NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 17, 2017
Latest on John Tavares, David Pastrnak, Logan Couture and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NEWSDAY: New York Islanders captain John Tavares isn’t concerned about not having yet re-signed a new contract a month before the start of training camp. While not getting into the details, he said he’s “trying to determine things, let the process run its course, keep the lines of communication open, keep it all internal and it’s been good so far.”
Tavares is also waiting to see what happens regarding the Islanders bid to build a new arena on a 43-acre lot in Belmont Park. He points out everyone’s contract circumstances are different and doesn’t see this being a distraction.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It might not be a distraction for Tavares, but it certainly will be for Islanders fans the longer he goes without a new deal. Still, he makes a good point that everyone’s contract situation is different. It’s also his right to remain patient and see how things shake out over the coming season if that’s his intent.
BOSTON HERALD: Leon Draitsaitl’s new eight-year, $68 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers could affect the Boston Bruins efforts to re-sign right wing David Pastrnak. The Bruins hoped to get him inked to a six-year deal worth $6 million annually but the Pastrnak camp could use Draisaitl’s new deal as a comparable in pushing for a more expensive deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pastrnak and his agent probably won’t seek a deal similar to Draisaitl’s but I can see them pushing for up to $7 million annually on a long-term contract.
THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture said his mouth is still sore but otherwise the injuries he suffered after taking a puck to the face last season have healed. He claims the injury didn’t affect his training and hopefully won’t be bother him going forward.
TWINCITIES.COM: Unrestricted free agent center Matt Cullen decided to return for a 20th NHL season by signing a one-year, bonus-laden deal with the Minnesota Wild. The base salary is $1 million with $700K in performance bonuses. The 40-year-old Minnesota native said he made the decision for family reasons.
AWFUL ANNOUNCING: CBS Radio Las Vegas stations had intended not to report on, or even mention, the Vegas Golden Knights but changed its mind following blowback. It appears the original decision was based on losing out in bidding for the rights to broadcast the Golden Knights’ games.
THE LEGAL EXAMINER (via KUKLA’S KORNER): Looks at the legal options for the Detroit Red Wings regarding the use of their logo by several white supremacists in Charlottesville, VA last Saturday.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Single-season tickets for the Florida Panthers went on sale yesterday.