NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 5, 2019
Updates on Mitch Marner, Matthew Tkachuk, Alex Ovechkin, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
TSN: Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas said contract negotiations with winger Mitch Marner remain status quo.
“I think the reality is, it’s the status quo with all these types of players throughout the league. There doesn’t seem to be anything really transpiring, and as it gets into August, it’s kind of into a bit of a slog where there doesn’t seem to be any real progress. You don’t even hear of any progress in any of the other situations.”
Marner, 22, is a restricted free agent. He’s indicated he won’t attend training camp without a contract though his preference is to be there.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Status quo would apply to all of this summer’s top restricted agents. Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving recently expressed his hope of getting winger Matthew Tkachuk under contract before training camp opens next month but had nothing new to report.
Treliving’s view is likely shared by his peers with RFA stars of their own to re-sign. Those include Colorado’s Mikko Rantanen, Tampa Bay’s Brayden Point, Winnipeg’s Patrick Laine and Kyle Connor, Vancouver’s Brock Boeser, Columbus’ Zach Werenski, and Boston’s Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo.
Money and contract term are likely the main sticking points. Marner is believed seeking a four-to-five year deal comparable in salary to Auston Matthew’s $11.6 million annual average value. Tkachuk and Rantanen could each receive over $9 million per, Point over $8 million and Laine over $7 million. The Vancouver Sun’s Ben Kuzma recently told TSN Radio Vancouver that Boeser’s camp seeks $7 million annually.
The expectation is everyone’s waiting to see what happens with Marner. I expect they’ll only wait so long. Once the calendar flips to September, we could see most of these RFAs rush to sign new contract before training camp opens.
NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin received a warm welcome as he was greeted by fans upon his arrival in China. He’s in that country this week serving as an NHL ambassador.
SPORTSNET: Goaltender Cam Talbot reflected upon a difficult 2018-19 campaign that saw him lose the starter’s job in Edmonton, leading to a trade to Philadelphia where he saw little playing time with the Flyers. Talbot hopes to get his career back on track this season with the Calgary Flames.
Yes, the Sabres will have another buyout window. Botterill doesn’t like to go that route, but have to think Sobotka is a candidate. https://t.co/ytlELHO0tz
— Lance Lysowski (@LLysowski) August 3, 2019