NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 15, 2017
Latest contract signings and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning yesterday avoided salary arbitration with left wing Ondrej Palat by signing him to a five-year, $26.5 million contract. The Lightning also signed Michael Bournival to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650K.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Palat’s annual average salary is $5.3 million, which is slightly more than Tyler Johnson’s $5 million annual cap hit though the latter’s contract is for seven years.
It’s another affordable re-signing by Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman, who’s done a good job convincing most of his core players to accept less than market value to remain in Tampa Bay. The Bolts now have over $71 million invested in 22 players for 2017-18.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Stu Cowan believes it appears increasingly unlikely defenseman Andrei Markov will return to the Montreal Canadiens.
THE DETROIT NEWS: A report out of Slovakia claims winger Tomas Tatar wants to stay with the Red Wings. His agent claims Tatar has “an excellent relationship” with Wings GM Ken Holland. The winger also thinks he should stop talking to the media about his contract negotiations.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s always best not to reveal too much to the press about your contract talks. Tatar’s arbitration hearing is slated for July 20, so we’ll find out very soon just how great his relationship with Holland really is.
TSN: Retired New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein signed a one-year deal with ZSC Lions in Zurich, Switzerland. Meanwhile, former NHL winger R.J. Umberger will attempt a comeback with the Dallas Stars this fall on a tryout basis.
AZCENTRAL.COM: The Arizona Coyotes are discussing a one- or two-year deal with winger Anthony Duclair.
CALGARY SUN: The Flames signed winger Curtis Lazar to a two-year deal worth $950K annually.
CSNNE.COM: The Boston Bruins re-signed goaltenders Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre to identical two-year, two-way contracts worth $650K at the NHL level.
LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: The Kings signed defenseman Kevin Gravel to a one-year, $650K contract and Paul LaDue to a one-year, two-way deal worth over $874K at the NHL level.
FORBES.COM: Mike Ozanian calls a report of an offer to purchase the Carolina Hurricanes for around $500 million “fake news.” Businessman Chuck Greenberg is part of an ownership group based in Texas apparently interested in acquiring the Hurricanes and keeping them in Raleigh.
Ozanian said Greenberg has only submitted a non-binding letter of intent, the proposed purchase price is nowhere near $500 million and Greenberg apparently isn’t even close to raising the cash to buy the club.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This comes only a day after the news of Greenberg’s apparent interest in the Hurricanes. It’ll be interesting to see how this story develops in the coming days.