NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 15, 2017
Salary cap update, Rangers to buy out Girardi, Karlsson undergoes surgery & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
THE ATHLETIC: James Mirtle cites sources saying the NHL salary cap for 2017-18 is likely to be set at $75 million. The NHLPA executive board is hearing arguments on escrow and the five percent escalator clause. Should it rise to $75 million, it means the PA will have voted against using the full five percent. The current cap ceiling is $73 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As Mirtle explains, the PA could vote for that lower cap figure to ease the burden of rising escrow clawbacks from players salaries. It could, however, affect several cap-strapped teams, such as the Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks, Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Islanders.
NEW YORK POST: The Rangers announced yesterday they are buying out the final three seasons of defenseman Dan Girardi’s contract. “With the buyout, they will have dead space on the cap for the next six seasons, the value going from $2.61 million next season, followed by two seasons of $3.61 million and three seasons of $1.11 million.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Rangers appear to be making room on their roster and salary-cap payroll for a significant addition or two in the coming weeks.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators captain Erik Karlsson underwent surgery to repair torn tendons in his left foot and will require four months of recovery. The Sens also parted ways with long-time enforcer Chris Neil after 16 seasons. Neil is due to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
PHILLY.COM: Agent Anton Thun, who represents goaltender Steve Mason, doesn’t expect his client will be re-signed by the Philadelphia Flyers. Mason is due for unrestricted free agency in July.
ARIZONA SPORTS: Long-time Coyotes captain Shane Doan is leaning toward returning for another season.
TSN: Nashville Predators winger James Neal played in the Stanley Cup Final with a broken hand.
SPORTSNET: New Jersey Devils GM Ray Shero doesn’t expect to trade his first-round pick (first overall) in the 2017 NHL draft.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The last time the first overall draft pick was traded occurred in 2003, when the Florida Panthers shipped their pick to the Pittsburgh Penguins for the third overall pick. The Pens used that selection to draft goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.
CSN MID-ATLANTIC: The Washington Capitals acquired center Tyler Graovac from the Wild in exchange for a 5th round pick in 2018. The move will allow the Capitals to protect center Lars Eller in the upcoming expansion draft.
TRIBLIVE.COM: An estimated 650,000 people turned out in downtown Pittsburgh yesterday to watch the Penguins’ Stanley Cup parade.
TSN: The NHL is telling general managers not to leak any trades made with the Vegas Golden Knights prior to the unveiling of that club’s inaugural roster on June 21.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Good luck with that.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers promoted Bryan McCabe to director of player personnel.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: “Over the entire run of the 2017 playoffs, the average audience on CBC and Sportsnet was 1.61 million viewers a game – a 94-per-cent increase over last year.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Certainly helped to have several Canadian NHL teams in the playoffs.