NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 17, 2017
Expansion draft deadlines, salary-cap update, Flyers & Coyotes swing a trade and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.com: The NHL’s expansion draft trade/waiver freeze and the moratorium on contract signings will begin at 3 PM ET today for all clubs except the Vegas Golden Knights. The deadline for the established 30 teams to submit their expansion draft protection lists to the league is 5 pm ET.
TSN: The NHLPA’s executive board is voting on a $75 million salary-cap ceiling for 2017-18.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If approved, the salary-cap floor will be set at $57 million.
NBC SPORTS: San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton is reportedly recovering well from his recent knee surgery. His contract talks with the Sharks are ongoing. He’s an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks have bought out the contract of defenseman Simon Despres. They will be on the hook for one-third of the remaining value of the contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: You can see the contract buyout breakdown at CapFriendly.com.
ARIZONA SPORTS: The Arizona Coyotes acquired forward Nick Cousins and goaltender Merrick Madsen from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward Brendan Warren and a fifth-round draft pick in 2018. The Coyotes intend to protect Cousins in the upcoming expansion draft.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Flyers carrying over $64 million in cap space for 2017-18 invested in 17 players, Cousins evidently didn’t fit into their future plans.The Coyotes value his two-way style. The 24-year-old is a restricted free agent coming off a one-year, $840K contract.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Edmonton Oilers re-signed Jujhar Khaira to a two-year contract extension worth $675K annually.
BTW, hearing MON will not qualify Nikita Nesterov — so he will be a UFA, too
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 16, 2017