NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 12, 2018

by | Jun 12, 2018 | News, NHL | 3 comments

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.

The Arizona Coyotes are reportedly closing in on a contract extension for defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Photo via NHL Images).

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.




  1. GMJR— good move— should not be a buyout.

    You must however rid yourself of TWSNBN. Take back 50%— someone will take him at $1.13— and you’ll get something (however minimal) back— Futures? 7th rounder in 2021?

    Way better than keeping him. Worst case is keeping him and playing him. Next worst is keeping him and having him in press box. Either way — $2.25M in wasted Cap space.

    I am on my knees begging now

  2. GMJR– hasn’t made many bad moves but Anti Niemi and Matt Hunwich were two of them..I LIKED REAVES SORRY TO SEE HIM GO..

    • It is amazing that Hunwick is the Pens’ only really bad contract and it’s only $2.25. I imagine that it is hard to find any other team that doesn’t have a heavier burden of bad contracts.