NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 7, 2019

by | Aug 7, 2019 | News, NHL | 7 comments

Update on the Wild’s GM search, the latest contract signings, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: A report indicating Carolina Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell has spoken with the Minnesota Wild regarding their vacant GM position is raising eyebrows. Waddell, a finalist for GM of the Year last season, remains without a new contract with the Hurricanes. He and team owner Tom Dundon attempted to downplay the situation, but the club could be flirting with front-office dysfunction.

Minnesota Wild interview Carolina Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell (Photo via NHL.com).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dundon claims he’d allow Waddell to speak with other clubs even if he was under contract, saying he wasn’t going to stop him if he could get more money elsewhere. Waddell insists it’s still business as usual for him, claiming Dundon “doesn’t believe in a lot of contracts” and telling Waddell he had a job for life.

Nevertheless, I think this is Waddell’s way of trying to leverage a new contract out of Dundon. If he does sign with the Wild, it’ll only raise more questions about Dundon’s handling of his management team.

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Wild also received permission to speak to Pittsburgh Penguins assistant GM Bill Guerin.

STLTODAY.COM: An arbiter awarded St. Louis Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson a one-year, $3.1-million contract. The Blues had offered $2.3 million while Edmundson sought $4.2 million after earning $3 million last season.

THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators forward Rocco Grimaldi received a one-year, $1-million contract via arbitration.

NBC SPORTS: released their television schedule for the 2019-20 season.



  1. Lyle,

    Are you familiar with NHL contracts by chance? I’m not but I’ve always wondered how is it that a GM can be fired while under contract but a player can’t and instead, needs to be bought out.

    Is there something in the CBA that prevents a player from being fired?

    • Essentially, players can be fired if they breach their contract, such as Jake Dotchin last season. His contract was terminated for not keeping himself in shape. Mike Richard’s contract was also terminated back in 2015. It’s not always easy for a team to prove that a player has violated the terms of their contract, and of course the union will get involved anytime a team accuses a player of it.

      The league also will investigate thoroughly any accusation of a contract breach as that could be a path to cap circumvention if not controlled.

      Team executives are not covered by the CBA, they are not protected by a union, and their contracts do not affect the cap. I think these are the main factors that allow for them to be fired more easily than a player can have their contract terminated.

  2. I believe when a GM is “fired” he is actually just “relieved of his duties.” He is still under contract, still gets paid according to the terms of the contract and still must request permission from the team before speaking to other teams, but he is no longer functioning as GM.

    • That’s a good point Ned, I believe you are right.

  3. Arbitration gave Joel Edmundson a $100,000 RAISE (from $3mil to $3.1mil) after he:
    – had the worst season of his NHL career and played in 64 reg season games
    – was scratched in 2 of the last 3 games of the 2019 Stanley Cup finals
    – averaged 12:29 time on ice for games 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7 (time on ice in game 7 was 9:04)
    – played 62 total minutes in the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals

    Jay Bouwmeester signs for a $2.15mil pay CUT (from $5.4mil to $3.25mil) after he:
    – played in 78 reg season games averaging 20:44 of time on ice
    – played in all 26 Stanley Cup playoff games in 2019 averaging 24:44 time on ice
    – played 173 total minutes in the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals

    Looks like it was money hard earned as usual for the career stalwart Bouwmeester and it was Christmas time for Joel Edmundson. Joel better step it up this year or he’s going to be history because he’s just not carrying his share of the load.

    Think about this: Edmundson $3.1mil and Jordan Binnington $4.4mil. When it comes to who’s most valuable to the team – really no comparison, is there?

    • As a Bruins fan, when I saw that number my reaction was “thank goodness McAvoy and Carlo are not arbitration eligible.”

      They’d probably be awarded like $14M and $9M by that arbiter haha.

      With that said, a comparison to Bouwmeester is tough, JayBo signed his extension before the playoffs, and probably could have gotten a little more on the open market but chose to accept less in STL.

  4. Can’t help be wonder if Dundan is letting Wadell speak to the Wild in part because he did not lock up Aho in time to prevent the Habs offer sheet. No doubt Wadell/Dundon would match but if Aho had been signed earlier, there never would have been that offer which will massively eat the profits of the ‘Canes……