NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 8, 2019
The Hurricanes officially match Sebastian Aho’s offer sheet, an update on Don Cherry, the Sharks thank Joe Pavelski, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: As expected, the Carolina Hurricanes officially matched the Montreal Canadiens’ offer sheet to Sebastian Aho. The 21-year-old thanked the Canadiens for the offer but professed his happiness over staying with the Hurricanes. His new contract is a five-year, bonus-laden deal worth over $8.4 million annually.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There some dispute on social media over Aho’s true intentions while questioning the Habs rationale for making that offer.
The Canadiens took a calculated gamble that failed but cost them nothing. Their roster didn’t improve but it also wasn’t depleted. The Hurricanes waiting until the last day to match was seen as screwing over the Habs but it didn’t prevent them from making four UFA signings last week.
The Canes keep their franchise player but for a shorter term and more money up front. The Aho camp was the only side that pretty much got what it wanted. Time will tell if this situation affects Aho’s future in Carolina beyond the tenure of his new contract.
NBC SPORTS: The San Jose Sharks took out a full-page ad to thank former captain Joe Pavelski. After spending 13 seasons with the Sharks, Pavelski signed a three-year deal with the Dallas Stars.
THE SCORE: Hockey Night in Canada pundit Don Cherry took to Twitter yesterday to quell speculation over his future. The brouhaha arose after Toronto Sun columnist Steve Simmons claimed Cherry’s return hadn’t been confirmed. Cherry said he was told a week after the 2019 playoffs he would be back for 2019-20.
NEW YORK POST: Sonny Milano and A.J. Greer were arrested by New York police yesterday morning after a fight with an acquaintance. Milano plays for the Columbus Blue Jackets while Greer is a member of the Colorado Avalanche.
The scrap was said to be either a disagreement over the payment of a restaurant tab or the victim becoming rowdy and refusing to leave the players’ apartment when asked. The pair were charged with misdemeanor assault and released. They have a court appearance scheduled for September.
CAP FRIENDLY: The Tampa Bay Lightning signed center Gemel Smith to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700K at the NHL level.