NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 4, 2017

by | Jul 4, 2017 | News, NHL | 7 comments

Washington Capitals sign winger Devante Smith-Pelly to a one-year deal.

Collection of recent signings and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

Alexander Radulov inking a five-year contract with the Dallas Stars dominated yesterday’s free-agent signings. Here’s a look at several others. 

Two former New Jersey Devils landed with new teams yesterday. WGR 550 reports the Buffalo Sabres signed center Jacob Josefson to a one-year contract ($700K). CSN MIDATLANTIC reports the Washington Capitals signed winger Devante Smith-Pelly to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650K at the NHL level. 

MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings re-signed defenseman Xavier Ouellet to a two-year deal worth $1.25 million per season. 

TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild re-sign defenseman Mike Reilly to a two-year, $1.45 million contract. 

NBC SPORTS: The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed blueliner Slater Koekkoek to a one-year, $800K deal. 

PUCK DADDY Greg Wyshynski reports Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan had no plans to buy out Brooks Orpik’s contract. 

CSN BAY AREA: The San Jose Sharks hired Rob Zettler as an assistant coach. 

TSN: Former Colorado Avalanche center Mikhail Grigorenko has reportedly signed a three-year contract with KHL club CSKA Moscow. 



  1. Reaves gets a first Rd pick yet johannsson gets a second a third?

    • over simplified but yeah… something doesnt ring right there.

      • It’s called a salary dump. They are lucky to get anything. Chi paid Carolina Teravainen to take Bickell, Flo NJ a 2nd to take Savard’s cap hit, etc.

    • it’s called DESPERATION. Caps were ready to announce that Kuznetsov was going to be re-signed, and other GMs knew the Caps would need to trade a player to get under the salary cap.

      in Reeves’ case there was no desperation, Pens preferred protection for Sid instead of the last pick in the 1st round, where there was nothing guarenteed to make the NHL

      • I think pens are more than aware that concept of protection is a myth. It was them giving a big ol middle finger to the league about their abysmal protection of the players from a officiating and discipline point of view. trading for a guy whose team had the most suspendable hits laid against their players in his time on the team doesnt really ring with protection

    • Just like you Bigbear to try & misrepresnt the facts. Pit moved from 31 to 51. That’s 20 spots. Saying they gave up a 1st although true & not addressing the return puts you on par with the best out there. People like Brooks.

      Isn’t the cap world great. This is what happens when you give to much money to to few players.

      Was is still in cap hell. They need to sign or promote 8 more players with under 9 mil to do so.

  2. Just a few short years ago Etem and Smith Pelly were considered untouchable studs, snipers. A combined 6-7 teams later…..