NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 9, 2017

by | Sep 9, 2017 | News, NHL

Vancouver Canucks sign center Bo Horvat to a six-year deal.

 Canucks re-sign Bo Horvat, plus updates on Semyon Varlamov, Marcus Foligno & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks yesterday signed center Bo Horvat to a six-year, $33 million contract. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The annual cap hit is $5.5 million. In actual salary, Horvat will earn $6.5 million in 2017-18, $7 million in 2018-19, over $5.7 million in 2019-20 and 2021-22, $3.5 million in 2020-21 and over $4.4 million in 2022-23. The 22-year-old was the Canucks’ leading scorer last season, tallying 20 goals and 52 points.The deal leaves the Canucks with a projected $1.9 million in salary-cap space.

Horvat’s production steadily improved over the last three seasons, but critics point out his output declined over the second half of 2016-17. Still, he’s at the stage in his NHL career where his best seasons are ahead of him over the tenure of this new contract. Given this deal, Horvat’s bound to get more playing time higher up on the Canucks’ forward depth chart. Should his stats continue to rise, this will be considered a worthwhile deal for the rebuilding Canucks. 

NBC SPORTS: Speaking of the Canucks, winger Brendan Gaunce (shoulder surgery) isn’t expected to be available until early November. Meanwhile, the Canucks invited free agent forward Scottie Upshall to training camp on a tryout offer

THE DENVER POST: Six months following his second hip surgery, Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov’s “cat-like quickness” has apparently returned. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A healthy Varlamov returning to top form will certainly improve the Avalanche’s performance this season. Given their limited blueline depth, they’ll need him at his best. 

THE ATHLETIC: Minnesota Wild restricted free agent forward Marcus Foligno remains confident he’ll be re-signed before training camp opens next week. Foligno joined the Wild during a four-player trade with the Buffalo Sabres in June. 

CSN PHILLY: Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Anthony Stolarz is out indefinitely following surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. 

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Eric Duhatschek examines how the NHL salary cap created a secondary trade market for injured players and expensive contracts. 

NEWSDAY: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has ruled out the possibility of the New York Islanders returning to the refurbished Nassau Coliseum. 

TSN: Bettman, as well as deputy commissioner Bill Daly and Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello have been subpoenaed to testify in former NHL player Mike Peluso’s upcoming workers’ compensation trial in November. 

LA PRESSE: Former Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien will remain with the organization as a scout. He was fired in February and replaced by Claude Julien.