NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 28, 2019
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.
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.