NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 2, 2017
Latest on Jaromir Jagr, Alexei Emelin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Daniel Alfredsson & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
MIAMI HERALD: The Florida Panthers yesterday confirmed they were parting ways with right wing Jaromir Jagr, who became an unrestricted free agent at noon ET on July 1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Panthers GM Dale Tallon yesterday thanked Jagr for his contributions to the club over the past two seasons. Tthe 45-year-old will land likely with another NHL team at some point this summer on a one-year, bonus-laden contract.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators yesterday acquired defenseman Alexei Emelin from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchanged for a 2009 third-round pick.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some observers wondered if this trade meant the Preds were preparing to ship a top-four defenseman to acquire center Matt Duchene from the Colorado Avalanche. It appears, however, this move was made simply to load up on the blueline for another run at the Stanley Cup next season.
THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche yesterday acquired forward Colin Wilson from the Nashville Predators in exchange for a 2019 fourth-round pick.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Avs fans were likely expecting a more significant move from GM Joe Sakic yesterday involving Matt Duchene. There’s speculation the Predators and Columbus Blue Jackets are interested in the 26-year-old center. Sakic declined to comment on the rumors. Most pundits still expect Duchene will be dealt at some point soon.
OTTAWA SUN: Former Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson stepped down as the club’s senior adviser of hockey operations, a role he held for the past two seasons.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No explanation was offered by Alfredsson or the club for his decision.
Russian sports writer Slava Malumud reports Ilya Kovalchuk’s Russian agent claims his client won’t make a decision about his plans for 2017-18 until Monday at the earliest.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kovalchuk spent the past four seasons with the KHL’s SKA St. Petersburg. It’s expected he’ll return to the NHL if the New Jersey Devils (who still own his NHL rights) can arrange a sign-and-trade deal.
Here’s a collection of several NHL free-agent signings that weren’t included among yesterday’s collection of notable free-agent moves.
Ottawa Senators signed center Nate Thompson to a two-year, $3.3 million contract.
Washington Capitals signed winger Brett Connolly to a two-year contract ($1.5 million annual average value).
Minnesota Wild signed defenseman Kyle Quincey to a one-year, $1.25 million contract.
Toronto Maple Leafs inked center Dominic Moore to a one-year, $1 million deal.
Chicago Blackhawks signed forwards Tommy Wingels and Lance Bouwma to one-year contracts.
Carolina Hurricanes signed forward Josh Jooris to a one-year, $775K contract.
Boston Bruins signed defenseman Paul Postma to a one-year, $725K contract.
Los Angeles Kings signed goaltender Darcy Kuemper to a one-year, $650K deal.
Arizona Coyotes signed defenseman Adam Clendening to a one-year, $650K contract.
Montreal Canadiens signed defenseman Joe Morrow to a one-year, $575K contract.