NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 12, 2019
John Tavares weighs in on Mitch Marner’s contract situation. Details and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
TSN.CA: John Tavares is optimistic teammate Mitch Marner’s contract negotiations with the Toronto Maple Leafs can be settled before training camp opens next month.
“There’s lots of restricted free agents unsigned still, a lot of guys in a similar position as him,” said Tavares. “There’s still some time here, I think we all believe the right thing will happen and something will get worked out. I think that’s what both sides obviously want, sometimes it takes a little bit longer than others.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It seems Leafs management and the Marner camp are taking a break as there’s nothing new to report regarding their contract talks.
Some observers believe the agents of this summer’s other notable restricted free agents are awaiting the outcome of his negotiations. If so, we could see a flurry of contract signings leading up to the start of training camp in a month.
THE ATHLETIC: The Arizona Coyotes “are leaving Arizona Sports 98.7 FM for Fox Sports 910 AM, which is owned by iHeartMedia.” The official announcement could come on Tuesday.
TBNEWSWATCH.COM: Former NHL player Jared Staal is returning to professional hockey as an assistant coach with the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears. The youngest of the four Staal brothers, Jared retired as a player in 2016-17 and spent last season “as an assistant at Okanagan Hockey Academy’s Edmonton campus.”