NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 27, 2018

by | Jul 27, 2018 | News, NHL | 2 comments

Update on Auston Matthews, Islanders hire goalie guru Mitch Korn, latest notable contract signings and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

SPORTSNET: Auston Matthews said contract discussion between himself and the Toronto Maple Leafs are underway. Matthews, 20, is entering the final season of his entry-level contract and will become a restricted free agent without arbitration rights next summer.

Contract talks are reportedly underway between Auston Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Matthews scored a Leafs rookie record 40 goals and 69 points in 2016-17 on route to becoming the first Leaf since Brit Selby in 1966 to the Calder Memorial Trophy. He followed up with 34 goals and 63 points in 62 games and would’ve easily exceeded his rookie numbers had he not missed 20 games to injury.

Don’t expect Matthews to get an affordable bridge deal. Getting his signature on a new contract could cost at least $10 million annually for seven-or-eight years.

NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders have hired Mitch Korn as their director of goaltending. Korn, 60, held the same position with the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In recent year, goaltending was a significant weakness for the Islanders. The addition of Korn, who worked with Islanders head coach Barry Trotz in Washington and Nashville, should go a long way toward addressing that issue. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins yesterday re-signed goaltender Tristan Jarry to a two-year contract worth an annual average value of $675K. The first year of the contract is a two-way deal and the second year is one way. 

CALGARY SUN: The Flames avoided salary arbitration with goaltender David Rittich as the two sides agreed to a one-year, one-way contract worth $800K.




  1. GMJR now has all contracts signed… vacation time? or is he now in potential negotiating mode?

    Roster as is (with the assumption that my bias re JJ as a potential drag on defence [and team] is incorrect— really hope I am very wrong)— good to go and strong SC contender.

    I however, think GMJR is going to make a move

    I learned something new today (easy with such limited knowledge)— I had no idea that a contract can be partial (first year) 2 way; and partial (2nd year) one way — as in Tristan Jarry’s contract— 🙂

  2. Not expecting an “affordable” bridge deal for Mathews— but would definitely hope they push for a bridge deal — see my rationale post yesterday regarding this for all three (Marner, Mathews, Nylander)

    Short term “non affordable” (LOL) — read – relatively more expensive bridge— better off in long run