NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 18, 2017

by | Jun 18, 2017 | News, NHL | 12 comments

Vegas Golden Knights GM George McPhee will start compiling his inaugural roster today.

Early look at some expansion draft protection lists plus Devils & Sharks swing a minor trade. Details & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights will begin compiling their roster today as the NHL expansion draft protected lists from the other 30 teams are unveiled today.

A roster/waiver freeze is currently in effect until 8 am on Thursday, June 22, but the 30 teams can discuss trades with the Golden Knights. Any deals made during this period will be officially announced after the trade/roster freeze.

The club released a statement Saturday indicating their willingness to discuss deals with other clubs so that they won’t lose a player in the expansion draft they might otherwise keep.

“The Columbus Blue Jackets reportedly have sent their first-round draft pick, No. 24 overall, in the NHL Entry Draft on Friday to the Knights, who in exchange won’t take backup goaltender Joonas Korpisalo, forward Matt Calvert or defenseman Jack Johnson. The Knights also would agree to take on the salary of David Clarkson, who has back issues and is not expected to play again. His salary cap hit is $5.25 million.”

SPORTSNET: The expansion draft protected lists will be released at 10 am ET today. Here’s an early look at some of the players who could be protected or left unprotected.






OTTAWA SUN: The Senators will roll the dice on defenseman Marc Methot as he’ll be left unprotected in the expansion draft. 

THE TENNESSEAN: It’s expected the Nashville Predators will go the eight-skater route to protect Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis, P.K. Subban and Mattias Ekholm. They’re also protecting forward Calle Jarnkrok. 

STARTRIBUNE.COM: The Minnesota Wild could be leaning toward exposing defenseman Jonas Brodin in the expansion draft. Veteran center Eric Staal could also be exposed. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: We’ll know later today which players end up protected. I daresay we’ll also hear plenty of trade speculation over the next three days involving the Golden Knights and teams hoping to avoid losing a good player in the expansion draft. Golden Knights GM George McPhee signaled his intent to stock up on draft picks and prospects.  

TVA SPORTS: Having dealt away most of goaltender Mike Smith’s contract yesterday to the Calgary Flames, a source claims they’ll have to absorb a “ghost contract” to reach next season’s salary-cap floor. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Coyotes currently have over $42.8 million invested in 18 players for 2017-18. If the salary cap floor rises to $57 million, they’ll have to take on around $16 million to become cap compliant.

Part of that will likely go toward a new starting goaltender. A good chunk could be taken up in taking on the contract of an all-but-retired player. That’s what they did last year when they acquired Pavel Datsyuk’s contract last year from Detroit and Chris Pronger’s from Philadelphia two years ago. 

TSN: Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler underwent hip surgery and will require 12 weeks of recovery. 

NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils yesterday “acquired defenseman Mirco Mueller and a 2017 fifth-round pick from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for 2017 second-round and fourth-round picks.”

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes hired Mike Bales as their new goaltending coach. Bales served in that role for four seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Penguins promoted Mike Buckley as Bales’ replacement. 



  1. Bye bye Bales. Great work!

    Happy Fathers day everyone!

  2. Methot available? Letting Karlsson’s partner go does not seem like a smart move. Dion should of agreed to waive for the Expansion draft…

    • It’s not up to Dion to figure this out. He has every right to refusal. Ottawa couldn’t trade him, so that’s on them.

      • Of course he does. Sens could lose their top pairing left side D but no brainer protecting the 23 yr old Ceci. Who else would Vegas snatch from the Sens?

    • Eugene gets to shave off his salary though…

      • He isn’t gone yet.

    • Not a chance. Phaneuf earned that NMC, Ottawa signed off on it at point of trade Phaneauf should do what ever Phaneuf wants to do.

      • without tone of voice to help I’ll say this is a completely sincere remark without no shade involved.

        It seems odd to me Striker you feel that way but have problems with UFA college players and with Kovy. Seems at odds.

      • I understand Dion earned the right with his contract etc.
        Seems to me the front office does not always need to tell the media who they asked to wave NMC and who they did not. Bad PR

        Would Vegas even select him?
        Ryan would be too hard to pass up if exposed

    • He’s signed a contract that gives him refusal to be traded. Ottawa took on that contract when he waived it while in Toronto.
      Why would you expect a player to waive it again to go to an expansion team when he wants a chance to win a cup with the remaining years of his hockey life.

  3. Arizona has been well above the cap floor even taking on all dead contracts before they are even factored in. They haven’t taken the dead contracts to make the min cap floor but due to the compensation they were paid to take them on. Although they didn’t have to pay any salary on Datsyuk insurance only covered 80% of Prongers; a nominal actual salary & Bolland’s contracts.

    Arizona will be well above the cap again this season when the season starts & not because they took on a dead or ghost contract although I assume they will continue to play this strategy as they have the cap space to do so & other teams will pay them to take their problems.

  4. Arz is only 4.2 & change below the cap floor of 53 mil as I write this. That includes Bolland’s contract so they need to sign 5 players to get to the 23 man starting roster. They have 5.9 mil in potential bonus monies owed which Capfriendly doesn’t account for when determining their cap space but the NHL does weather earned or not. If earned & it puts Arz over the cap with any bonus monies or LTIR if paid would carry forward as a penalty. Like Chicago. Azr was over in cap space last season but well under 73 in real monies & well over the min.

    Arz had the 4th highest cap hit in the NHL last season using 2.2 mil & change of LTIR cap space to be cap compliant.

    I assume Vrbata will be resigned, Doan may well return as well & they need to sign a #1 goalie, Duclair & 1 more player. They will be well above 53 mil before they help a cap strapped team in trade.