NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 8, 2018

by | Jul 8, 2018 | News, NHL | 7 comments

Updates on Alex Ovechkin and Mathew Barzal plus the latest notable free-agent signings in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NBC SPORTS:  Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin dazzled Moscow during his day with the Stanley Cup. He shared a moment with the Cup with his father, who held it for the first time. Ovechkin also skated a few laps with the big mug at his old arena and took it to the World Cup Fanfest. 

NEWSDAY: With John Tavares gone to Toronto, Mathew Barzal becomes the new face of the New York Islanders. Barzal, 21, won the Calder Trophy as the 2018 rookie of the year. 

Mathew Barzal will be expected to replace the departed John Tavares as the New York Islanders’ franchise player (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Barzal has big skates to fill and will face tremendous pressure entering his sophomore campaign. This will be the biggest challenge of his young NHL career. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Colin Miller to a four-year, $15.5-million contract. The 25-year-old Miller led all Golden Knights blueliners in goals (10) and points (41) last season. 

STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues avoided arbitration with forward Dmitrij Jaskin as they reached agreement on a one-year, $1.1-million contract. 

NBC SPORTS: The San Jose Sharks signed defenseman Dylan DeMelo to a two-year, $1.8-million deal. Last month, the Sharks didn’t issue DeMelo a qualifying offer. 

PHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers avoided arbitration with goaltender Alex Lyon by re-signing him to a two-year contract worth $750K per season.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Hall-of-Famer Teemu Selanne has put his Coto de Caza estate up for sale, seeking $6.9 million. 



  1. Lyle

    Is that $1.8 M total (2 years) for DeMelo?

    $900K per seems low and $1.8M high


    • It is $1.8-million total. They intended to re-sign him all along but didn’t want him to file for arbitration, so they didn’t qualify his rights in order to get him re-signed to a more affordable deal.

      • Thanks Lyle

    • I would rather have DeMelo than Jack Johnson any day of the week.

      • I’d rather have 200 lbs of bricks than Jack Johnson. How anyone ever thought he was a good d-man when you look at his actual stats is beyond me. But I’m soooooooooo happy that my Blue Jackets get to make him, and Rutherford, look like the slob he is four times a year for the next five years.

  2. Besides the Tavares signing not much really has happened this off season… oh sorry the soap operas that are the Sens and Islanders. I wouldn’t count Johnson out yet?! The Pens have a knack of reviving players careers. The last 2 cups are testiment to that. This year was just burn out from all the playoff rounds they played from the last few years. My beloved Leafs will be facing the same dilemma now and in the future.

    • Now that Kovulchuck has signed, Johnson is second to him in career worst +/-. And before you remark about how +/- is a flawed stat, to which I agree, it is an indicator, like any other statistic. So, to have a defenseman have the second highest – for his career suggests, pretty strongly, that he is not a reclamation project, but a bad defenseman.