NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 3, 2017

by | Aug 3, 2017 | News, NHL | 2 comments

The Buffalo Sabres are reportedly discussing an eight-year contract with center Jack Eichel.

Latest on Jack Eichel, Patrik Elias, Calvin de Haan & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres are reportedly discussing an eight-year contract extension with center Jack Eichel, who is in the final season of his three-year entry-level contract. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  No word on the dollars but I doubt he’ll get anything close to the $100 million deal recently signed by Edmonton’s Connor McDavid, who was drafted first overall (ahead of Eichel) in the 2015 NHL Draft. I suspect he’ll get around $8 million per season, which is still a big chunk of change for someone entering his third NHL season. 

NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils will retire Patrik Elias’ No. 26 in a pregame ceremony on Feb. 24 against the New York Islanders. Elias announced his retirement last March. He’s the Devils all-time leader in goals, assists and points and helped them win the Stanley Cup in 2000 and 2003. 

NEWSDAY: The NY Islanders avoided salary arbitration with defenseman Calvin de Haan, inking him to a one-year, $3.3 million contract. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: de Haan’s gets a nice raise over the $1.966 annual cap hit of his previous contract. It’s also slightly above the $2.9 million in actual salary he made last season. He’ll be eligible next summer for unrestricted free agency if he chooses to go that route. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Defenseman Nate Schmidt still hopes to avoid salary arbitration with the Vegas Golden Knights. His hearing is slated for today. He’s seeking a one-year deal worth $2.75 million while Vegas has countered with a two-year, $1.9 million offer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Schmidt’s hearing is also the final one of this year’s arbitration period. 

STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues are expected to announce a five-year affiliation deal with the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage. They’ve also reportedly signed defenseman Nate Prosser to a one-year, two-way contract. 

THE TENNESSEAN: Hey, Nashville Predators fans! You can help your club choose their next anthem singer. Tryouts are slated for Aug. 13. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: “Rostraver Ice Garden, which won the NHL’s Kraft Hockeyville USA contest a few weeks ago, will no longer host a Penguins preseason game Sept. 24 against the St. Louis Blues.” The facility is apparently not equipped at this time to stage the event, though the Penguins will stage a practice session there. 

MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings’ preseason tickets at Little Caesars Arena go on sale Friday. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning single-game tickets go on sale Aug.11. 



  1. I’d be thrilled if Eichel signs for 8. I’ll be happy with anything under 10, but I have a feeling it could be north of there. One thing for sure, it will be heavily weighted towards signing bonus.

  2. Eichel will be getting 11 million a year, if it was 8 he’d be signed a month ago.