NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 13, 2019

by | Jul 13, 2019 | News, NHL | 4 comments

The Hurricanes sign Ryan Dzingel, the Flyers re-sign Scott Laughton, and the Blues re-up Robby Fabbri. Details on these and other signings in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes yesterday signed free-agent winger Ryan Dzingel to a two-year, $6.75-million contract. 

The Carolina Hurricanes signed winger Ryan Dzingel to a two-year contract (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The annual average value is $3.375 million, which is considerably less than the $5-million AAV Dzingel reportedly sought from the Ottawa Senators earlier this season. It’s a cost-effective short-term deal that could pay significant offenseive dividends for the Hurricanes. 

Dzingel had a career-high 56 points split between the Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets. However, his production and ice time declined following his trade to the Jackets. Dzingel said he’s looking forward to playing with the Hurricanes because coach Rod Brind’Amour plays an up-tempo system that favors his style of play.  

NBC SPORTS: The Philadelphia Flyers avoided arbitration with forward Scott Laughton by signing him to a two-year, $4.6-million deal. 

WGR 550: Center Johan Larsson signed his one-year qualifying offer ($1.55 million) with the Buffalo Sabres.

NHL.COM: The St. Louis Blues re-signed forward Robby Fabbri to a one-year, $900K contract. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed winger Adam Johnson to a one-year, two-way deal worth $700K at the NHL level. 

NHL.COM: The Columbus Blue Jackets has brought back Craig Hartsburg as an amateur scout and defense development coach. Former NHL goaltender Niklas Backstrom joins the Jackets as their European goaltending coach.


  1. As I posted yesterday; I think Dz is worth more.

    I realize that his ice time dwindled (but note his offence relative to playing time, and taking into account line mates and opponents; didn’t taper so dramatically)

    Perhaps he was not “in synch” with Torts (which happens to many players)

    To me ; good deal for Car; 2 years for Dz to show them and pick up a much better contract next time

    I think he will thrive under Rod The Bod

    I preface my next statement by saying that I am biased… I am a fan of Fabbri’s.

    I would have thought Fabbri was going to get a tad more but perhaps this was his agents way of getting a 1 year show me contract to put himself in line for a more lucrative contract next year.

    Lyle ,

    When you had “Pittsburgh” and “ Johnson” in the same sentence you had my complete and undivided attention

    Alas, it was just the signing of the minor league Johnson ☹️

    Still awaiting ….,”Johnson has been traded to….”


    • The Blues must still see some promise in Robby Fabbri whose career has been stalled by a couple of serious knee injuries (he missed the entire 2017-18 season). Taken 21st overall in Round 1 in 2014 after Major Junior (Guelph Storm of the OHL) seasons of 45g 42a 87 pts in 2013-14 and 25g 26a 51 pts in just 30 gp in 2014-15, he played just 3 AHL games with Chicago Wolves in 2014-15 before making St. Louis in 2015-16 on an ELC of $925,000 and had 18g 19a 37 pts. He was off to an even better season in 2016-17 (with his cap hit dropping to $894,167) with 11g 18a 29 pts in 51 gp before his knee blew out. Since then it’s been a struggle to get his game and health back with just 2g 4a 6 pts in 32 gp this past season, wehere his cap hit went back to $925,000. Now he has to prove himself all over again after being re-signed at $900,000.

      But, as I say, the Blues must still see something in him if they’re willing to fork over close to $1 mil of a limited cap space and still needing to sign Binnington, Edmundson, Sundqvist and Barbachev.

      • Hi George

        Again I’m biased ; but just watching him play…. IMO Fabbri has loads of potential

        League min is $650K and basically no one now gets signed below $700 K… so $900 K is really not much over that

        Blues have enough left to fit the rest in … all good 😀

      • He might not live up to all his expectations but any GM that hastily dumps a young cost controlled player shouldn’t be a GM. At $900k he can be dropped to the AHL with no cap cost. It’s not a complete throw out the baby with the bath water situation here. I think he should be a serviceable NHLer just maybe not a key player.