NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 6, 2019

by | Jul 6, 2019 | News, NHL | 13 comments

Forty players filed for salary arbitration, the latest free-agent signings, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHLPA: St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington and New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba were among the 40 players selected salary arbitration by the 5 pm ET deadline yesterday.  Arbitrations hearings will be held in Toronto between July 20 to August 4.

New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba was among 40 player filing for salary arbitration on Friday. (Photo via NHL Images)

Anaheim Ducks

Chase De Leo

Boston Bruins

Danton Heinen

Buffalo Sabres

Remi Elie

Jake McCabe

Evan Rodrigues

Linus Ullmark

Calgary Flames

Sam Bennett

Ryan Lomberg

David Rittich

Rinat Valiev 

Carolina Hurricanes

Anton Forsberg

Brock McGinn

Colorado Avalanche

J.T. Compher

Sheldon Dries

Ryan Graves

Dallas Stars

Jason Dickinson

Florida Panthers

MacKenzie Weegar

Los Angeles Kings

Alex Iafallo

Montreal Canadiens

Joel Armia

Charles Hudon

Artturi Lehkonen

Nashville Predators

Rocco Grimaldi

Colton Sissons

New Jersey Devils

Will Butcher

Connor Carrick

Mirco Mueller

New York Rangers

Pavel Buchnevich

Jacob Trouba

Philadelphia Flyers

Scott Laughton

Pittsburgh Penguins

Zach Aston-Reese

St. Louis Blues

Jordan Binnington

Joel Edmundson

Zach Sanford

Oskar Sundqvist

Tampa Bay Lightning

Cedric Paquette

Vegas Golden Knights

Malcolm Subban

Washington Capitals

Christian Djoos

Chandler Stephenson

Winnipeg Jets

Andrew Copp

Neal Pionk

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The dates for each hearing will be released before July 20. As soon as it is, I’ll post it up. Paquette yesterday re-signed with the Lightning to a two-year, $3.3-million contract.

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins yesterday re-signed head coach Mike Sullivan to a four-year contract extension. 

TSN: The Columbus Blue Jackets re-signed defenseman Scott Harrington to a three-year, $4.9-million contract. 

THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche re-signed defenseman Nikita Zadorov to a one-year contract. Cap Friendly indicates it’s for $3.2 million. 

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks re-signed winger Josh Leivo to a one-year, $1.5-million contract.

WGR 550: Forward Zemgus Girgensons signed his one-year, $1.6-million qualifying offer with the Buffalo Sabres. Speaking of the Sabres, 2019 first-round pick Dylan Cozens underwent surgery on his left thumb and will require two-three months to recover. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens signed UFA forward Nick Cousins to a one-year, $1-million contract. 

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks signed winger Andreas Martinsen to a one-year, two-way contract worth $750K at the NHL level. 

SPORTSNET: Ontario sports minister Lisa MacLeod has apologized for harsh comments aimed at Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk at a recent Rolling Stones concert. MacLeod said she was giving Melnyk some “feedback”. According to Melnyk, she said, “I am your minister and you’re a f—ing piece of s–t and you’re a f—ing loser,”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: And that, ladies and gentlemen, was Friday’s most bizarre sports story. On the one hand, some Senators fans will probably applaud MacLeod for ripping into the cantankerous Melnyk. On the other hand, she’s among the most despised members of Premier Doug Ford’s cabinet. 


  1. Lyle, according to CapFriendly, TB signed Cedric Paquette to a 2-year $1.650 mil deal yesterday.

    I also notice that there are names in the above arbitration filings which I didn’t include in that list yesterday. At first I wondered how I had managed to screw up until I checked back and saw that players such as Chase De Leo with Anaheim, Rinat Valiev with Calgary, etc., are regarded as among the minor league rosters.

    If you like I can update the list to include such players and, if it serves any purpose, I can also provide an updated list at the start of each day in the Rumors thread. I’m up early 🙂

    • George, I duly noted the Paquette signing in my comment.

      Feel free to update your list in the Rumors thread. I don’t have a problem with it.

    • You’re getting a bit lust happy George 🤨

  2. Argghh. Completely skipped over your note on the Paquette deal. Sorry. Getting up early and with just the one coffee (at the time) does have its drawbacks!

    I would bet that 80-90% of that list will have signed new deals before their hearings. As I understand it, players who have gone through it have often described it as an unpleasant experience.

    • With regards to the Habs RFAs, I remember reports from the MTL Gazette suggesting both Lkonen and Armia had deals close at hand (~ 1mill for Lek, 3yr ~3mill per for Armia). Hudon is a goner. I know there is a second buy-out period for teams that have players the file for arbitration so does that mean teams have a way to etends they buy-out window?

  3. Perhaps Melnyk can make the Ontario Sports Commisioner’s job a bit easier by moving his team to Quebec City.


    I’ve seen a few “hot takes” complaining about Sullivan’s extension…

    These geniuses think the Penguins should have made a two time Cup champion who leads his team to 100 point season each year enter the year as a lame duck coach…virtually guaranteeing his and the team’s failure…in the last best chance of the Crosby/Malkin era.

    Luckily, Rutherford understood why that would not be smart.

    • Like everything else Rutherford does it’s term.

      • “In the long run, we are all dead” – J.M. Keynes

        We aren’t going to win Cups when Sid and Geno are 35+*. We can still win Cups now.

        If excess term is the difference between being bad instead of mediocre down the road in order to maximize now, so be it.

        *Unless they unearth a few Datsyuk’s and Zetterberg’s to extend the window.

    • I really wonder what MacLeoud’s goal was. I mean yelling such ‘feedback’ at Melnyk will change exactly 0 about his views/behaviour. I really seems like a drunken tirade from her. Her ‘apology’ was weak also. Talk about a career limiting move.

  4. What kind of deal does Binnington get?
    I have no clue.
    We all saw what he did in the playoffs but has only played in 33 regular season games.
    Pretty risky with that small a sample size.
    will he get as much as $3.5M?
    Even that seems high to me.

    • I could see Binnington’s contract being decided by the arbitrator. You can make legit arguments on either side. The Blues won the Cup though – isn’t that the whole idea?

    • Ray I suspect he’ll get over paid for winning the cup, after all he did beat a $7m goalie in the finals.

  5. I believe Binnington is the real deal. He performed under pressure from January right to June. If he had a bad game there next one he was unbelievable. That kind of pressure is a lot different than random 20 game run. ST. Louis and alot other teams know what average goaltending gets you