NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 7, 2017
Results of this year’s salary arbitration plus latest on Sidney Crosby & Patrick Kane in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
SPORTSNET: compiled a list of the results of this year’s recently completed NHL salary arbitration period. Of the 30 players who filed for arbitration, only two (Detroit’s Tomas Tatar and Vegas’ Nate Schmidt) went through hearings and only one (Schmidt) was awarded a contract by an arbiter. 28 re-signed with their respective teams before their slated hearings. Tatar and the Red Wings agreed to a deal before an arbiter could reach a decision.
Among the notables who re-signed were Tatar (four years with a $5.3 million annual average value), Minnesota’s Nino Niederreiter (five years at $5.25 million) and Mikael Granlund (three years at $5.75 million), Montreal Alex Galchenyuk (three years at $4.9 million), Nashville’s Viktor Arvidsson (seven years at $4.25 million), New York Rangers Mika Zibanejad (five years at $5.35 million), Pittsburgh’s Brian Dumoulin (six years at $4.1 million), St. Louis’ Colton Parayko (five years at $5.5 million) and Tampa Bay’s Tyler Johnson (seven years at $5 million) and Ondrej Palat (five years at $5.3 million).
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Another arbitration period passes without any drama. When players file for arbitration it rarely sets up a showdown with their clubs. They’re simply establishing deadlines to get contracts hammered out and avoiding talks dragging on throughout the summer.
TORONTO SUN: Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby spent Sunday in Halifax visiting a children’s hospital and a veterans retirement home with the Stanley Cup. He’ll celebrate his 30th birthday today by parading the Cup through his hometown of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia and Rimouski, Quebec. The latter is where Crosby played his junior hockey.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks star Patrick Kane’s team dropped a 14-12 decision to teammate Vinnie Hinostroza’s team during the inaugural Chicago Hockey Charity Classic. The game and silent auction raised over $130,000, surpassing the goal of $100,000.