NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 12, 2018

by | Aug 12, 2018 | News, NHL | 3 comments

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.

Ottawa Senators prospect Brady Tkachuk is expected to turn pro. (Photo via NHL.com)

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. 



  1. I agree that it is more likely a 2 year show me bridge deal for Theo but I thought it might be for just over $4.0 M per.

    Just wondering if McPhee is still considering a swing at EK and is waiting for one last offer/response to/from Dorion before finalizing Theo’s contract. No doubt in my mind that if there is a trade ; Theo is the key piece going East.


    Any more buzz re: Stevie Y still in talks for EK?

  2. Why do I get the feeling Tkachuk should have waited for the sage advice to the contrary he’s bound to receive from some of the contributors to this thread. Bottom line – it’s HIS decision and it’s one I’m sure he took (or will take) only after weighing all the pros and cons and input from family and friends. Worst case scenario barring a solid training camp which would ensure his start in Ottawa? A bunch of games in Belleville (and likely being made available to Team U.S.A. in the world juniors). I sincerely doubt he’ll go to London.

    • Hi George

      Concur it’s his decision alone but believe he’ll base his decision a great deal on the advice provided from Bro, Dad, Mgr.

      He should have a long future in NHL and for Ott’s sake I hope the vast majority of that tenure lays with them.

      On the other “current” piece/news re Ottw … not sure who prompted the recent meetings on the new building (in the flats) …. or whether these talks move Melnyk closer to a sale … but very happy talks are happening. I hadn’t realized before that spade in ground could actually start as soon as they’ve mentioned. 🙂