NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 28, 2017
Updates on Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Jaromir Jagr and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
CSN BAY AREA: The Los Angeles Kings reportedly consider San Jose Sharks center a “priority” if he hits the unrestricted free agent market on July 1.
THE ATHLETIC.com’s Craig Custance reports “Toronto, Anaheim, NYR, SJ, Carolina, Nashville, LA ” are all in the mix for Sharks forward and pending UFA Patrick Marleau.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite their ages (37) it’s apparent Thornton and Marleau remain enticing to general managers from rival clubs. Neither player will get lucrative long-term offers but could receive two-year deals.
NBC SPORTS: The Florida Panthers want to bring back 45-year-old right wing Jaromir Jagr, but for slightly less than the $4 million he earned last season.
SPORTSNET’s Elliotte Friedman reports the Tampa Bay Lightning apparently expressed interest in former New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi, who was bought out of his contract earlier this month.
TSN’s Darren Dreger reports hearing a dozen teams have reached out to Calgary Flames pending UFA winger Kris Versteeg. The Flames remain in discussions to bring him back.
SPORTSNET: Columbus Blue Jackets team president John Davidson acknowledged his club has interest in acquiring New Jersey Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk, who is interested in returning to the NHL after spending the last four seasons in Russia.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Once Kovalchuk signs a new contract on July 1, the Devils can trade him if they wish.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers re-signed Eric Gryba to a two-year deal worth $900K annually.
CALGARY SUN: The Flames signed highly-prized college free-agent prospect Spencer Foo, who was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres development coach Randy Cunneyworth and scouts Jon Christiano and Kevin Prendergast.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes re-signed forward Patrick Brown to a one-year, two-way contract.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks allowed forward Dennis Rasmussen to depart via free agency.