NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 4, 2020

by | Oct 4, 2020 | News, NHL | 20 comments

The Penguins re-sign Tristan Jarry, the Flyers re-up Brian Elliott, the Coyotes intend to buy out Michael Grabner, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins yesterday re-signed goaltender Tristan Jarry to a three-year, $10.5-million contract. The annual average value is $3.5 million. Jarry, 25, was slated to become a restricted free agent with arbitration rights.

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry (NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: An affordable re-signing by the Penguins. Jarry is expected to take over as their full-time starting goaltender in 2020-21. The Penguins now have $78.8 million invested in 21 players.

This move has also ramped up speculation over Matt Murray’s future with the Penguins. It’s assumed the Penguins will trade him, but general manager Jim Rutherford indicated they’ll extend a qualifying offer this week and could take him to arbitration as a formality to retain his signing rights. However, Rutherford also admitted speaking with other clubs, though he hasn’t fully shut the door on re-signing Murray.

NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: The Flyers re-signed goalie Brian Elliott to a one-year, $1.5-million contract. Elliott, 35, was due to become an unrestricted free agent on Oct. 9.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Elliott took a $500K pay cut to stay with the Flyers. He’s been a reliable backup and mentor to young starting goalie Carter Hart.

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes placed winger Michael Grabner on waivers Saturday for the purpose of buying out the final season of his contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cap Friendly indicates the Coyotes will incur a cap hit of $833K for 2020-21, rising to $1.258 million in 2021-22.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens extended qualifying offers to Max Domi, Victor Mete, Charles Hudon, Noah Juulsen and Xavier Ouellet.

NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: The Capitals signed prospect defenseman Lucas Johansen to a one-year, two-way contract.


  1. Good contract on TJ

    Qualifying offer to MM is no skin off their noses… retains his rights

    I heard somone on a call in concerned about what if he signs the Qualifying offer…. are you kidding me? He won’t…. but if he did… Pens lock up their tandem for next year at just over $7M and neither has trade protection

    He is certainly not going to accept the same Sal… but Pens retain his rights

    • Andersen to Ottawa for a 2nd. Ottawa uses him until deadline with a $1m salary and then trades him to a playoff team at TDL for a 2nd in next years draft.

      Leafs send that 2nd to Pitt for Murray.

      • LOL. Sure. Maybe a 6th

      • Wendel as George0 said he’ll only be worth a 6th (maybe) after playing for that “club” in Ottawa.

      • Yeah, they’re really rotten Ron – not like that juggernaut in the GTA who have given their hero- worshipping fans so much more joy since 2004 when it comes to playoffs.

        I feel sorry for true pragmatic fans of the Leafs like Taz, Pengy, OldBlueDog, BCLeafFan, FD who must cringe every time they see yours or Wendel’s name pop up.

        But hey, the way I look at, it’s always goods for a laugh.

        Now put on your Leafs jammies, stick you thumb U … err … in your moth and get ready for massive disappointment over the next week while Harry Potter tries to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.

      • Freddy may even resign because I think he said Quebec City is the most European city in NA, where he would likely be playing for the back end of his extension.

      • George. You’re trying to have your cake and eat it too. Either ott is so bad that investing in a quality goalie right now is a bad move. Or. The arnt so bad and you should defend them from people saying they are.

        Careful. Scrot splinters hurt.

  2. Pengy, if Murray signs the one year qualifying offer, does he become an UFA next season???

    If so, maybe it would be a good move for him to do so.

    The next three seasons will not be business as usual for neither teams or players.

    • Why are you asking him???

      • For his opinion – you seem to have no problem posting yours – should he have checked with you first?

      • Thanks George.

        Steady Eddie, I was just too lazy on this cool Maritime Sunday morning to look it up myself.

        FYI, can you get me Tom Bladon’s autograph???

      • I went to Haliburton Hockey Haven as a kid Ed and one of the instructors was Larry Goodenough….WHAT.A.THRILL.!!!

    • George O, cringe is to put it lightly. I am almost at the point where is he for real with his analysis? Or just trolling us and happens to be a fan of another team, I mean can you really be that delusional? I watch the leafs and think to myself…it was really promising a couple years ago with the talent we have/had…and then Dubas starts flinging his gold pen around. SMH in complete frustration.

      Btw, you should be very excited with the way your Sens are going.

      Cheers fellas!

      • That has crossed my mind as well FD – i.e., he’s actually anti-Leafs and just states those nonsense ideas to stir up the masses. If that’s the case, he really needs to get a life because, in that instance, he comes across as pathetic. But I suppose small things amuse small minds.

    • Hi Uwey

      From pensionplanspuppets.com:

      “ Players can simply accept their QO, beginning on October 9 at noon, and avoid any negotiation as Andreas Johnsson did in 2018. The QO expires on October 18. If a player does not accept their QO or it expires, they cannot become a UFA. Nothing a player does can make them a UFA, only the team can choose that by not issuing the QO.“

      and further down re term :

      “ The length of the contract received in arbitration is either one or two years, and the party who did not elect arbitration gets to choose it. One exception is that players in their final year as RFAs can only get one-year deals.”

      and further down re walk-away situation:

      “ In certain circumstances a team can walk away from an arbitration award, and the player becomes a UFA. Players cannot. Only player-elected arbitration comes with walk-away rights for the team. Teams can also walk away from the second year of two-year awards, which makes the player a UFA at that time.

      Only awards higher than $4,538,958 carry walk-away rights in this offseason.”

  3. I went to Haliburton Hockey Haven as a kid Ed and one of the instructors was Larry Goodenough….WHAT.A.THRILL.!!!

  4. Grabner will be a good pick up for somebody probably under 2 mil 3rd or 4th line

  5. Leo…I could see the Habs looking at Grabner. Cheap pickup for a guy that has wheels and has put up respectable numbers

    • Habs should just unretire Yvon Cournoyer instead.

      • He’d still be faster – and better – than the Leafs bottom 6