NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 24, 2017

by | Jul 24, 2017 | News, NHL | 5 comments

New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad is among several players slated for salary arbitration this week.

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. 



  1. Ugg.. Montoya is bad. If your not going to ride Price in his prime with that up and coming cap hit.. I don’t know what to say.

    • Wouldn’t Condon look good now as the back-up!

      • not at that price with the cost of price

  2. Montoya is sold and Price is being paid to steal the Stanley Cup, not regular season games (unless they are needed to get into the playoffs). Montoya, however, could be playing his last season in Montreal if Lindgren shows up and takes his spot. There is a legitimate chance for him to do that.

  3. Vegas is looking at at least 3 years before they can even think about making the playoffs. The novelty will draw in the fans for the first couple of seasons anyway, so why bring in a 41 year old to ostensible help them win games, rather than play the younger guys they’ve drafted? To what end? 30th overall rather than 31st? They are looking ahead to two years of having a good spot in the lottery.