NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 5, 2017

by | Jul 5, 2017 | News, NHL

Ilya Kovalchuk will remain in the KHL next season.

Kovalchuk to stay in KHL, arbitration news, noteworthy contract signings & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

TSN: Left wing Ilya Kovalchuk won’t be returning to the NHL in 2017-18 after all. The New Jersey Devils, who own his NHL rights until July 1, 2018, unsuccessfully attempted to trade him to another club. Kovalchuk can return to the NHL next summer as an unrestricted free agent. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have on Kovalchuk and the Devils later this morning in the Rumors section. 

STARTRIBUNE.COM/NBC SPORTS: Sources say Minnesota Wild winger Nino Niederreiter intends to file for player-elected arbitration. Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar could also do the same. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As per Cap Friendly, the deadline for player-elected arbitration is 5 pm ET today. The window for club-elected arbitration is 5:01 PM ET today to 5 pm ET on July 6. 

CSN ATLANTIC: The Washington Capitals re-signed forward Andre Burakovsky to a two-year, $6 million bridge contract. The annual average value is $3 million. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes yesterday acquired center Marcus Kruger from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2018. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is a salary dump by the Golden Knights, who acquired Kruger and his $3.083 million cap hit from the Chicago Blackhawks as part of a deal for selecting defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk in last month’s expansion draft. van Riemsdyk was subsequently shipped to the Hurricanes, who’ve now added experienced checking line depth at center in Kruger. 

NEW YORK POST: The New York Rangers signed unrestricted free agent center David Desharnais to a one-year, $1 million contract. 

BSN DENVER: The Colorado Avalanche signed UFA right wing Nail Yakupov to a one-year, $875K one-way contract. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This could be the 2012 first overall pick’s last chance to salvage his once-promising NHL career. 

TSN: Vegas Golden Knights sign Oscar Lindberg to a two-year, $3.4 million contract.