NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 27, 2017

by | Jul 27, 2017 | News, NHL | 5 comments

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid is upset by the NHL’s decision not to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Latest on Connor McDavid, Johnny Gaudreau, Ryan Spooner & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

EDMONTON SUN: Oilers captain Connor McDavid expressed his disappointment over the NHL’s decision not to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics. “I’m really upset about it,” McDavid said. “You want to be able to represent your country on the highest stage, and the Olympics is obviously the highest stage possible.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  As The Hockey News’ Ken Campbell observes, if the NHL’s star players (such as McDavid) want to go to the Olympics, they need to become more involved in collective bargaining. 

NBC SPORTS: Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau clarified his recent comments suggesting “it would be sweet” to play for the Philadelphia Flyers (his hometown team) one day. “I think if you ask any player in the NHL if they’d like to play in their hometown at some point they’d all say it would be pretty sweet,” said Gaudreau. He repeated that he loves living and playing in Calgary and isn’t ruling out re-signing with the Flames when his current contract expires in 2022. 

BOSTON HERALD: The Bruins avoided salary arbitration with Ryan Spooner, re-signing him to a one-year, $2.825 million contract. 

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo reports MInnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher hopes to avoid salary arbitration next week with forwards Nino Niederreiter (Aug. 3) and Mikael Granlund (Aug. 4). He’s “open to any angle”, referring to deals of three, four or five years in length. It’s believed the duo seek long-term deals worth over $6 million annually. The Wild have over $15.7 million in salary-cap room.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Wild can afford to re-sign both but Russo said Fletcher wants to leave sufficient room for a possible free-agent addition, such as center Matt Cullen. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes hired John MacLean and Scott Allen as assistant coaches. 

BSN DENVER: 2017 Hobey Baker Award winner Will Butcher won’t be signing with the Colorado Avalanche and intends to test the unrestricted free agent market. He’s eligible for UFA status on Aug. 15. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Butcher will be this summer’s Jimmy Vesey. I’ll have more on his status in the Rumors section. 

THE MERCURY NEWS: The San Jose Sharks hire Dave Barr as an assistant coach. 



  1. It really makes zero sense from a business perspective to have players participate in the Olympics for the NHL. Hey after all, the miracle on ice would have never happened if the NHL had its players in there. Lot of NHL Players came out of that team too. Folks just need to accept this is just going back to the way it was.

    • Really? Getting more people exposed to great hockey isn’t good for business? The NHL has recolonized that china is a huge untapped market for hockey and ants to go to the Olympics there. They just don’t think Korea is worth it, and fair enough they probably aren’t a huge market. But to say it makes zero sense…

      • 14 hour time difference, meaning the games would be shown on tape delay in the US.

        China would be the same time roughly, but the NHL will definitely send their players to the 2022 Olympic games as part of a deal to gain Chinese customers for their product

      • What has it done for the NHL since 1998? The NHL has all the risk on their side of it.

      • The exposure to great hockey doesn’t begin and end with NHL players. There are plenty of great players in the lower leagues that can represent the sport. It’s narcissistic of the players to think that no one can do it but themselves….