NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 17, 2019

by | Jun 17, 2019 | News, NHL | 1 comment

The Capitals re-sign Carl Hagelin, the Ducks hire Dallas Eakins as their head coach, the latest on P.K. Subban, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NBC WASHINGTON: The Capitals yesterday re-signed winger Carl Hagelin to a four-year, $11-million contract extension. Hagelin, 30, was slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. 

Washington Capitals re-sign winger Carl Hagelin (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Acquired days before the February trade deadline, he proved to be a solid addition to the Capitals. Hagelin collected 14 points in 20 regular-season games and provided a welcome boost to their penalty kill. The contract term is a little long but the annual average value is an affordable $2.75 million. 

Cap Friendly indicates the Capitals now have just over $10.7 million in projected cap space for 2019-20. That complicates efforts to re-sign forwards Jakub Vrana, Brett Connolly, and Andre Burakovsky. I’ll have more on this later this morning in the rumors section. 

LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: The Anaheim Ducks are expected to name Dallas Eakins as their new head coach as soon as today or Tuesday. A former head coach with the Edmonton Oilers, Eakins spent the past four seasons coaching the Ducks’ AHL affiliate in San Diego. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As the report indicates, Eakins was the favorite for the job all along. His work with their farm club earned him a return gig to the NHL. 

NBC SPORTS: Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban “cut a promo” with actor/former pro wrestling star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on the set of his HBO series “Ballers.” 

SPORTSNET: As discussions on a new collective bargaining agreement continue between the NHL and NHLPA, escrow remains the top concern for the players. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Escrow isn’t going anywhere and the players understand this. What they want is a system of calculation that doesn’t fluctuate as wildly and claws back as much from their salaries.

Adjustments, however, will affect the 50-50 split of hockey-related revenues between the team owners and the players. That will have to be addressed before a new agreement can be reached. 

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  1. The escrow sometimes comes across like a union due tax on the dues already paid; but cleverly disguised as a revenue share; kind of thing.
    Like Frank Zappa used to say: Jazz (escrow) is not dead..It just smells funny