NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 12, 2018
Latest on Oliver Ekman-Larsson plus the latest on the Capitals, Golden Knights, Penguins, Hurricanes and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
SPORTSNET/ARIZONA SPORTS: Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson is off the trade market. After weeks of speculation over his future, Ekman-Larsson and the Coyotes are nearing agreement on an eight-year contract extension. He’s eligible for unrestricted free agent status in July 2019, meaning he cannot officially sign his new deal until July 1, 2018. The new contract would go into effect for 2019-20.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s been speculated Ekman-Larsson’s new deal could be worth around $8.25-million per season. That could be used as a comparable by Washington Capitals blueline John Carlson, who’s due to become a UFA on July 1.
NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: The Washington Capitals’ Stanley Cup parade takes place today.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights will host a celebration for their fans in downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday evening.
BSN DENVER: The Colorado Avalanche are interested in re-signing pending UFA goaltender Jonathan Bernier. Sources say there’s been recent contract discussions between the two sides.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said he’s not buying out any of his players. There was speculation little-used defenseman Matt Hunwick might be a buyout candidate, but the savings ($708,333 per season for the next four seasons) would be meager.
SPORTSNET: Vancouver Canucks prospect defenseman Olli Juolevi will undergo back surgery and is expected to require four-to-six weeks of recovery. He’s expected to be ready for training camp in September.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes have named Jeff Daniels as an assistant coach.
Can confirm that Kings assistant GM Mike Futa has signed a multi-year contract extension. First reported by @FriedgeHNIC. Futa, of course, was an oft-mentioned name for other gigs.
— Curtis Zupke (@curtiszupke) June 11, 2018