NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 28, 2018
Latest on Tyler Seguin, Darnell Nurse, Troy Brouwer and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
SPORTSNET: Nick Kypreos reports contract-extension talks between the Dallas Stars and center Tyler Seguin are “at a standstill and have been for quite some time.” He said a long-term deal is Seguin’s priority but believes “the Tavares route becomes viable option as time passes.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Seguin is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next July. He’s among the league’s scoring stars so it’s only natural that his contract status garners more attention as the start of training camp approaches. He could end up signing with a new team next summer like John Tavares did this year. He could also end up re-signing with the Stars.
Earlier this summer, Seguin said his preference is to stay with the Stars and GM Jim Nill claimed negotiations were ongoing, though he made that statement a month ago and things may have changed since then. There’s no rush for either side to get a deal done right now, though the longer he goes without a new contract the more speculation will grow over his future.
Luke Fox reports signs point to defenseman Darnell Nurse signing a bridge contract with the Edmonton Oilers. The young blueliner said he wants to get a deal done before training camp opens next month. Nurse is coming off an entry-level contract and the Oilers have about $3.9 million in cap space.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers will get additional cap flexibility when sidelined defenseman Andrej Sekera and his $5.5-million cap hit gets placed on long-term injured reserve to start the season. Still, I expect the Oilers will use their leverage to ink Nurse to an affordable two- or three-year deal with the promise of a more lucrative contract down the road.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Free-agent winger Troy Brouwer signed a one-year, $850K contract with the Florida Panthers. He became a UFA earlier this summer after the Calgary Flames bought out the final two seasons of a contract paying him $4.5 million per season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is a low-risk addition for the Panthers, bringing a measure of experience and leadership to a young roster hoping to reach the playoffs this season.
ARIZONA SPORTS: Former Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek is taking part in the club’s informal skates. He spent last season playing in the Czech Republic. While joking about making an NHL comeback, Michalek acknowledged a nagging hip problem and a history of concussions could make the coming season his last. He might play another season in Europe.
WASHINGTON POST: Capitals owner Ted Leonsis will give Stanley Cup championship rings to approximately 500 employees.