NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 31, 2017
Wild re-sign Niederreiter, Penguins re-up Sheary and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild yesterday avoided salary arbitration with winger Nino Niederreiter by re-signing him to a five-year, $26.25-million contract. The annual average value is $5.25 million, making the 24-year-old the fourth-highest paid player on the Wild.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Niederreiter reached career highs last season in goals (25), assists (32) and points (57). He finished third in goals and fourth in points on the Wild. His new deal reportedly lacks no-trade protection.
The annual cap hit is double the $2.66 million of his previous contract. He’s steadily improved since joining the Wild in 2013. Given his age and development, he should be a consistent 25-goal, 55-point player for the Wild. His new contract is pretty much the standard for players of his skill set.
Niederreiter’s new contract could be close to what teammate Mikael Granlund, who’s slated for salary arbitration on Friday, will likely receive. Granlund led the Wild in assists (43) and points (69) last season and could get between $5.5 million-$5.8 million annually.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: The Penguins yesterday re-signed forward Conor Sheary to a three-year, $9-million contract. The annual average value is $3 million and lacks no-trade protection. He was slated for salary arbitration on Aug. 4.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a reasonable new deal for the 25-year-old Sheary. He had a solid sophomore season with 23 goals and 53 points in 61 games but struggled offensively through most of the 2017 playoffs. If he can put up consistently put up good numbers over the next three seasons he’ll be in line for a bigger deal down the road.
Sheary’s signing leaves the Pens with just over $3.2 million in cap space. That won’t leave much to add a third-line center and perhaps bring back Matt Cullen. I’ll have more later this morning in the Rumors section.
STLTODAY.COM: After missing most of the second half of last season to a knee injury, St. Louis Blues forward Robby Fabbri is looking forward to training camp in September.
NEWSDAY: A long-awaited request for proposals to develop Belmont Park gives the New York Islanders an opportunity to make a bid to construct a new arena.