NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 27, 2017
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.