NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 19, 2017
Updates on Kevin Shattenkirk, Tomas Tatar & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NEW YORK POST: The chance to play at home for a team, especially one that could win a Stanley Cup over the course of his new contract, factored into why defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk signed with the New York Rangers on July 1. He said the Rangers priority is to win every year and are willing to make moves to make their team a championship club.
While acknowledging their chances rest upon the performance of aging goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, Shattenkirk said he knows the netminder is an extremely competitive person.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Shattenkirk’s hopes of winning the Stanley Cup with the Rangers could very well depend upon Lundqvist rebounding from last season’s inconsistent performance. He turns 36 next March and his best seasons are likely behind him now.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: The Red Wings and restricted free agent Tomas Tatar remain far apart in contract negotiations with his July 20th arbitration hearing fast approaching. The Wings offered $4.1 million while the Tatar camp seeks $5.3 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This could still be settled before his hearing tomorrow. If this goes to arbitration, the two sides could agree to a new contract before the arbiter reaches a decision.
MLIVE.COM: Speaking of the Red Wings, they re-signed forward Martin Frk to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650K at the NHL level.
NBC SPORTS: A significant gap remains between the Ottawa Senators and forward Ryan Dzingel. His arbitration hearing is set for Friday (July 21) but negotiations are ongoing between the two sides.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll be surprised if this one goes to a hearing. I expect Dzingel will re-sign with the Sens before Friday. He completed a one-year, two-way contract worth $750K at the NHL level.. He could get a two-year, one-way deal worth perhaps $1.5 million per season.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators re-signed forward Pontus Aberg to a two-year, $1.3 million contract.
CSN BAY AREA: The San Jose Sharks signed Marcus Sorensen to a two-year, two-way deal worth $700K annually at the NHL level.
BOSTON HERALD: The Bruins re-signed forward Austin Czarnik to a one-year, two-way deal worth $675K at the NHL level.
DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche re-signed forwards Gabriel Bourque and Felix Girard and defenseman Duncan Siemens agreed to one-year, two-way contracts.