NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 2, 2019

by | Aug 2, 2019 | News, NHL | 10 comments

The Rangers buy out Kevin Shattenkirk, the Flames to buy out Michael Stone, an update on Justin Williams, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

THE SCORE: The New York Rangers yesterday officially announced they bought out the contract of defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Shattenkirk is now an unrestricted free agent and could attract some interest as an affordable short-term pickup. I’ll have more in the Rumors section.

CALGARY SUN: The Flames yesterday announced they placed blueliner Michael Stone on unconditional waivers to buy out his contract. The move frees up $2.33 million, giving the Flames around $7.75 million in cap space. With restricted free agents Matthew Tkachuk and Andrew Mangiapane to re-sign, they could be forced to shed another salary.

The Calgary Flames will buy out the contract of defenseman Michael Stone (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: And I’ll have more on how this move could affect the Flames next cost-cutting move in the Rumors section.

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes are still awaiting a decision on captain Justin Williams’ plans. He’s an unrestricted free agent still mulling whether to retire or return to the Hurricanes for one more season.

General manager Don Waddell believes Williams is leaning toward returning. The Hurricanes have around $2.5 million in salary-cap space with Anton Forsberg and Saku Maenalanen to re-sign.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Because Williams would be signing a 35-plus contract, Waddell indicated it could be a bonus-laden deal. Those bonuses would be charged against next season’s cap if they end up pushing the Canes over this season’s cap.

THE ATHLETIC: The search for the next Minnesota Wild general manager is underway. The club has already interviewed former Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall and former Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli, but that doesn’t mean they’re front-runners for the job.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite managing the Boston Bruins to the Stanley Cup in 2011, Chiarelli’s tenure with the Oilers tarnished his reputation. Word that the Wild spoke with Chiarelli sparked some concern among Minnesota fans on social media.

ARIZONA SPORTS: Alex Meruelo was formally introduced yesterday as the new owner of the Coyotes. He vowed to keep the team in Arizona, is committed to building a winner, and praised team president and CEO Ahron Cohen and general manager John Chayka.

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins have hired Matt Cullen as part of their player development staff. Cullen recently announced his retirement as an NHL player after 21 seasons.

THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche re-signed forward A.J. Greer to a one-year, two-way contract. On July 7, he was arrested in New York on misdemeanor third-degree assault charges. The club has declined to comment until the investigation is complete.

WGR 550: The Buffalo Sabres agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with Remi Elie.

NHL.COM: Former players JP Cote and Stephen Gionta are among the new front-office hires by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Cote becomes their new director of player development while Gionta becomes a professional scout.


  1. A couple teams will benefit from cheap pick ups of Stone and Shatt

    Interested to see what is next shed for Cgy

    Can’t see Minn going with PC for GM

    Meruello has 1/7/24 marked in his calendar … signing Austen Mathews

    Re Cullen … his first player development suggestion should be to emphatically suggest that 4 years of development in WBS is imperative for JJ

  2. I agree , Mathews will end up in Arizona. He will be traded , not signed as a free agent.
    Just like Edmonton had to with Wayne Gretzky. League made them to grow hockey in L.A.
    It is a business, and the Leafs will play along because they make money too.
    Mathews would grow that franchise big time. And he would like to play at home. I know I worked where I wanted.

    • Hi Vinnie

      I agree a trade could happen if in first 3 years; after that Meruello will likely wait and get him for no assets

      I think in retrospect perhaps Leafs should have taken that reported final offer on the draft floor (just before AM was picked)…, 7th and 20 th picks ; OEL ; Strome …. for 1st pick (AM)…..

      That would have Leafs now with something like OEL ; Strome; Chychryn ; Sergachev for 19/20 cheaper than paying for AM; and Marner would already be signed

      Leafs now (19/20) not yet there for cup IMO; and 20/21 onward …. short on Cap to sign/retain the much needed proper D

      I still believe as at now the move should be WW for mid 20’s up and coming D that is projecting top 4 D in One or two years…. much needed savings in Cap and sets up future in D and allows for space for possible extension of Barrie …. NOTE … Leafs have but a single D (Morgan) currently under contract for 20/21 ☹️

      • Pengy, I get what you are saying but picking chychryn and sergachev wasn’t a given and really there is no one there who is comparable to AM. I really like OEL but he isn’t anywhere near elite.
        I’d take 8 years of Matthews to be honest. The Leafs window is now, we all know its falling apart in a few seasons, might as well have the best player from the pool for the ride.

        PS I don’t see any chance the Leafs don’t trade Matthews in the 2023/24 season if he doesn’t sign an extension, that would be a franchise altering mistake

      • Hi Taz

        Absolutely true on unknown who they would pick at 7 and 20 ; but I do like OEL and I think Strome is rounding out well

        Yes …. trade in 23/24 or in summer 23 is likely…. but the receiving team has to realize where his intentions are for 24/25 season


    • Vinnie, was the moon landing faked?

      • Yes

      • Please puff puff and pass…🤪

      • Well done Vinnie!

  3. You’re welcome