NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 30, 2017
This week’s arbitration dates, Stars to host 2018 Draft & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHLPA.COM: This week is the final one for this summer’s NHL salary arbitration hearings. The notables include Minnesota Wild forwards Nino Niederreiter (Aug.3) and Mikael Granlund (Aug. 4), Pittsburgh Penguins forward Conor Sheary (Aug. 4), New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (Aug. 2) Buffalo Sabres blueliner Nathan Beaulieu (Aug. 4) and Vegas Golden Knights rearguard Nate Schmidt (Aug. 3).
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So far, only one arbitration hearing was held and that was Detroit’s Tomas Tatar, who agreed to a new contract with the Red Wings before the arbiter’s decision was reached. Don’t be surprised if the aforementioned players end up re-signing with their respective teams before their scheduled hearings.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: For the first time in NHL history, the annual draft will be held in Texas. It was announced yesterday that the Dallas Stars will host the 2018 NHL Draft on June 22-23, 2018.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets are reaping the rewards from the best season in franchise history. The season-ticket base has risen by more than 1,000 fans to above 10,000. Their season-ticket renewals are at an all-time high (96 percent) and corporate partnerships are strengthening.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After years of mediocrity, the Jackets have finally given their fans something worth supporting. With their depth in promising young talent, they are in good position to build upon last season’s success.
SPORTSNET: Former Quebec Nordiques coach and general manager Maurice Filion passed away Friday at the age of 85. He built the Nords into a WHA champion and transitioned with them in 1979 to the NHL. He drafted Michel Goulet and Dale Hunter and was also there when the Stastny brothers joined the club following their defection from Czechoslovakia in 1981.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Filion’s family and friends.