NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 14, 2019

by | Jul 14, 2019 | News, NHL | 5 comments

The Blues re-sign Jordan Binnington plus updates on Jake Gardiner, Brock Boeser, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues yesterday avoided salary arbitration with goaltender Jordan Binnington. The two sides agreed to a two-year contract with an annual average value of $4.4 million. 

The St. Louis Blues re-sign Jordan Binnington to a two-year deal (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s a very reasonable contract for Binnington. For the Blues, this doesn’t lock them in for too long with a player who has a  very short (albeit impressive) body of work in the NHL. It also doesn’t put a big dent into their salary-cap payroll. Cap Friendly indicates they have over $7.1 million in cap room, with Joel Edmundson, Ivan Barbashev, and Oskar Sundqvist to re-sign.

For Binnington, it’s a healthy payraise over last season’s $650K. It also gives him the opportunity to become a UFA in two year’s time. If he builds upon this year’s performance, he’ll be in line for a more lucrative deal. 

NBC SPORTS: Adam Gretz examines why defenseman Jake Gardiner remains available in the unrestricted free agent market. Gardiner’s recent back injury could be a legitimate concern among interested clubs. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In recent years it seems there’s always one player considered among the top UFAs who ends up taking longer to sign a contract, usually for much less than projected. That’s free agency under a hard salary cap.

When the free-agent market opens there’s usually several teams with plenty of money pursuing the top talent. Within a couple of days, however, most of the best players are signed and there aren’t as many teams with the cap space to invest in the remaining UFA talent. It’s almost like musical chairs. Now that the music has stopped, Gardiner finds himself without a seat. 

THE HOCKEY NEWS: Jared Clinton looks at what it might take for the Vancouver Canucks to get Brock Boeser under contract. The restricted free agent winger could get around $7.5 million per season. 

SPORTSDAY: The Dallas Stars offseason moves have received high grades from many NHL observers. Their additions include Joe Pavelski, Corey Perry, and Andrej Sekera. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Vegas Golden Knights owner Tom Foley hopes to build a new aircraft hangar “to upgrade the way the executives behind the franchise and other companies he’s tied to travel.”


  1. That’s a good signing for St. Louis. He performed under pressure. Would like to see Gardner back in Toronto.

  2. Bennington/St L:Good contract both sides

    If he’s a one hit wonder (me thinks not)…, two years not crazy;

    Binnington MAYBE could have held out for more or gambled for more at Arb… low probability to gain very little … UFA in 2 years … if he continues at 19/20 production …. very good payoff at UFA time; IF he even gets better and maintains …. UFA goalie then on July 1st 2021 when he’s still 27 …. that could be a massive massive payout

    • Beats the hell out of 1 year for $1 mil! Guess, unlike Labanc, he wasn’t “thinking about team balance.”

      • Labanc didn’t win a cup.

      • Binnington was a major reason why St Louis won the the cup while LeBlanc is a nice contributing piece to a playoff team. Just a little different.