NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 25, 2019

by | Jul 25, 2019 | News, NHL | 7 comments

Sergei Bobrovsky explains why he left the Blue Jackets, the latest contract signings, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

TSN: cited Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky telling Russia’s Sport 24 why he left the Columbus Blue Jackets via free agency after seven seasons. He cited discord between himself and the club that started following their first-round elimination in the 2018 playoffs and continued throughout last season.

Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky explained why he left the Columbus Blue Jackets after seven seasons (Photo via NHL Images).

Bobrovsky said there was more to it than just the tensions within the club, adding he felt he needed a change of scenery. Despite the club’s constant efforts to re-sign the goalie, he said there was “no chance” he’d sign an extension with them.

“I was suspended by the team, there were some conflicts in the team, a lot of meetings and some of them just because of me,” he said, adding that he didn’t feel comfortable. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bobrovsky merely confirmed the discord that was rumored throughout last season. Those conflicts he alluded to were highlighted by his one-game suspension by the team for not returning to the bench after being pulled from a mid-season contest. 

CALGARY SUN: The Flames avoided arbitration with Sam Bennett, re-signing the 23-year-old forward to a two-year contract worth $2.25-million annually. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a cost-effective deal for the Flames, who need all the cap space they can get with Matthew Tkachuk, David Rittich, and Andrew Mangiapane to re-sign. Cap Friendly indicates they have over $7.4 million in cap room and it’ll take more than that to sign Tkachuk. A salary-dumping trade before the start of the season seems likely, especially after Rittich gets his new contract. His arbitration hearing is slated for July 29. 

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs announced seven contract signings yesterday. None of them involved Mitch Marner. The players brought in were forwards Pontus Aberg, Kenny Agostino, Tyler Gaudet, Kalle Kossila, Nick Shore and Garrett Wilson, and defenceman Kevin Gravel.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some of these signings, such as Agostino, Shore and Wilson, were previously reported. The Leafs now sit above the $81.5 million cap by over $2.1 million. Most of those players, perhaps all of them, will likely spend this season in the minors. 

NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: Capitals defenseman Christian Djoos received a one-year, $1.25-million contract via arbitration. The Capitals accepted the arbiter’s decision. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Over the weekend, Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford married his long-time girlfriend Kristy Muscolino.

THE TENNESSEAN: Predators captain Roman Josi also got married last weekend, tying the knot with model Ellie Ottaway.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My congratulations to the happy couples. 

STLTODAY.COM: The Blues hired former Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard as an assistant coach. His responsibilities will be the club’s special teams, especially the power play. 

THE AHL.COM: Former NHL winger Matt Moulson signed a one-year contract with the Hershey Bears. 



  1. Thanks for the Cap Friendly Tweet Link Lyle: Must be a lot of coffee being consumed at TML headquarters these days

  2. Looks like they are running a course on salary cap procedures. I guess that’s part of being a successful money making franchise. Wonder if Calgary, Winnipeg amongst others are paying attention.
    The other course is how to get to cap floor without spending money. See Ottawa , Melnyk has that figured out.
    Salary Cap is a joke.

    • The cap will continue to evolve Vinnie. Then teams will look and likely find other ways to circumvent it.
      Then they will make more changes when the time comes.

      • Evolve to a soft cap.

  3. Yes, it looks like the NHL is going to have high dollar contracts and low dollar contracts. So i guess if there is no room for the middle guy, he may end up playing in the KHL or some other league. To me that is dangerous for the NHL. I think that could make the KHL very dangerous. They really could raid some high end talent right now. Oh I know money isn’t everything . Players just want to play in the NHL. If I had a team in the KHL I know what I would be doing.

    • That is probably a big factor in the Colton Sissons contract. He realizes that the type of player he is tends to be squeezed out eventually, especially as they near 30. So he opted for longer term security at the expense of shorter term money.

    • This is a reason why Colton Sissons agreed to his contract. He realizes that players like him tend to be squeezed out , especially as they near 30. So he opted for longer term security over shorter term money.