NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 13, 2018

by | Jul 13, 2018 | News, NHL | 11 comments

Blackhawks ship Marian Hossa’s contract to the Coyotes in a multi-player deal, Jets re-sign Connor Hellebuyck, this summer’s salary-arbitration schedule and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

ARIZONA SPORTS:  The Arizona Coyotes yesterday acquired the contract of right wing Marian Hossa from the Chicago Blackhawks. They also received center Vinnie Hinostroza, defenseman Jordan Oesterle and a 2019 third-round pick from the Blackhawks in exchange for  center Marcus Kruger, Mackenzie Entwistle (Arizona’s 69th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft), prospects Jordan Maletta and Andrew Campbell, and a 2019 fifth-round pick to Chicago.

Chicago Blackhawks ship Marian Hossa’s contract to Arizona Coyotes in a multi-player trade (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Once again, the Coyotes use their cap space to take on another team’s bad contract while also picking up some young assets in the deal. Hossa is as good as retired due to a skin condition. While his cap hit is $5.275-million per season through 2020-21, his actual salary is $1 million annually over the remainder of the deal. The Coyotes intend to place him on LTIR, meaning insurance will pick up $800K of his actual salary.

While the Blackhawks are getting back some assets in this deal, it remains a salary dump on their part. Cap Friendly indicates this move gives them $9.3 million in projected salary-cap space for 2018-19, providing room to perhaps make other moves in the coming weeks. I’ll have more on that later this morning in today’s Rumors section.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets yesterday avoided salary arbitration with goaltender Connor Hellebuyck by re-signing him to a six-year, $37-million contract. The annual average value is over $6.16 million, making the 25-year-old the sixth-highest paid goaltender in the league.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hellebucyk had a breakout performance last season. He was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, carrying the Jets to the Western Conference Final for the first time in franchise history. It’ll be money well spent by the Jets if he maintains or exceeds his 2017-18 effort over the course of his new contract.

NHLPA.COM: The 2018 NHL salary-arbitration schedule was released yesterday. Among the notables are Winnipeg’s Jacob Trouba (July 20), Minnesota’s Matt Dumba (July 23) and Jason Zucker (July 28), Anaheim’s Brandon Montour (July 24), Ottawa’s Mark Stone (Aug. 3) and Vegas’ William Karlsson (Aug. 4). 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins avoided salary arbitration with defenseman Jamie Oleksiak as he inked a three-year deal worth just over $2.137 million per season. 

EDMONTON SUN: Given the Oilers’ limited cap space ($4.98 million), defenseman Darnell Nurse could get a two-year bridge deal. 

NEW YORK POST: The Rangers signed forward Cody McLeod to a one-year, $750K contract. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes signed forward Lucas Wallmark to a two-year, two-way contract. 

WGR 550: The Buffalo Sabres signed forward Sean Malone to a one-year, two-way deal. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens have invited former NHL defenseman Simon Despres to training camp on a professional tryout basis. He spent 193 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Anaheim Ducks. Despres spent last season in the Kontinental Hockey League with Bratislava Slovan.



  1. If I don’t coffee am I allowed to continue to read this section?

      • Being Friday 13th I doubt superstitious hockey minds will be making any deals today. By the way, did you know that months that begin on a Sunday always have a Friday 13th? Still, for most I suspect that Friday 13th is still better than Monday the whatever!

      • Lol George O . I agree.
        Also I never knew that about the 13th

  2. Nice signing for Pitts on JO— fair contract. However, now right at Cap— maybe $750K to spare. That is with listing DeSmith as Back up and not Jarry (still unsigned). Other than Jarry, still 3 Baby Pens to sign: Bleuger, Prow, Di Pauli

    With this tight at Cap now— no real room for ups/downs etc — GMJR needs to make another move— as no one (other than me) sees a positive trade with PK— the obvious move then for space would be Hags

    Who would have interest in Hags and what would be coming back? Who will fill his wing spot?

    The only other move for space would be Brassard (and there would be takers)— but I don’t like the vacuum left at C though.

    As it stands right now— IMO — Pens have the best 4 C’s in the league (to be clear….not top 4Cs— but best package of 4 Centres in the league— and technically as at now, they have 5C on roster in MC).

    Hags was a great PK type of guy and did get about 30 or so points, maybe 10 or so goals and maybe 15 or so minutes a game. Tough to replace— but may have to for Cap space saving

    If Hags is traded— freeing up $4M; I think GMJR should sign UFA Derek Grant — likely can get him for $1.5M or less. Had by far his best season ever— played C and was a good face-off guy— but can play (and has played ) wing

    My preference now(AND YES DON’T YELL AT ME BUT IT IS BASED ON MY PREDICTION OF HIM BEING AT PEAK NOW!!)— is to trade PK— and move to get Skinner. I believe max PK gets this year is 82 points and I see Skinner as a top 6 winger on Pens getting 70 points… so loss in my scenario is max of 10-12 points and more cap room maneuverability….. extra $1.1M

    No matter what— GMJR — MUST make some sort of move—- the $750K buffer is too tight to begin the year.

    • Pit may do nothing. Capfriendly shows them with 23 players but 14 are F’s & 7 D. Most teams carry 13 & 8 respectively. The only player who doesn’t have to clear waivers to be sent down is Zar, barring a trade I see him starting in the minors & being replaced on the roster by Elliott at the # 8D spot saving 275K getting them close to a mil in cap space.

      I agree with you that it would be tight over the entire season with so little cap space but not a chance all 3 of Malkin, Letang, nor Hornqvist can make it through a season without 1 of them on LTIR. Ha-ha!

      Finding someone to take Hagelin is the obvious solution & with Cullen returning JR is talking about possibly moving Brassard to the wing. Moving him makes sense as well to free up cap space.

      Moving out Kessel to bring in Skinner who is going to want 8 years & a significant raise may not make sense but he would sure look good skating in Heglin’s spot.

      What about moving out Heglin & Brassard to someone in separate deals & then trading for Skinner giving up a decent prospect & picks? Possibly adding in Jarry?

      • Capfriendly is wrong. It shows Hayes as a roster player. You can forget about that. He was signed for WBS and maybe for injury cal up insurance during the season. You can subtract him from the cap

      • Sorry

        Seeing your reply here now

        Was posting on the NHL Rumour Spector side

        Trading Hags …. get whatever prospect pick back in return … that’s a bonus for the future

        Then sign UFA Derek Grant…. production will be the same or highly similar … and create netcap space

      • ….and Grant mostly played C last year …. another bonus option for team

  3. The legend of Simon Despres part 2! After trying to dump him for over a year, the Pens traded him for a limited, but useful body in Lovejoy. Despres played 16 decent games in Anaheim at the end of the season. Voila la, he is a cross between Bobby Orr and Nick Lidstrom. This affords great opportunity for
    self pity, whining and complaining about the Pens hating young players. These are the same fans who used to complain that Despres was dumb, out of shape, and couldn’t stay out of the penalty box. Despite the myth of Pens fans (he’s big so he must turn into a great player someday, right?), Despres was a terrible player player for the Pens. 16 games, not to mention his whopping 4 assists the following season, prove nothing. He was likely no loss at all.

  4. That JO signing is going to look like a bargain really soon. 6’7″ and mean as hell, skates and handles the puck well, has a heavy hard shot. I think he’s a late bloomer like Chara. The team is now set and they only have one player that I can’t stand, they always seem to have one player I can’t stand so why change now?