NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 28, 2018
Latest on Tyler Seguin and Corey Crawford, Capitals re-sign Tom Wilson and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill said he’s working on a contract extension for center Tyler Seguin, who’s eligible next summer to become an unrestricted free agent. “We’ve had continued dialogue,” Nill said. “They’ve got where they think they should be and we’ve presented where we think we should be, and we just continue to discuss.” He remains hopeful of getting Seguin under contract, preferably before the start of 2018-19.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Seguin could hit the open market next summer but there appears a willingness on both sides here to avoid that possibility. Re-signing him will be expensive. Seguin’s current annual salary-cap hit is $5.75 million and I suspect he’ll seek at least $10 million annually on his next deal.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Mark Lazerus reports Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford said he’s made progress in his recovery from a season-ending head injury and hopes to be recovered in time for training camp. He admitted he’s not yet at 100 percent but remains determined to return.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A healthy Crawford is key to the Blackhawks’ hopes of rebounding from last season’s disappointing performance and returning to Cup contender status. While GM Stan Bowman and head coach Joel Quenneville have maintained their belief that their starter will be good to go come September, the fact Bowman signed former Carolina Hurricanes starter Cam Ward suggests they want to have a reliable insurance policy just in case.
Lazerus also reports Quenneville won’t be carrying three goaltenders if Crawford returns for training camp and the start of the season. That could mean Anton Forsberg ends up exposed to waivers.
NBC SPORTS: The Washington Capitals have re-signed winger Tom Wilson to a six-year contract with an annual average value of $5.17 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nothing like winning a Stanley Cup to make a general manager overpay one of his free agents. Look, I understand Wilson is a significant physical presence for the Capitals and he had a terrific playoff performance. I get their willingness to keep him in the fold, but they paid too much for too long here.
As per Cap Friendly, Wilson’s coming off a two-year deal with an AAV of $2 million. Unless Wilson’s postseason numbers (15 points in 21 games) are indicative of an offensive breakout on his part, the Capitals could come to regret this contract down the road.
SPORTSNET: Forget about Dean Lombardi becoming the next president of the Vancouver Canucks. His current contract with the Philadelphia Flyers doesn’t allow that. Lombardi also said he remains committed to the Flyers.