NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 10, 2018

by | Aug 10, 2018 | News, NHL | 9 comments

Latest on Jack Eichel, Coyotes re-sign Christian Dvorak and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

THE ATHLETIC: John Vogl reports Jack Eichel is ready to lead a locker room of new faces following a summer of change for the Buffalo Sabres. Eichel believes the additions of veterans Patrik Berglund and Vladimir Sobotka will bring a good element to the club, while Jeff Skinner and Conor Sheary will improve the Sabres’ speed and skill. 

Center Jack Eichel could take on more of a leadership role with the Buffalo Sabres. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sabres played without a captain in 2017-18. Eichel could become the top candidate for the role this season.

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes yesterday announced they re-signed center Christian Dvorak to a six-year, $26.7-million contract extension. The annual average value is $4.45 million and takes effect in 2019-20. While the big raise and lengthy term for a player with only two years and 70 points on his NHL resume, Coyotes general manager John Chayka believes Dvorak will continue to improve.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dvorak put up decent numbers in his first two NHL campaigns, averaging 35 points per season. If the 22-year-old blossoms as a two-way center this deal will turn into a long-term bargain for the Coyotes. If he doesn’t, this contract will become fodder for Chayka’s critics.

UNITED STATES HOCKEY HALL OF FAME: Nashville Predators general manager David Poile, former NHL player and coach Gordon “Red” Berenson and former NHL referee Paul Stewart are among the 2018 class of inductees into the US Hockey Hall of Fame. Natalie Darwitz and Leland “Hago” Harrington round out this year’s class. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to this year’s inductees. The ceremony will take place in Nashville on Dec. 12. 

TSN: Travis Yost explored salary-cap allocation among the 31 NHL teams for 2018-19. On average, each clubs allots “$42 million for forwards, $22 million for defencemen, $7 million for goaltenders, and about $9 million in unallocated cap space.”

LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Former NHL defenseman Enrico Ciccone will be a candidate for the Quebec Liberal Party in the next provincial election. In recent years, Ciccone was a sports columnist on radio and television. 



  1. If you check your Wall Street Journal this morning, you’ll find an article bemoaning the lack of competition in the English Premier League. Can we give a shout out to the NHL which, with all of its issues, has nonetheless managed to give us the most competitive major sports league in the world. I submit that a greater portion of NHL fans can hope for their team to finish in the top tier than any other league’s fans, and one year turnarounds haven consistently proven possible as well.

  2. What on Earth has Christian Dvorak done to earn a 6 year deal for almost $5 M a year?



    Hiring an intern to be your GM for $12/hr is the definition of penny wise, pound foolish.

    Terrible contract and it’s going to cost way more than it should have to sign Jake Guentzel next year because of dud deals like this.

    Boo Chayka.

    • He’s learning from Ken Holland.

    • So many have gotten long term deals that do not deserve them. Dvo will surprise you. As JC said, and Spector commented it’s a gamble. If JC is right this will be a bargain. If not, it will be a log piled on his fire. After watching most of this kids pro games, I am betting, baring injury, this one comes out as a bargain.

      • I agree Dvorak is going to be a good player and that contract will work out well for the coyotes

    • Jake was breaking the bank anyway.

    • I don’t have any issues with this contract, it doesn’t kick in until the 2019-20 season when Dvorak will be 23, he’ll be 30 when it ends.

      Dvorak played very well as a sophomore for Arz last season as their 2nd line C barely seeing 2nd line PP time.

      He will be far better this season & when that contract kicks in it will provide solid value to Arz. I would say 20 to 25 goals 50 to 55 points next season & progressively getting better through his age 25 season then basically playing at that level through the entire contract.

      He should be a 20 to 25 goal scorer who can put up 60+ points comfortable when fully developed & could be a 30 gaol 70 point player, to early to tell with only 2 years of NHL experience.

      People complain all the time here that teams need to stop playing players for what they have done & what they are going to do. This is exactly that. Good for Chyka getting what should be a solid #2 C & or LW for 4.45 mil through his age 29/30 season.

      I think this deal will prove to be of exceptional value. This is a very good young player.

  3. When healthy Eichel is a top 12 player in the league and he’s the face of the Buffalo franchise. The only player that could unseat him in that respect is Middlestat or maybe Dahlin, but neither is doing it this year. Chayka has proven himself to be, at the very least, competent. It’s 50/50 though wether Dvorak is an average middle 6 player or the next Ryan O’Reilly. This contract will get him into the top 6 in Zona for next year.

  4. Dvorak is a very good player , this season he should be a bit better with better players playing with him