NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 15, 2018
Latest on Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise and Brock Boeser, plus the latest contract signings, in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: In his first interview since signing a three-year, $18.75-million contract with the Los Angeles Kings, Ilya Kovalchuk said he wanted to go to a place where he’d have a chance to win the Stanley Cup. He added he had a great meeting with Kings president Luc Robitaille and general manager Rob Blake over how they intend to use him as a player.
Kovalchuk also acknowledged the pace of the NHL has changed in the five years since he departed for the KHL. “Time’s running and I’m not getting younger. We’ll see.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The 35-year-old Kovalchuk may not boost the Kings’ speed but he still has solid offensive skills. I expect he’ll see plenty of power-play time. The Kings could be taking an expensive gamble but it could pan out if he can average 25-35 goals per season.
TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild winger Zach Parise claims he’s feeling 100 percent and looking forward to next season. The 33-year-old missed nearly half of 2017-18 to back surgery and had his postseason ended with a fractured sternum.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Injuries have hampered Parise over the past five seasons. Turning 34 on July 28, age could also soon take its toll upon his performance.
THE PROVINCE: Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning is willing to discuss a contract extension this summer with winger Brock Boeser, who was a Calder Trophy finalist last season.
TSN: Defenseman Ryan Murray accepted the Columbus Blue Jackets’ one-year, $2.825-million qualifying offer.
ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes signed defenseman Trevor Murphy and forwards Michael Bunting, Laurent Dauphin and Hudson Fasching to one-year, two-way contracts.
Nicholas Baptiste signed a one year deal with the @BuffaloSabres at $788 000 (2 way)
— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) July 14, 2018