NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 28, 2019

by | Jun 28, 2019 | News, NHL | 21 comments

The Hurricanes buy out Patrick Marleau, the Blues re-sign Carl Gunnarsson, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes yesterday bought out the final season of left wing Patrick Marleau’s contract. They acquired Marleau last weekend from the Toronto Maple Leafs but were unable to convince him to play out his contract with them.

The buyout was a condition of Marleau agreeing to waive his no-movement clause. The Hurricanes paid his $3-million signing bonus and the annual cap hit of the buyout will be $833,333 divided over the next two years. 

Less than a week after acquiring Patrick Marleau, the Carolina Hurricanes bought out his contract (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s expected Marleau will return to the San Jose Sharks, where he spent all but two of his 21 NHL seasons.

The Sharks have other free-agent issues to resolve first. Joe Pavelski, Gustav Nyquist, and Joonas Donskoi are unrestricted free agents. Restricted free agents Timo Meier and Kevin Labanc are due for significant pay raises. Nevertheless, if there’s enough cap space remaining after resolving those free-agent issues, Marleau could return with the Sharks for next season. 

STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues re-signed defenseman Carl Gunnarsson to a two-year contract extension worth $1.75-million per season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gunnarsson agreed to a pay cut to stay with the Stanley Cup champions. Cap Friendly indicates he earned $2.9 million annually on his previous contract. 

TSN:  Speaking of the Blues, they have no intention of trading goaltender Jake Allen, who lost his starter’s job this season to rookie Jordan Binnington. 

CBS SPORTS: The Toronto Maple Leafs re-signed goaltender Michael Hutchinson to a one-year, one-way contract. 

SPORTSDAY: The Dallas Stars re-signed defenseman Taylor Fedun to a two-year, two-way contract.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators re-signed forward Jack Rodewald to a one-year, two-way deal. 


  1. Hi Lyle

    I believe Marleau gets $833K over 2 Years (416 K per year) per Cap friendly; and not the $833 K in each year that you have listed

    Either way…. $3.8 M to buy a first….. wow 😲

    I know he’s got deep pockets but relative to the hockey investment he has ; that’s massive for a future (mid- late first likely) that won’t likely play for 3 years (and always a chance of picking a dud)

    Head Scratcher

    • Maybe he’s got a bit of Sammy Pollock in him and knows where the Leafs will finish this coming season! 🙂

      • Lottery protected

      • Yeah, but the condition states “If the first-round pick is a top-10 selection, the Hurricanes will instead receive a first-round pick in 2021” – presumably not lottery-protected

      • That would be so hilarious if it came to fruition!😂

    • Fixed, thanks!

    • I actually think that because it was a 35+ contract that the Canes are on the hook for the entire 6.25. I can’t see the Leafs giving up a first round pick if they could have just bought him out themselves for only 400k caphit.

      • Yes, isn’t that the case with over 35 contracts? Doesn’t make sense for Toronto to give up a first to save $400k on the cap.

      • Just checked cap friendly and it has the cap hit to Carolina as the full $6.25M for this year and 0 for next year, so the buyout pays him the $400k/yr for 2 years ut only cap hit is this season for the full AAV of the contract.

      • Yes it is a 35+ contract but even if it wasn’t a 35+ contract the bonus money for the year gets added to the payout so 3mil+416k so it would have been a 3.416 mil the cap hit for 2019 and 416K for 2020 if not a 35+ contract.

  2. I guess you mean he got Joe Sakiced
    Bowen Byram

    • Brady Tkachuk

      • I forget who did they trade for. Just think they could of had both plus Shane Bowers and this years third. One first to clear cap space seems better . All that to get a 19th pick.And he’s going to turn the franchise around. Lmao. Ok

      • It is what it is – no sense looking back and wondering “if” – regrets are nothing but wasted thoughts

      • Shane Bowers has yet to play a game in the NHL – same with Byram – so I agree totally with what you pointed out the other day – so far they are just that – prospects. Tkachuk already has a 20+ goal season under his belt as a rookie so at least we know his capabilities.

      • Oh, and lest I forget, if a 19th pick is to be regarded as a maybe at best – and I agree there, by the way (just posted yesterday or the the day before a list of former 1st Round picks not given qualifying offers) – why do some keep bringing up Shane Bowers as if relinquishing him in the Duchene deal was like giving up Bobby Orr – the guy was picked 28th overall by Ottawa 2 years ago. Is he suddenly the exception to the rule that a 19th is simply a maybe?

  3. I was pointing out getting cap space was worth the pick . you brought up Sam Pollock like the leafs were getting beat bad in the deal. I just brought up another example of that but I guess if it is your team , we don’t want to bring that up. I forgot , I will try harder to remember

    • Kee-rist Vinnie, you must have a bee up your ass the size of a softball – look again – I said “Maybe he’s got a bit of Sammy Pollock in him and knows where the Leafs will finish this coming season! 🙂” It was an effing JOKE!

      YOU brought up Bowers as if giving him up somehow looks like the dumbest move ever made as a GM. So yeah, I pointed out that he was taken 9 picks later than the one you mention.

      Gawd-dammit come down of your high-horse and join the throngs.

  4. I think Shane Bowers is better than Bobby Orr. you got to remember Bobby is 71.

    • Now THAT is funny/

      • George , I like you, you make me chuckle. Never had a horse but I had a pony. You are sure you are not English.