deal worth an average cap hit of $900K. They also hired recently retired forward Gregory Campbell as an assistant player development coach.
NHL.COM: The New York Islanders signed forward Steve Bernier to a two-year, two-way contract.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knight have hired Ryan Craig as an assistant coach.
CALGARY SUN: Calgary city councillors claim talks regarding a new arena deal between the city and the Flames are going well and details could be revealed soon. Earlier in the week, Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke raised eyebrows by suggesting the club would move if they don’t get a new rink.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If talks are going well and the two sides are in fact close to hammering out a new arena plan, Burke’s comments about relocation are quite puzzling. Maybe he thought his outspokenness might hasten the process. The club has distanced itself from Burke’s comments.