NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 21, 2018

by | Aug 21, 2018 | News, NHL | 8 comments

Canadiens and Flames swap former first-round picks, Oilers sign Jakub Jerabek, Rangers sign Dustin Tokarski. Details and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

CALGARY SUN: The Calgary Flames shipped center Hunter Shinkaruk to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward Kerby Rychel. Both teams re-signed their new players to one-year, one-way contract worth $650K. The duo are also former first-round picks in the 2013 NHL Draft. Rychel was selected 19th overall while Shinkaruk went 24th overall.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames will be Rychel’s fourth NHL team, having bounced from Columbus to Toronto to Montreal while the Canadiens are Shinkaruk’s third, having been previously acquired by the Flames from the Vancouver Canucks. Both have spent the bulk of their respective pro careers in the minors. 

NEW YORK POST: The Rangers signed goaltender Dustin Tokarski to a one-year, two-way deal worth $650K at the NHL level. Tokarski, 28, spent last season with the Philadelphia Flyers AHL affiliate.

EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers signed defenseman Jakub Jerabek to a one-year contract. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri has started a foundation to help the U.S. military community. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jerabek,27, made his NHL debut last season, splitting 36 games between the Canadiens and Washington Capitals. He’s seen as an affordable stopgap measure for now to offset the absence of Andrej Sekera, who recently suffered a career-threatening torn Achilles tendon.

Jerabek won’t replace Sekera’s skill and experience. Still, he will be a short-term depth solution until better options present themselves once Sekera ($5.5 million) is placed on LTIR at the start of the upcoming season. 

NHL.COM: New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri has launched a foundation in his name to assist serving and former U.S. service members and their families. The goal is to provide funds for various programs that benefit the military community. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As a Canadian Forces veteran, I salute Palmieri for his efforts to help the U.S. military community. 

THE ATHLETIC: Hockey-related revenue, escrow, shortening maximum-length contracts, the Olympics and expansion to Seattle are expected to be the major issues in the next round of collective bargaining between the NHL and NHLPA. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In case you’re wondering why we’re hearing about this now, the league and the NHLPA each have an opt-out option next September. If one or the other triggers that option, the current CBA will expire on Sept.15, 2020. 

OTTAWA SUN: Hockey Hall of Famer Eric Lindros recently clarified his comments suggesting the NHL should consider removing body contact from the game, saying “clean body contact should have a place in the upper tiers and professional hockey.” Lindros, whose career was cut short by concussion injuries, is now an advocate for improved player safety. 

THE HOCKEY NEWS: The family of recently deceased NHL player Kurt Walker will donate his brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation at Boston University.



  1. Where are the rumours?

    And what would be the cost of acquiring E. Staal from the Wild? I would like to see the Leafs acquire him and sign him to a 3 year $3mper season extension that would kick in starting next yr. He is a bigger offensive threat and a bigger body to play against than the Leafs current #3 C Kadri. Although I like Kadri, I think he can be traded along with another young player like Brown to acquire the right side D man needed to make a real run at the cup this yr. Maybe Faulk? Staal playing out his career in TOR would be great, a sort of home coming for him and if he signs for $3m per, he would be $1.5m cheaper per season than Kadri would be. Kadri is an effective player and difficult to play against for opponents, but in a VERY different, less irritating way, Staal is even more difficult to play against and has greater offensive upside IMO. Having him as a #3C and being able to deploy him as a net front presence on the PP would be AMAZING! As he is a pending UFA, he shouldn’t be TOO expensive to acquire, and if yesterday’s article about the Wild wanting to get younger is even a little true, the Leafs could certainly provide some of that as a return.

    Thoughts on this “plan”? And on what the trade price tag would be to acquire E.S.?

    • Leafs need Defense to win. They have more than enough firepower already.

      Like Lyle mentioned a thousand times, they didn’t even need Tavares because the state of their Defense is what needs an upgrade.

      If they ship out Kadri it should be for defense alone from a team like Anahiem whose forwards are aging and could use a younger player there.

    • Yes Staal would be a great Leaf addition.

      He’d be a great addition to 30 teams.

      Leafs premiere focus should be on improving D

      Looks like you are suggesting a 2-phased path to that …. acquisition of Staal, flip Kadri etc …. D in

      I’m not saying it wouldn’t work ; but it is a bit more muddled than the direct approach …. reach out directly in trade for top 2 D

      Leafs top heavy in Fwds

      Wee Willy is an option chip available

      Leafs don’t need to necessarily make the move now. I don’t see Leafs (outside of a miraculous out of the blue EK acquisition) no matter what trade is made this year; to be SC bound.

      I’m a firm believer that they do need upgrade on D if they hope to get to SCF in next 4-5 years

    • The rumours are in the rumour section maybe? This is the hockey news section.

  2. Eric is that you. you should be fired just for thinking that trade

  3. Edm … good temp move re Jarebek … cheap depth.

    However… they need to start looking for a bigger impact

    • They should take a run at Erickson from DET

      • Dmart

        Sorry .., I have to seriously disagree in that suggestion

        34 and IMO worth much much less than the $4.25 M he’ll be getting for 2 more years

        They’d get a much better player (and 6 years younger) in Sbiza at that same Cap…. and wouldn’t have to trade to get him

        Ed like Leafs …. have to address D issue

        Jarebek is a relatively minor stop gap depth move only