NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 17, 2018
Updates on Patrik Laine, William Nylander, Ryan Miller and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
TSN: Winnipeg Jets winger Patrik Laine stated he’s in no rush to sign a contract extension. Noting he’s entering the final season of his entry-level contract, Laine said he doesn’t mind if talks with the Jets start this summer or next. He indicated his preference is to ink a long-term deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Laine will be a restricted free agent without arbitration rights next summer. That give the Jets plenty of time to work out a new deal with him.
Coming off a 44-goal campaign in 2017-18, the cost of re-signing him will be high. Another 40-plus goal season could push his asking price higher.
The Jets have already invested over $46 million in just 10 players for 2019-20 and Laine, Blake Wheeler, Kyle Connor, Jacob Trouba and Tyler Myers among their notable free agents next summer. They could face a cap squeeze.
SPORTSNET: Like Laine, Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander also isn’t in any hurry to get a new contract. The difference is, he is currently a restricted free agent.
Nylander said there was no added pressure to get a deal done because someone else recently re-signed, referring to the Detroit Red Wings’ Dylan Larkin, who last week inked a five-year, $30.5-million contract. He also said Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas wanted to take things slow, adding his agent and Dubas are “going back and forth”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Larkin’s new deal might not be having any effect upon how Nylander’s handling this, but I have a feeling his agent could be pointing to that contract as a comparable.
THE ATHLETIC: Anaheim Ducks goaltender Ryan Miller recently attended a Families Belong Together rally with his family to protest the American government’s decision to separate immigrant parents from their children at the Mexican border. He said his stance is pro-human rights but acknowledged a need for a reasonable immigration and border policy. Miller also feels athletes should speak freely about issues that are important to them.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If you have a subscription to The Athletic you should check out this piece on Miller. The Ducks netminder provides well-rounded opinions on this topic. Lest anyone thinks he’s simply a Trump hater, Miller also explains that he didn’t agree with everything done under the Obama administration. He stressed the need to become well-informed on contentious issues.
POSTMEDIA (via CALGARY SUN): Former NHL star Eric Lindros believes education and awareness have evolved in the recognition and treatment and of concussion injuries. However, he feels more can be done to avoid head injuries.
TMZ: Former NHL defenseman Bryan Berard is suing the league for failing to protect him from brain injuries during his 12-year career. Berard was the first-overall pick in the 1995 NHL Draft.
STLTODAY.COM: Former NHL forward Joe Vitale has taken over from Kelly Chase as an NHL in-game analyst covering St. Louis Blues games for KMOX 1120 AM.
SPORTSNET: revealed their NHL preseason broadcasting schedule, kicking off with the Boston Bruins versus the Calgary Flames at Shenzhen, China on Saturday, Sept. 15.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: “The Florida Panthers will host ‘Legacy Saturdays’ at the BB&T Center throughout the 2018-19 season as part of their 25th anniversary celebrations.”