NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 12, 2018
Latest on the Senators plus updates on Shea Theodore, Brandon Carlo and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
TSN: Ian Mendes reports of cautious optimism in Ottawa following a recent meeting between mayor Jim Watson and Senators owner Eugene Melnyk regarding a proposed new area at LeBreton Flats. Both men expressed optimism over working together to get the project going. Watson suggested construction might begin by next June. Melnyk noted some issues still remain but he doesn’t consider them insurmountable.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: cites a report by ESPN’s John Buccigross claiming prospect forward Brady Tkachuk is expected to announce today that he’ll forego returning to Boston University this fall and will instead sign a pro contract with the Senators. He was selected fourth overall in the 2018 NHL Draft.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After months of being dogged by bad news, these reports provide Senators fans with a sliver of hope. Construction of a new arena will kill off the relocation rumors. Tkachuk could be a promising part of the club’s future. If he cracks the lineup, perhaps he can help them bounce back from last season’s poor performance.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Contract negotiations continue between the Vegas Golden Knights and restricted free agent defenseman Shea Theodore. General manager George McPhee remains hopeful of reaching an agreement before training camp opens in mid-September.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cap Friendly indicates the Golden Knights have over $8.6 million in projected salary-cap space so they have plenty of room to re-sign Theodore, their only unsigned free agent. The blueliner is coming off an entry-level contract.
While Theodore’s considered a key part of their future the Golden Knights could be reluctant at this point to ink him to a long-term deal. He could get a two-year bridge contract worth around $3.5-million per season with the promise of a more lucrative deal if he plays up to expectations.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo hopes to be a more physical presence this season. The 21-year-old blueliner has recovered from a broken fibula and added several pounds of muscle this summer.
NEW YORK POST: Brett Cyrgalis examines how the Rangers abandoned their usual offseason script to stick with their young program as their primary tool of rebuilding.