NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 9, 2017
Updates on Tomas Tatar, Nick Bonino and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
THE DETROIT NEWS: Contract talks between the Red Wings and winger Tomas Tatar could get sticky. The 26-year-old filed for salary arbitration last week. He hopes to avoid the process and sign a multi-year deal. However, if he gets a one-year deal through arbitration he warns it will be his last with the Wings.
The two sides are reportedly far apart in contract talks, with the Wings reportedly hoping to sign Tatar to a deal worth around $5 million annually and the winger’s camp seeking $1 million more per season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bear in mind that many of these contract discussions are sorted out before heading to arbitration. Still, Tatar’s situation will be worth following as his hearing approaches on July 20.
NHL.COM: The arbitration schedule was released yesterday. Among the notables are Tatar’s(see above), Mikael Granlund (Aug. 4), Nino Niederreiter (Aug. 3), Viktor Arvidsson (July 22), Mika Zibanejad (July 25), Colton Parayko and Tyler Johnson (July 20) and Ondrej Palat (July 25).
NBC SPORTS: Nashville Predators center Nick Bonino chose not to have surgery to repair his broken left tibia. He suffered the injury during Game 2 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. Bonino will have it re-examined in two weeks time to determine how it is healing.
WGR 550: The Buffalo Sabres yesterday re-signed center Johan Larsson to a two-year, $2.95 million contract.
NBC SPORTS: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov has a mutual agreement with KHL club CSKA Moscow, but he’s waiting until the end of July to get a better deal from the Avs. Contract term is reportedly the sticking point.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Zadorov, 22, is completing his entry-level contract and lacks arbitration rights. Threatening to play in the KHL is about the only real leverage he has with the Avs.
NORTH JERSEY.COM: The New Jersey Devils announced they’ve hired former Vancouver Canucks goaltending coach Roland Melanson to replace Chris Terreri in that role. The move reunites Melanson with Devils netminder Cory Schneider, who played for the Canucks before he was traded to the Devils on June 30, 2013.