NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 24, 2017
Salary arbitration update plus latest on Kris Letang, Carey Price & Jimmy Howard in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: This week’s list of salary arbitration hearings include Pittsburgh’s Brian Dumoulin and Nashville’s Austin Watson (July 24), the New York Rangers’ Mika Zibanejad (July 25), Boston’s Ryan Spooner (July 26) and Buffalo’s Robin Lehner (July 27).
SPORTSNET’s Elliotte Friedman reports Zibanejad seeks a one-year, $5.35 million contract, while the Rangers are offer a one-year, $4.1 million deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So far, every player but one (Detroit’s Tomas Tatar) who filed for arbitration re-signed with their respective clubs before their scheduled hearings. Tatar and the Wings reached an agreement on a settlement following his hearing.
TSN: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang yesterday visited children at Montreal’s Ste-Justine hospital with the Stanley Cup.
NBC SPORTS: The Montreal Canadiens could give backup goaltender Al Montoya more starts to avoid burning out starter Carey Price.
The Detroit Red Wings hope to give Jimmy Howard 50-55 starts this coming season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A year ago, Howard’s time with the Wings seemed numbered as the Wings planned to transition toward Petr Mrazek as their starter. Howard, however, played very well before being sidelined by injury last season while Mrazek struggled in the stater’s job.