NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 12, 2018

by | Jul 12, 2018 | News, NHL | 4 comments

Updates on John Tavares and Oliver Ekman-Larsson, the latest notable contract signings and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

Former New York Islanders captain John Tavares apologized to Isles fans regarding his decision to sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs (Photo via NHL Images)

  NEWSDAY: In a recent Players Tribune article, former New York Islanders captain John Tavares apologized to Islanders fans for things not working out regarding his decision to depart via free agency. He signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 1.

Tavares also apologized for the club falling short of winning the Stanley Cup during his captaincy, expressing his gratitude for their support. He described how he agonized over trying to decide if he’d stay or join the Leafs, his hometown team.

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson donated $125,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale.

DETROIT NEWS: The Red Wings re-signed forward Anthony Mantha to a two-year, $6.6-million contract.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning re-upped left wing Adam Erne to a one-year, $800K deal.

SPORTSNET: The Toronto Maple Leafs signed forward Frederik Gauthier to a two-year, two-way deal worth $675K annually at the NHL level.

NBC SPORTS: With his playing career drawing to a close, NHL winger Brian Gionta is contemplating his future, which could include coaching.

WGR 550: The Buffalo Sabres have hired Steve Smith as an assistant coach. He spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach with the Carolina Hurricanes.

BOSTON HERALD: With long-time anthem signer Rene Rancourt retired, the Bruins are taking applications for his replacement.




  1. Steve Smith suddenly leaving Carolina for the same position at Buffalo is interesting. It may be an indication that he was not happy with the Dundon/Wadell off season moves or Tom Dundon’s management style.

    • Or it could be it’s to warm in NC, or he really likes SNOW?

  2. Out of all that news the best is that stupid Boston singer retiring. I cannot stand listening to him or his stupid antics after every song he sings. Good riddance

    • Thank God……had to change channel just sitting I wouldn’t have to see or hear him