NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 7, 2018

by | Aug 7, 2018 | News, NHL

Only four players were awarded contracts via arbitration this summer, Jeff Skinner thanks Hurricanes fans plus updates on the Capitals, Flyers and Golden Knights in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

SPORTSNET: Of this year’s 44 arbitration cases, 40 were settled before their scheduled hearings. Calgary’s Brett Kulak, Dallas’ Gemel Smith, Ottawa’s Cody Ceci and Winnipeg’s Jacob Trouba were the four players awarded new contracts by an arbitrator.

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba was one of only four players to receive a new contract via arbitration this summer. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Most players filing for arbitration end up reaching agreements with their clubs on new deals before their hearings. Of these four, the futures of Ceci and Trouba could come under scrutinty next summer. Both are once again slated to become restricted free agents with arbitration rights next summer.

If the Senators trade Erik Karlsson or he departs next July as an unrestricted free agent they could be keen to re-sign Ceci to a long-term deal. Trouba’s future with the Jets remains uncertain. The Jets could face a salary-cap crunch with forwards Blake Wheeler, Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor due significant raises next summer.  

THE BUFFALO NEWS: New Sabres left wing Jeff Skinner took to Twitter to thank the Carolina Hurricanes and their fans for their support during his eight seasons with the franchise. The Hurricanes traded Skinner last week to the Sabres.

NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: The Capitals announced Scott Arniel and Reid Cashman were hired as assistant coaches.

NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: Flyers general manager Ron Hextall explains why fewer NHL goaltenders have played 70 games in a season over the past decade. Parity among teams today means games are more competitive and physically demanding, requiring teams to employ their backups more often to share more of the workload with their starting goalies. “You saw what happened to Montreal when (Carey) Price went down, and you need two guys,” he said. “It’s a load and it’s a partnership.”

LAS VEGAS SUN: With no NHL teams in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming or Montana, Golden Knights owner Bill Foley hopes his club can fill that void and become the “team of the Rockies”.