NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 23, 2017

by | Jul 23, 2017 | News, NHL | 12 comments

The Nashville Predators re-sign Viktor Arvidsson to a seven-year contract.

Predators re-sign Viktor Arvidsson plus updates on Brian Dumoulin, Ryan Spooner and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators agreed to a new seven-year, $29.75 million contract with winger Viktor Arvidsson. The two sides took part in an arbitration hearing on Saturday but came to terms on a new deal before the arbiter reached a decision. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Arvidsson’s new contract carries an annual average value of $4.25 million, which is a significant pay raise over the $630K AAV of his previous deal. The 24-year-old enjoyed a breakout performance last season, tallying 31 goals and 61 points, tying the team lead in goals (with Filip Forsberg) and points (with Ryan Johansen). Should Arvidsson maintain that level of production, this contract will be considered another economical signing by Predators GM David Poile. 

NBC SPORTS: The Predators next order of business is re-signing forward Austin Watson, who’s scheduled for arbitration on Monday. Watson seeks a one-year deal worth $1.4 million and the Preds offered $700K. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin also has an arbitration hearing on Monday. The 25-year-old blueliner seeks a one-year contract worth $4.35 million. The Penguins countered with $1.95 million. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Holy lowball, Batman, the Pens offer is almost insulting. Granted, it’s a significant raise over the $800K AAV Dumoulin earned on his previous contract, but he’s clearly worth more than $1.95 million. My guess is they’ll settle on a four-year deal worth $3.5 million per season, though it wouldn’t surprise me if this turns into a Colton Parayko situation where they agree to a long-term contract with an annual cap hit much higher than their proposed numbers. 

THE BOSTON GLOBE: The agent for Bruins forward Ryan Spooner indicates his client’s arbitration hearing could take place on Wednesday. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes avoided arbitration with forward Jordan Martinook, signing him to a two-year contract with an annual average value of $1.8 million. 




  1. I’ve long said Dumoulin will get between 4 and 4.5 for at least 5 years and in 2 years it will look like a bargain. Hainsy got 3 million and he’s just barely not useless. Dumoulin still has a lot of upside. He’s 6’4″ and can skate like Letang. He’s put up better scoring numbers at other levels as well and he carries the puck well. Plus the Penguins need him more than he needs them. There are plenty of teams who would be happy to have him at 4 per year. Who is going to replace him? Hunwick? Fat chance.

    • I’m certainly not a Hainsy fan, he played extremely well and was very calm under pressure and played a ton of minutes in the playoffs. Maatta was my concern in the playoffs. cough up the puck a lot and thru blind passes out into the slot when he heard foot steps. lets hope he grows out of that.

      • hainsey made maatta look like bobby orr in the playoffs…

  2. Just me or does swedes in general get lower aav than any other countries counterpart? Seems like many comes with team-friendly deals. Now, this might still be a bad deal – but if last season is about his new level of production this is about 2-3m/y less than you would expect.
    Good signing!

    • Certainly good value for the Preds bases on what you see other getting paid. Don’t you have to wonder about the agent, why would he advise his client to sign that contract?

    • I think it’s just you. Hedman, Lundqvist, the Sedins, Zetterberg, Backstrom etc. some are under what they should make like Karlsson… but his day is rapidly approaching.

      • Like a runaway freight train!

      • Barring some unseen injury or freakish drop in production what will Karlsson be getting? 10.5-12+ when his day comes?

      • You just gave ol’ Eugene a cold shudder somewhere in Barbados!

      • Maybe you’re right, but I see Backstrom as good value and Karlsson right now is great. I think Hedman could’ve got more aswell. Lundqvist though is really bad.
        Lets see what Karlsson sign for 🙂

      • Karlsson’s deal is 6 years old too. This is a contract that was fair value or better coming off his elc. Backstrom is entering his 8th year of this deal. Which again coming off an elc was fair value or better at the time. His 101 point season on his final year of elc was his best to date. He hasn’t even sniffed 100 points since. Probably both scenarios where the deal hurt the player and helped the team.

      • I’m not saying you are wrong, and it might just be the years passed since they were signed. But maybe that’s why it feels like that for me. And GM Polie with Arvidsson, Jarnkrok and Forsberg.