NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 1, 2018

by | Jul 1, 2018 | News, NHL | 5 comments

Sharks re-sign Logan Couture, James van Riemsdyk heading to Philadelphia, Mike Green returns with the Red Wings. Details and more on the early news of the NHL’s opening day of free agency in your morning coffee headlines.

**Follow this link to check out the listing of today’s notables UFA signings**

NBC SPORTS: Reports indicated the San Jose Sharks and center Logan Couture have finalized an eight-year, $64-million contract extension that he’ll officially sign today. The annual average value is $8 million.

Logan Couture and the San Jose Sharks have reportedly agreed to an eight-year contract extension (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Couture has a year remaining on his current contract worth an AAV of $6 million. It’s a big pay bump for Couture,  who’s exceeded 50 points in six of of his 10 NHL seasons. He’s among the Sharks core players but will also be 30-year-old when this new contract kicks in. That cap hit could become troublesome over the final four years of his deal as his performance begins to decline. 

NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: James van Riemsdyk is reportedly returning to the Philadelphia Flyers, as sources claim he’s signed a five-year, $35-million contract. The annual salary-cap hit is $7 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: van Riemsdyk began his NHL career with the Flyers, playing three seasons with them before being deal to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2012 for Luke Schenn. Cap Friendly indicates the Flyers have over $57 million invested in 17 players, so adding JvR pushes their cap payroll to over $64 million.

The Flyers still have plenty of room for other additions, but one wonders if this move suggests Wayne Simmonds, who has a year left on his contract and is recovering from offseason surgery, might get dealt this summer. The Flyers can afford to re-sign Simmonds but his name has surfaced in trade rumors in recent weeks. 

THE DETROIT NEWS: Defenseman Mike Green is expected to forego unrestricted free agency and sign a two-year, $10.75-million ($5.375 million AAV) with the Red Wings. The Wings are also reportedly signing former Colorado Avalanche goaltender Jonathan Bernier to a three-year deal worth $3 million annually.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Green is accepting slightly less money than his previous annual cap hit ($6 million) to stay in Detroit. He was considered the best defenseman potentially available via free agency after John Carlson re-signed with the Washington Capitals last week. The depth in quality UFA defenseman has significantly thinned with Carlson and Green off the market. 

TSN: Darren Dreger reports the Vegas Golden Knights have re-signed winger Ryan Reaves to a two-year deal worth $2.775 million annually.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Holy overpayment, Batman! That’s a big raise for a fourth-line grit player. Reaves definitely capitalized on his solid playoff performance this spring but it remains to be seen if he can maintain that form. At least it’s a short-term deal and the Golden Knights have the cap space to afford this. 

The Montreal Canadiens yesterday placed goaltender Steve Mason on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a contract buyout. They acquired Mason from the Winnipeg Jets in a deal that also brought them forward Joel Armia and two draft picks.

TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild placed forward Tyler Ennis on unconditional waivers for buyout purposes.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Dallas Stars reportedly have an agreement with former Boston Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin on a two-year deal. Meanwhile, former Stars forward Antoine Roussel is reportedly close to a four-year deal with the Vancouver Canucks worth just over $3 million annually while the Minnesota Wild are expected to sign former Stars defenseman Greg Pateryn.

NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils re-signed goaltender Eddie Lack to a one-year, $650K contract.




  1. Couture will no question be a terrible deal in the future. 8 per for a guy that has averaged 54 points per year? Yikes! How’s that Stepan deal looking now Chrism?

    • Has Stepan ever scored 30+ goals in 1 season?

      When Stepan’s contract is up in 2 years & he’s facing UFA status & a new contract let’s revisit, he will be getting a significant raise then probably for as much as Couture got today or very close. They should all thank Connor McDavid for accelerating inflation in the NHL.

      Couture has 3 30+ goal seasons 3 60+ point seasons & 2 over seasons where if not for the lockout & or injury would have been.

      Nor has he ever played as SJ’s #1. I would take Couture before Stepan in a walk. I like Stepan & have defended him here often, a great lower end #1 C. Couture is a notch above especially for his goal-scoring ability.

      This is simply the market I don’t get why people have an issue with it.

  2. Jvr will be a bad deal in 2 yrs! What a terrible move by hextall, philly should have fired him before they let him do this

    • I don’t think so. In 2 years JvR will be 31. He doesn’t play to his size, is a bit of a train wreck defensively but generates 25+ goals consistently which puts him in solid demand & limited company in today’s NHL.

      As the term was shorter 5 years the cap hit goes up, that’s the market.

      • I don’t think with jvr his height weight and speed show players like him drop of drastically when they hit 30