NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 11, 2017

by | Jul 11, 2017 | News, NHL | 2 comments

Tampa Bay Lightning re-sign center Tyler Johnson to a seven-year contract.

Latest on Tyler Johnson, Bo Horvat, Lindy Ruff and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning yesterday avoided salary arbitration with center Tyler Johnson, signing him to a seven-year contract worth an annual average value of $5 million. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A lengthy term for the 26-year-old Johnson at a reasonable salary. He likely would’ve commanded much more on the open market next summer but opted for the security of a long-term deal with the Lightning.

While Johnson has been banged up by injuries in his career, when healthy he’s a swift-skating, productive center. The Lightning’s next notable free agent is left wing Ondrej Palat, who’s arbitration hearing is slated for July 25. 

VANCOUVER SUN: There’s talk the Canucks could re-sign center Bo Horvat to a six-year deal this summer. Comparables include Montreal’s Jonathan Drouin (six-years, $33 million), Florida’s Aleksander Barkov (six years, $34.5 million) and Anaheim’s Rickard Rakell (six years, $22.8 million). 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Horvat, 22, completed an entry-level contract and lacks arbitration rights. However, he’s moved up the depth chart of the rebuilding Canucks and is entering his playing prime. He tallied 40 points in 2015-16 and 52 points last season. 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Rangers announced hiring former Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff as an assistant coach. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some folks might see this as the Rangers bringing in a possible replacement for bench boss Alain Vigneault. However, this seems more like a depth move for their coaching staff than any suggestion of front office dissatisfaction with Vigneault. 

TSN: The Los Angeles Kings named Pierre Turgeon as their “offensive coordinator”. The 47-year-old is a former NHL all-star who finished with 515 career goals. 

NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders named Fred Brathwaite as their new goaltending coach.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Stars re-signed forward Radek Faksa to a three-year, $6.6-million contract. He tallied 33 points in 80 games last season, along with 101 hits and 62 blocked shots. 

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets re-signed left wing Brandon Tanev to a one-year, $700K contract. 

EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers signed defenceman Yohann Auvitu to a one-year contract worth $700K. 

 








2 Comments

  1. Vigneault Actually addressed this to the media already. While explaining he was the one that inquired about Ruff, met with Ruff and had more to do with chasing Ruff than Gorton did! No matter who is an assistant coach, more than likely one would take the reigns if a coach gets ousted mid season. Just more dumb stories to justify someone’s paycheck!

    • Very true. When Boucher got the job in Ottawa he had no misgivings about the hiring of Mark Crawford as an assistant.