NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 25, 2018
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.
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.