NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 30, 2018

by | Jun 30, 2018 | News, NHL | 8 comments

Kings and Doughty agree to a new contract, Jets ship Mason and Armia to Montreal, Capitals re-sign Kempny and promote  Reirden to head coach, Devils hire Fletcher & and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines

LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings announced Friday evening they’ve reached agreement on terms for a new contract with defenseman Drew Doughty. It will be an eight-year extension reportedly worth an annual average value of $11 million. Doughty, 28, is a four-time Norris Trophy finalist as the NHL’s top blueliner, winning the award in 2016. He has a year remaining on his current contract.

Los Angeles Kings re-sign defenseman Drew Doughty to an eight-year contract extension (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Doughty can’t officially sign his new contract until July 1, but this is essentially a done deal. Kings insider John Hoven reports it looks like his new contract contains the same movement clause as Anze Kopitar, meaning he’ll get a full no-movement clause in the first four years and a modified no-trade over the final four seasons. 

The new contract will make him the NHL’s highest-paid defenseman, exceeding Nashville’s P.K. Subban’s cap hit by $2 million annually, which is what he said he wanted back in November. The Kings had little choice but to pay big bucks to retain Doughty, who’s among the league’s elite defensemen and an irreplaceable core player. The problem for the Kings, however, is they’ll soon have a lot of money tied up in over-30 players. 


Doughty’s new contract will obviously become the comparable for Ottawa Senators’ captain Erik Karlsson, a two-time Norris winner and four-time finalist who’s a year away from becoming an unrestricted free agent.. Whether he gets that much from the Senators or someone else remains to be seen. 


SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like the Jets are clearing cap room to re-sign Paul Stastny. As for the Habs, Armia’s a decent depth addition but I wonder if the acquisition of Mason means he’s being flipped elsewhere or perhaps he’ll be Carey Price’s backup and recently re-signed Antti Niemi is being dealt or demoted. 

NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: As expected, the Washington Capitals promoted assistant coach Todd Reirden.

WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals also re-signed defenseman Michal Kempny to a four-year, $10-million contract. The annual average value is $2.5 million. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s a significant raise for Kempny, who’s coming off a one-year, $900K contract. Acquired in February from Chicago, Kempny became a big addition to the Capitals defense corps, eventually earning first-pairing minutes during their run to the Stanley Cup this spring. Cap Friendly indicates the Capitals now have over $69 million invested in 18 players. 

NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils hired former Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher as a senior adviser to GM Ray Shero. 





  1. Good on ya Drew

    Well deserved

  2. That observation above by Filipovic is a real eye-opener – $54M in 2020-21 cap space tied up in:
    38 year old Ilya Kovalchuk – UFA in 2021-22; 36 year old Dustin Brown – UFA in 2022-23; 36 year old Jeff Carter – UFA in 2022-23; 36 year old Dion Phaneuf – UFA in 2021-22 ; 35 year old Jonathan Quick – UFA in 2023-24; 33 year old Anze Kopitar – UFA in 2024-25; 33 year old Alec Martinez – UFA in 2021-22; 31 year old Drew Doughty – UFA in 2026-27.

    And, in 2020-21 they have to deal with UFAs Toffoli (currently $4.6 mil), Lewis (currently $2 mil), Clifford (currently $1.6 mil), Muzzin (currently $4 mil), Forbort (currently $2.5 mil), and back-up goalie Campbell (currently $675,000)

  3. When you have a foundation of Doughty Kopitar Quick you always have a chance…at least for 3 more seasons ;-0

    • Exactly

  4. I heard Habs were buying out Mason

    • That’s correct, he’s been placed on unconditional waivers for buyout purposes.

      • Lyle, do you (or anyone else) know if is against league rules to have a handshake deal with an arbitration eligible player to ask for an arbitration only to immediately re-sign that handshake deal in order to take advantage of the second buyout period? I ask because it would mean the Habs would have more time to try and trade Mason for something. They could retain up to roughly 1.3 million an still come out ahead financially this year not to mention no cap hit next year plus whatever asset the gain. Worst case, they have to buyout Mason and end up at the exact same spot.

  5. Nice deal for Doughty. July 1st retaliatory tariffs against the US start. Europe has already done so and the Chinese. They way Trump keeps talking, this stuff is only going get worse. I bring this up because it is summer and it all start to really affect peoples jobs and income in time for the new season. The first thing to be dropped from people spending will be entertainment costs, like buying hockey tickets. The point is hockey revenues will take a hit. If the trade stuff keeps up long enough, the cap could stagnate, or worse, shrink. Teams have to be really careful with the terms and contracts they hand out tomorrow, sadly they likely won’t.