NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 23, 2019

by | Jul 23, 2019 | News, NHL | 9 comments

The latest contract signings, an update on the Calgary arena deal, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

TORONTO SUN: Former Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth told a Czech newspaper he’s accepted a professional tryout offer with the Maple Leafs. 

Goaltender Michal Neuvirth agreed to a PTO with the Toronto Maple Leafs (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like the Leafs are seeking an insurance policy in case Garret Sparks and Michael Hutchinson fail to measure up as backups for starting goalie Fredrik Andersen. Neuvirth’s a good goalie when healthy but he’s been plagued by injuries in recent years. 

NORTHJERSEY.COM: The New Jersey Devils avoided salary arbitration with Mirco Mueller. The 24-year-old defenseman agreed to a one-year, $1.4-million contract. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins avoided arbitration with winger Zach Aston-Reese, inking him to a two-year, $2-million deal. 

RDS.CA: Former Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec will play another season for HC Kometa Brno in the Czech Republic. 

THE ATHLETIC’s Joe Smith reports the Tampa Bay Lightning have reached a settlement with former defenseman Jake Dotchin regarding his grievance over his terminated contract with the club. 

CALGARY SUN: Former Flames star Theo Fleury headlines the 2019 Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame class. Kevin Lowe is also being inducted. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to Fleury and Lowe for this well-deserved honor. 

THE SCORE: The city of Calgary officially announced an agreement with the Flames on a new arena project. The agreement was first reported last Friday. It goes before a city council vote on July 29. If approved, the three-year construction will begin in July 2021. 


  1. Neuvirth, if he’s healthy, would be a great backup To Freddie if his PTO pans out.

    Glad to see the Flames & the city finally get a deal done for a new arena

    • Now, if only the Feds, the Mayor and Melnyk could get off their Royal butts (not Gerald’s) maybe we’ll see a deal reached on the new downtown Ottawa facility.

      • I dunno about the Calgary deal George. It basically tax payer money being used to construct the stadium where the city owns the stadium but 100% of proceeds go to the Hockey club.
        I’m not good with that personally as an Ottawa resident. If they want tax payer money then the city needs to own part of the team and that money be used where the citizens need it.

      • Taz, Calgary Sports and Entertainment Group will put up $275M of the $550M cost.
        That is more (double) that Katz put in in Edmonton, but Katz also committed to other projects that have revitalized downtown.
        From what I read on Sportsnet the City owns it and the Flames operate it and pay for upkeep.
        City gets a 2% tax on all tickets sales for all teams and concerts. $155M over the 35 year deal.
        New cutlure and entertainment area (think Jurassic park) that will generate $138M.
        Flames increase local amateur sports donations to $75M. This is on top of the local foundation they already run.
        This is before you even talk about the badly needed jobs in AB for the construction.
        Not a terrible deal by any means, at least when compared to other deals we have seen in NA.
        Everybody shut up, kept it out of the media and worked out a deal.
        At very least a big boost that city needs that will pay for itself over the term of the deal.

  2. Out of curiosity, and with those latest RFA signings mentioned above, I counted 46 still to be signed (only counting those on the major roster), with these teams likely needing to make a roster change or two given available cap space and the probable expectations of those still to be signed:

    NYR; Pittsburgh; Washington; Dallas; Toronto; St. Louis; Vancouver; Boston; Calgary

    So, there remains some hope for meaningful, comment-provoking input from those of us who thrive on summer activity.

    • Are/were you an actuary George?

  3. Even if the Leafs trade Sparks 4 A broken stick, and use injury reserve for Horton, Dermott, & Hyman, and the 10% off season slush fund, somebody on that team has to get traded if Marner is to be retained.

    I’d like to see Nylander gone but his value at the moment based on last years debacle isn’t much so it might be another one of those “helping hands” with a buzzer attached to it to create the space.

    • and further on Nylander, if, and that’s a big one, can they trade Nylander and not retain little or no salary? I don’t think so.

      I get then can move bodies to the AHL which affects the cap but somehow in the end, either Marner takes a cut on his demands; which is very unlikely, or somebody has to get traded since Dermott and Hyman will eventually count once more against the cap once they return from the IR.

  4. Nylander’s money is up front, they won’t need to retain any salary. He is 23 with lots of upside.
    If someone trades for him they will be happy with him. You guys make it sound like he has 1 leg.
    Lots of players making 7 million are worse than him.
    I can’t see them trading him. He will have 30 goals and 70 points this year.