NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 31, 2018

by | Aug 31, 2018 | News, NHL | 7 comments

Flames re-sign Noah Hanifin plus the latest on P.K. Subban, Brandon Carlo, Zach Bogosian and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

CALGARY SUN: The Flames announced they re-signed defenseman Noah Hanifin to a six-year contract worth an annual average value of $4.95 million.

The Calgary Flames re-signed defenseman Noah Hanifin to a six-year contract (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  That’s a significant investment by the Flames in a young blueliner who has yet to play a single game with them. Hanifin was acquired, along with forward Elias Lindholm, from the Carolina Hurricanes in a multiplayer trade during the 2018 NHL Draft. Still, it could turn out to be a worthwhile investment for the Flames.

The 21-year-old Hanifin is a skilled all-around rearguard who has yet to reach his playing prime. While his defensive game still needs some work, his offensive numbers have steadily climbed, reaching a career-best 10 goals and 32 points last season. As his game matures, Hanifin could become Calgary’s best defenseman. If so, that annual cap hit could become a great deal for the Flames. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban admits he’s still bothered by the fact he couldn’t fulfill his promise to help bring a Stanley Cup championship to the Montreal Canadiens. Two years ago, the Canadiens shipped the popular Subban to the Predators for Shea Weber, a move that many Montreal fans still lament. He made the remarks at a fundraising dinner last night in Montreal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A lot of Canadiens fans share your regret, P.K. The club’s on-ice fortunes have declined since Subban was part of a promising roster that marched to the 2014 Eastern Conference Final. 

SPORTSNET: Tyler Seguin led his team to a 4-3 win over a team captained by Darnell Nurse to win the BioSteel four-on-four non-contact tournament and capture the Ray Emery Cup. The award was named in honor of the former NHL goaltender, who drowned last month in Hamilton, Ontario. Nurse’s squad included Edmonton Oilers teammate Connor McDavid. It was the fourth time in five years a team led by Seguin won the BioSteel camp tournament. 

BOSTON HERALD: Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo declared himself ready to go for training camp after recovering from a broken ankle late last season. The Bruins’ camp opens on Sept. 10. 

WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres blueliner Zach Bogosian said he’s 100 percent healthy and looking forward to the start of training camp. Injuries sidelined him for 64 games last season. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES: A flare-up of a nagging back injury could prevent promising Kings prospect Gabriel Vilardi from participating in rookie camp next week. He’s listed as day-to-day and it remains to be seen if he’ll be ready for the start of the Kings’ main training camp on Sept. 14. 

THE SCORE: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will be inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame. 



  1. When I first read the blurb above re Bettman and Sports Broadcasting Hall of fame , the first thing that popped into my mind was the irony.

    He is so extremely dull at interviews; during any broadcast with him in it …. super boring.

    I realize the award has nothing to do with actual broadcasts of him but of broadcasts of the great sport of hockey and in particular the NHL for which he is the commissioner and has been for a quarter century.

    …. but when that post is the first thing you read in the morning and you’ve not had your morning Tim’s yet .,,, funny things pop into your head…. and I just couldn’t conjur a single memory of any Bettman interview that was entertaining. Mary a one. 🙂

    Good contract for Hannafin . Do the dominoes now fall, speeding up the signings for Darnell, Theo, Josh?

    • “narry a one” not “Mary a one”

      Friggin auto-correct

  2. If PK was still in Montreal they still wouldn’t have a cup. Considering he is on a much stronger team in Nashville and he can’t bring them one .
    I believe Calgary got a steal of a deal with Hanafin. Can’t believe Hanafin camp would sign that for 6yrs, must believe he has limited growth.

  3. Hanafin deal was excellent for Calgary. I know people are split over Subban, but I have always been a fan of his. The PR stuff he did off ice was fantastic, and his pledge to continue to drop in and see the kids in the hospital speaks to his character. Yes, Montreal still wouldn’t have a cup but at least they wouldn’t be a tire fire with him there.

  4. Hanafin’s contract is right in line with what similar Dman have been signing for coming out of their ELC’s with this pedigree, skill set & NHL level of experience.

    Matheson Flo 8 years at 4.875
    Severson NJ 6 years at 4.166
    Pesce Car 6 years at 4.025
    Parayko StL 5 years at 5.5
    Slavin 7 years at 5.3
    Gostisbehere 6 years at 4.5
    Zaitsev Tor 7 years at 4.5
    Lindholm Anh 6 years at 5.25
    Ristolanien Buf 6 years at 5.4
    Murphy Ch 6 years at 3.85
    M. Rielly 6 years at 5

    There is a hodgepodge of defensive Dman, 2-way Dman & offensive Dman all signed coming out of their ELC’s in recent years.

    The only thing I don’t like about many of these deals is that most of these young Dman are going to become UFA’s right around 27.

  5. That gives them time to sign another good contract. An 8 year deal at 27 gets you to 35 which is perfect for GM’s. The risk at 35 plus is proven. Players get to sign a contract in their prime and ride out that lucrative contract. It seems like a good win win for both parties as opposed to these 2 year bridges which may lead to a better contract earlier, but can impact that 3rd contract. Take Trouba for instance. If he had signed the reported offer of 6 years at 5 mil he would have made more money than what he is likely to earn now, after two bridges and possibly one more, while cashing in on that 2nd big contract in his prime. Instead he is looking at one big contract in 2 years time, barring a career ending injury, and most likely a lesser contract than after a 6 year deal which allowed him to fully develop.

    • My thoughts as well.