NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 25, 2018

by | Jul 25, 2018 | News, NHL | 3 comments

Austin Watson pleads no contest to domestic assault, an update on Jake Gardiner, the latest notable contract signings and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson yesterday pleaded no contest to a criminal misdemeanor domestic assault charge involving an incident with his girlfriend at a gas station last month and received three months probation. The NHL released a statement indicating it will launch an investigation to determine if Watson will receive league discipline. Watson’s attorney said his client will cooperate with the league investigation.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Watson could receive a fine or a suspension from the league, which could come before the start of the 2018-19 season.

TSN: The Athletic’s James Mirtle yesterday said he knows agent Pat Brisson, who represents defenseman Jake Gardiner, has met with Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas to discuss a new contract for his client.

The agent for defenseman Jake Gardiner has reportedly met with Toronto Maple Leafs management to discuss his contract (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gardiner is due to become an unrestricted free agent next July. So far, there’s no word the two sides are actively pursuing a contract extension.

Gardiner was made the goat by Leafs fans for the club’s Game 7 defeat to the Boston Bruins in the opening round of the 2018 playoffs. To his credit, the blueliner took responsibility for what he called one of the worst moments of his career. However, that hasn’t prevented some Leafs followers calling for management to trade him

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks avoided salary arbitration with defenseman Brandon Montour as the two sides agreed to a two-year, $6.775-million contract. “Montour will make $3.250 million in 2018-19 and $3.525 million the following season.”

STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues and defenseman Joel Edmundson also avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $3 million.

NBC SPORTS: A month after being traded to the Colorado Avalanche and being bought out of the final season of his contract, defenseman Brooks Orpik has returned to the Washington Capitals. He signed a one-year, $1-million contract with the Caps, who shipped him to the Avalanche to free up salary to re-sign pending free agents such as blueliner John Carlson.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets yesterday re-signed defenseman Tucker Poolman to a three-year, $2.325-million contract and avoided salary arbitration with winger Marko Dano by agreeing to a one-year, $800K deal.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner Mario Lemieux has put his “50-room Quebec castle on the market Tuesday with an asking price of $21,999,066.”

TSN: A lawyer for former NHL players who filed lawsuits against the league won’t appeal a judge’s decision to deny their motion to proceed as a class action suit. It’s now up to those players to file individual suits against the league. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Chuck Kaiton, the long-time play-by-play man for the Carolina Hurricanes, is out of a job after 39 years. He and the club were unable to reach agreement on a new contract. Kaiton began covering the team in 1979 when they were known as the Hartford Whalers. 



  1. Wow on the Brooks Orpik deal

    …. not on what he’s getting paid ….. just the big picture deal

    1) Col gets Grubauer for a 2nd rounder plus $3M cash

    2) Wsh gives up Grubauer; to get a 2nd ; save $4.5 in actual cap (Orpik) and Cap they would have had on Grubauer …. another $3.3… total $7.8 in Cap savings) ; and saved actual cash owed of $3.5M (Orpik) and another $3.35 that will be paid to Grubauer this year….$6.85M

    3) Grubauer replaced by Copley at $650K

    4) Orpik gets to play another year for SC defenders and only loses a total of $500 K (although some deferred) in pay

    At first glance …Net for Wash … Copley replaces Grubauer… Wash gets a 2nd; saves about $6.2M in cash and about $7.2M in Cap and gets to keep /extend Carlson at $8M AAV (was at $4M cap hit)

    Carlson will get $12M total this year…. $8M more than last year…. see above for $6.2M in cash

    ….. so Win big for Wash
    ….Win big for Col
    …. at the expense of $500 K haircut to Orpik

    That’s what I call planning (he says tongue ‘n cheek)… LOL

  2. Wow on Orpik deal

    Not thecontract itself … just the overall net

    Col got Grubauer for a 2nd and $3M cash (Orpik)

    Wash gets Orpik this year at $3.5 M (cash) and $4.5 (Cap) cheaper

    Grubauer …. gets $2.6M raise

    Wash gets to extend Carlson ….$8M cap and actual pay this year $12M

    Wash Cap would have increased for back up (if kept Grub) by $2.6M (and actual pay by same)

    …. so instead of Orpik+ Grub cap/cash of $8.8M/$$7.8M it is Orpik + Copley cap/cash of $1.65M /$1.65M

    …. savings of Cap/Cash of $7.15/$6.15

    … Carlson extended for an increase in $4.0M in Cap and he actually gets $12M ($8M more) paid in 18/19…. see savings above

    …. so

    WASH … Win Win Win

    Col …. Win

    Grubs …. Win

    …. at the expense of Orpik who takes a $500 K cash hit

    Holy cow batman ….nice planning …. he says tongue in cheek …. LOL

  3. Fair deal both sides on Montour

    Thought Edmundson’s should have been a longer term deal

    I’m not paying a penny over $21.8M for Lemieux’s castle…. where’s his head at asking $21.999…., 🙂 🙂 🙂