NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 26, 2018
List of notable players who didn’t receive qualifying offers and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NBC SPORTS: Washington Capitals winger Devante Smith-Pelly, Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Petr Mrazek, Chicago Blackhawks winger Anthony Duclair, Vancouver Canucks defenseman Derrick Pouliot and Los Angeles Kings forward Tobias Rieder were among the notable players who didn’t receive qualifying offers yesterday.
Others included Buffalo Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner, Colorado Avalanche winger Nail Yakupov and Pittsburgh Penguins forwards Riley Sheahan and Tom Kuhnhackl.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: These players can still sign with their current teams and some are believed still in contract discussions. Most, however, will become unrestricted free agents on July 1 and can sign with anyone on that date.
The Capitals not qualifying playoff hero Smith-Pelly raised some eyebrows. They’re reportedly still talking contract with him and it’s believed they made this move to avoid arbitration with the winger. It remains to be seen, however, if they’ll reach agreement on a new deal.
MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings agreed to a “two-year deal with Tyler Bertuzzi ($1.4 million cap hit) and a one-year contract with Martin Frk ($1.05 million cap hit).”
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes re-signed forward Phil Di Giuseppe to a one-year, $750K contract.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: The Penguins re-signed wingers Daniel Sprong and Dominik Simon to two-year contracts each worth $750K annually.
NHL.COM: The Minnesota Wild agreed to terms with defenseman Ryan Murphy on a one-year, two-way deal worth $650K at the NHL level.