NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 19, 2018

by | Jul 19, 2018 | News, NHL | 6 comments

Updates on Alex Ovechkin and Jonathan Toews plus the latest notable contract signings in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was name Best Male Athlete at the 2018 ESPYs. (Photo via NHL Images)

  NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was named Best Male Athlete during the 2018 ESPYs on Wednesday. He’s the first NHL player to win the award. Ovechkin led the Capitals to their first Stanley Cup in franchise history this spring, earning the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is renowned for his physical two-way game, but he’s hoping to return to the more offensive style of his early-20s, when he was more of a skill player.

Now 30, Toews said he hopes to recapture “that energy, that motivation, that excitement and that mindset of a young player that just takes nothing for granted, that you had in your younger days.”

THE MERCURY NEWS: The San Jose Sharks avoided salary arbitration with forward Chris Tierney yesterday, signing him to a two-year contract worth an annual average value of over $2.93 million.

NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: The Flyers re-signed goaltender Anthony Stolarz to a one-year, two-way contract worth over $761K at the NHL level.

TSN: The Edmonton Oilers re-signed forward Josh Currie to a two-year contract. The 25-year-old Charlottetown native spent the past three seasons with the Oilers’ AHL affiliate in Bakersfield. Cap Friendly indicates the deal is worth an annual average value of $675K at the NHL level. 

NHL.COM: The New York Islanders announced the hiring of former Hamilton Bulldogs head coach John Gruden as an assistant coach.



  1. Great to hear that an NHL player was voted Best Make Athelete… Kudos Ovi.

    but Ovi for THIS year???

    He wasn’t even in top 3 for the two NHL MVP awards

    He had a great playoffs and had most goals this year in reg season but it’s quite a significant stretch to have him as a better overall athelete

    A few years ago I’d concur for sure….. but this year McD and Hall were better than him… and others

    Yes Ovi won the RR award, and Con Smythe and was part of cup winning team… but other NHL players in the past ….!!!!

    Crosby won back to back Conn Smythe’s , back to back cups and won RR in one of those years …. and was top three for MVP… did not win

    …. but Ovi wins in a year where he’s not even in top 3 in MVP voting for his individual sport … and he got this over Lebron ?

    IMO Ovi was deserving at least once and possibly twice in previous years …. but him getting it this year confuses me

    It must be the high profile “in the here and now” when voting time is … that got him in…. IMO people were not looking at Most Valuble Athelete for a “year”…. but more realistically … for that month (of voting)

    • Ovi won it while on the pundits were piling on him. Crosby is nothing but a crybaby who has a box of Kleenex on the bench next to his water bottle.

  2. So Toews plans to fix his and subsequently the Blackhawks woes…. by finding the fountain of youth? That quote should inspire terror from hawks fans😳

    • Betcha he has a great year.

  3. When a player like Toews starts talking with his mouth instead of his play, it’s “not good.”
    And why is the fact that he wants to be more productive next year even newsworthy???

  4. Ovi clearly won because russia hacked the voting. lol

    Nah. He played well and the nhl is using this opportunity to market its brand.