NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 27, 2017
Updates on Connor Brown, Matt Hendricks and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs yesterday announced the signing of restricted free agent forward Connor Brown to a three-year contract. The annual average salary is $2.1 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A reasonable deal for a guy who tallied 20 goals and 36 points in his rookie season. Brown was the Leafs’ last remaining free agent. His new contract leaves the Leafs sitting at over $4.5 million above the $75 million cap ceiling but they’ll get cap relief with Nathan Horton ($5.3 million cap hit) and Joffrey Lupul ($5.25 million) on long-term injury reserve.
TORONTO STAR: Speaking of the Leafs, head coach Mike Babcock must ensure his young players cope with rising expectations following last season’s surprising improvement.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Winnipeg Jets signed unrestricted free agent center Matt Hendricks to a one-year, $700K contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hendricks, 36, spent the last 3 1/2 seasons with the Edmonton Oilers. He’ll likely center the Jets’ fourth line and work on the penalty kill.
STLTODAY.COM: Former NHL enforcer Cam Janssen will be among the 2017 inductees into the St. Louis Amateur Hockey Hall of Fame. “Janssen, 33, is believed to be the first born-and-bred St. Louisan to play in the NHL.”