NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – May 25, 2019
Updates on Erik Karlsson, Roman Josi, the Coyotes ownership situation, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NBC SPORTS: Erik Karlsson’s brief tenure with the San Jose Sharks may be over. On Friday, Karlsson tweeted his thanks to the Sharks’ organization, fans, and his teammates. The 28-year-old defenseman is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Karlsson hasn’t ruled out returning to the Sharks, but he sounds like he’s going to test the market. Unless general manager Doug Wilson passes on re-signing long-time Sharks Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton, he probably can’t afford Karlsson.
THE SCORE: Nashville Predators general manager David Poile considers re-signing captain Roman Josi his “No. 1 priority.” The 28-year-old blueliner is a year away from UFA eligibility. The Predators can sign him to an extension beginning on July 1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Re-signing Josi won’t affect the Predators’ salary cap for 2019-20. However, Poile must ensure he’s got sufficient cap space after next season to absorb that new contract. Cap Friendly indicates the Preds have over $56 million invested in 12 players for 2020-21. Josi’s earning $4 million annually on his current contract. He could double his salary on his next deal.
AZCENTRAL.COM: An NHL source denied a change of ownership of the Arizona Coyotes is imminent. A recent report from Sportsnet’s John Shannon cited a source claiming current owner Andrew Barroway will assume a minority role. However, a deal is far from being finalized and there are other options under consideration.
NBC SPORTS: Boston Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk hopes to regain his scoring touch in the upcoming Stanley Cup Final. In two rounds last season, he tallied six goals and eight points. Entering this year’s Final, he’s managed three goals and seven points.
STLTODAY.COM: St. Louis Blues defenseman Vince Dunn (concussion symptoms) didn’t join his teammates in practice yesterday. That casts doubt upon the possibility he’ll rejoin the lineup in time for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
— Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) May 24, 2019
With 8 days to go, here’s the current list of previously drafted players who must be signed to an Entry Level contract by June 1st at 5pm ET by their respective clubs.
If unsigned by the June 1st deadline, the drafting club will lose their signing rights to these players. pic.twitter.com/kRFOXc3C8j
— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) May 24, 2019