NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 9, 2018
Latest on Marc-Andre Fleury, David Perron, Valeri Nichushkin and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
LAS VEGAS SUN: Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury said he’d like to finish his career with the Vegas Golden Knights. Fleury, 33, is a year away from unrestricted free agent status.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fleury quickly became the face of the Golden Knights this season. They can re-sign him as early as July 1, one year from his eligibility for UFA status. His current annual cap hit is $5.75 million. They could opt to re-up him this summer or wait and see how he performs next season before offering up another contract.
David Perron revealed he and his agent discussed a contract extension during the season but couldn’t come to terms. He will be an unrestricted free agent. #VegasBorn
— David Schoen 📰🗞🏒 (@DavidSchoenLVRJ) June 8, 2018
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Perron led the Golden Knights in assists this season and was among their leading scorers. He was hampered by injury and illness through the playoffs, so it’ll be interesting to see what effect his postseason performance has upon his contract negotiations.
TSN: A report out of Russia claims the Dallas Stars have agreed to a two-year contract with Valeri Nichushkin, who spent the past two seasons playing in the KHL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For several weeks there’s been anticipation of Nichushkin returning to the Stars, who own his NHL rights. So far, however, there’s no official word yet from the Stars or the Nichushkin camp confirming this deal.
LA KINGS INSIDER: The Los Angeles Kings announced assistant coach Pierre Turgeon won’t be returning next season. Turgeon has stepped down for family reasons.
TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs have traded the rights to prospect forward Nolan Vesey to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a seventh-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. The Oilers immediately signed Vesey to a two-year contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Vesey is the younger brother of New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey.
KUKLA’S KORNER: Here’s the upcoming key dates in the NHL’s offseason calendar:
20th 2018 NHL Awards presented by Hulu (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nev.)
22-23rd 2018 NHL Draft (American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas)
1st Free agency begins (12 p.m. ET)
5th Deadline for player-elected salary arbitration notification (5 p.m. ET)
6th Deadline for club-elected salary arbitration notification (5 p.m. ET
20 – Aug. 4th Salary arbitration hearings held
6th Deadline for salary arbitration decisions to be rendered