NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 24, 2017

by | Jun 24, 2017 | NHL, Rumors | 23 comments

The New Jersey Devils select Nico Hischier as the first overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Results of opening round of the 2017 draft, latest contract signings and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The New Jersey Devils selected Halifax Mooseheads center Nico Hischier with first overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. Brandon Wheat Kings center Nolan Patrick was taken second overall by the Philadelphia Flyers, while the Dallas Stars selected HIFK defenseman Miro Heiskanen third overall.

With the 29th overall selection, host team Chicago Blackhawks picked Portland Winterhawks blueliner Henri Jokiharju.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: You can see the full list and analysis of all the opening-round picks at the link above. Unlike recent drafts, there were no obvious can’t-miss NHL superstars such as Connor McDavid or Auston Matthews in this round. However, some of these kids could go on to NHL stardom in their own right. 

CSN MID-ATLANTIC:  The Washington Capitals re-signed right wing T.J. Oshie to an eight-year, $46-million contract. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m not surprised that the Capitals retained Oshie. Since coming to Washington in a trade from St. Louis in 2015, he quickly become an invaluable part of their roster core. His new annual cap hit of $5.75 million is a reasonable rate, as he likely could’ve received more on the open market. However, handing a winger who turns 31 in December an eight-year deal is a gamble. His game will inevitably decline over that period. 

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks re-signed left wing Patrick Eaves to a three-year, $9.45-million contract. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s a $3.15 million annual average salary for the 33-year-old Eaves, up from $1 million last season. He’s coming off a career-best 32-goal, 51-point campaign split between the Ducks and the Dallas Stars, with 11 of those goals and 14 of those points coming in Anaheim.

Eaves proved to be a good addition after joining the Ducks before last season’s trade deadline. At this stage in his career it remains to be seen if he’ll come close to those numbers again. Still, it’s a justifiable term and salary for the Ducks. 

EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers yesterday re-signed defenseman Kris Russell to a four-year, $16-million contract. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Analytics followers will hate Russell’s deal. Those who believe in human intangibles feel he’s worth retaining, though perhaps not for four years. What’s notable about the 30-year-old blueliner is he’s among the NHL’s best shot blockers. Oilers management obviously liked what he brought to their defense core. I’m sure his value to the Oilers will be debated by their fans for the next four years. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings yesterday officially bought out the final season of defenseman Matt Greene’s contract. He was slated to earn $2.5 million. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: Craig Morgan believes the Coyotes are unlikely to re-sign restricted free agent center Alex Burmistrov. 



  1. Reaves stinks! I mean who cut the cheese? Bad move. Well more pee and beer breaks while this fool fights his staged fights at least.

    • It just doesn’t add up….the Zamboni can move faster than Reaves!!

    • 4th liner at best – the move makes no sense at all.

    • This was a bone headed move. Surely Rutherford could have picked this plug up for less? This move is worse than Russell in Edmonton or Oshie for 8 yrs in Washington. Real head scratcher happening in the NHL these days.

      • Easy now. This move is hardly that bad. He ain’t breaking the bank

  2. Oshie for 8 years or Trump for 4 years. Poor choices in Washington these days.

    • It could have been a lot worse with Hillary there.

      • This is a hockey site. Leave the politics out of the comments section. Thanks!

      • Vote Dewey! ?

        Thanks Lyle. Those threads can get real ugly real fast

    • Either way (politics or hockey) if you’re not careful you will end up with some awful left-wingers. Some people never learn.

      Sorry. I couldn’t resist.

  3. Chiarelli (sorry for spelling) impresses me in the manner that he isnt afraidto make the unpopular move to di what he thinks will work out best for gis team in the long run.

    Hall for Larson
    Eberle for strome
    4 for 4 on Russell

    Non of these moves will be overly popular by the oiler fan base. Yet alot of the times GMs tey to win a trade by simply compairing players traded. How the trade affects the team as a whole is harder to judge and taking a step back now or even a layeral move to hopefully create room to make that step forward later is something i appreciate in a GM. Good vision.

  4. Wow. A 1st for Reeves. Great a bunch of dumb penalties were gna have to kill. And this in no way gna stop cheap shots on crosby. Reaves is just gna get kicked out of every game. Bad move.

  5. Love the move by Pitts to get Reaves. Slight over payment but it was the price he was willing to pay to ensure the hack and whacks, the numerous cross checks that Crosby receives in any given game come to a stop.
    Rutherford said he was bringing in someone to protect Crosby and I guess if your going to bring in someone you might as well get the best protection out there.
    I will go one step further if i’m Pitts, don’t give a rats a** about the instigator penalty. Take the penalty to protect Crosby, Malkin, Kessel and Letang. Great move by Pitts lets see how much more room is created for the penguins on the ice.
    Pitts might not be done maybe they at Chris Thorburn as a UFA.

    • If Reeves can skate/play on a line with the player he’s supposed to protect, then how can he “protect” anyone while sitting on the bench?

      • *cant

    • Protect Crosby? I thought it was his slash that severed a players finger. He’s as cheap as anyone.

    • I fall in line with your thinking, but half-heartedly because I don’t like seeing someone I regard as little more than a thug-by-regulation command such value. But Evegeni Malkin led the Penguins in penalty minutes last season, and they weren’t all for tripping. When a star player not noted for his fighting ability has to assume a deterrent role for his team, his team needs someone like Reaves. For sure, the Penguins won’t be the only players on the ice looking over their shoulders.

      • Reaves didn’t stop anyone from running St. Louis players and won’t do so for pens.

    • How many hacks whacks and cracks did he stop in St. Louis?

      • Have you ever thought of backing up your assertions with proofs? Obviously, Rutherford doesn’t agree with you, and I think he knows a lot more about his team

      • By that rationale no gm has ever made a bad move cause they know a lot more about their team.

      • By your rationale, Chisms, just your pompously declaring something is so, makes it so…no proof required. I say, Rutherford knows more about his team than you do. Proof is two Stanley Cups. You can’t ask Caper to tell you how many hacks whacks and cracks Reaves has prevented any more that he can ask you how many he hasn’t prevented. The NHL doesn’t offer statistics that could supply an answer. If you say Rutherford is wrong, show us why if you care to gain any respect for your opinion. The burden of proof is on you. You are just posting to see your name on the www if you simply make unfounded declarations.

  6. The best burn of the night when Kane tell the audience that he was taken two spots higher then Toews; the look on Toews face was priceless.