NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 31, 2022
P.K. Subban is still seeking a new contract, the latest on Kailer Yamamoto, and family and friends recently gathered to say goodbye to the late Bryan Marchment. Details and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Stu Cowan reports that P.K. Subban still wants to play in the NHL, according to his long-time agent, Don Meehan. “But I think at this stage of his career, he would want to play somewhere that would provide a good opportunity for him.”
Subban, 33, tallied 22 points in 77 games last season with the New Jersey Devils. He’s coming off an eight-year contract that paid him an average annual value of $9 million. Over that period, he was traded by the Montreal Canadiens in 2016 to the Nashville Predators, followed by a trade three years later to the Devils.
Meehan acknowledged his client isn’t the All-Star defenseman he once was but believes he can still contribute to a club on a positive basis.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some Subban fans hope that he’ll return with the Canadiens to bring his career full circle. Given the club’s current rebuild under new management, however, Cowan considers that to be an unlikely scenario. He could end up on a playoff contender on a one- or two-year deal for an annual cap hit of around $3 million.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Derek Van Diest reports the clock is ticking on Oilers general manager Ken Holland and Kailer Yamamoto to reach an agreement on a new contract. The 23-year-old winger’s arbitration hearing is scheduled for Aug. 7. Yamamoto earned $1.175 million on a one-year deal last season, scoring 20 goals and 41 points in 81 games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Holland avoided arbitration with Jesse Puljujarvi with a one-year, $3 million contract. He was coming off a two-year deal with a cap hit similar to Yamamoto’s. Perhaps a one-year for around the same cap hit as Puljujarvi is in the cards for him.
SAN JOSE HOCKEY NOW: Bryan Marchment’s family and friends recently gathered in Oshawa to say goodbye to the former NHL defenseman. Among those in attendance were Dion Phaneuf, Louie DeBrusk, Mike Ricci and Scott Thornton.
Marchment, 53, died of natural causes on July 6 in Montreal the day before the 2022 NHL Draft. Since 2007-08, he’d been part of the San Jose Sharks organization as a developmental coach and a scout.
NEW YORK POST: The New York Islanders recently bought 25,000 tickets for the July 29 $1.28 billion Mega Millions lottery.
Had the Isles won, they would’ve shared the winnings with full-season ticket holders and suite holders. Another share of the winnings would go to staff members and the children’s foundation Islanders Group.
TSN: The New Jersey Devils named Ryan McGill as their new assistant coach. He’d spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach with the Vegas Golden Knights.