NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 11, 2023

by | Jul 11, 2023 | News, NHL | 13 comments

The arbitration hearing dates are set while the Flyers avoid arbitration with Noah Cates and Cam York, the Bruins avoid arbitration with Ian Mitchell, the Sharks sign Filip Zadina, and more in today’s NHL Morning Coffee Headlines.


NHLPA.COM: The hearing dates for the 2023 NHL arbitration period (July 20 – Aug. 4) have been set:

July 20
Philipp Kurashev (Chicago Blackhawks)
Brandon Duhaime (Minnesota Wild)
Alexei Toropchenko (St. Louis Blues)

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Ilya Samsonov (NHL Images).

July 21
Ilya Samsonov (Toronto Maple Leafs)

July 24
Brett Howden (Vegas Golden Knights)
Vince Dunn (Seattle Kraken)
Tanner Jeannot (Tampa Bay Lightning)

July 27
Ross Colton (Colorado Avalanche)

July 28
Gabriel Vilardi (Winnipeg Jets)

July 30
Jeremy Swayman (Boston Bruins)
Jack McBain (Arizona Coyotes)

August 1
Trent Frederic (Boston Bruins)


August 2
Morgan Barron (Winnipeg Jets)
Troy Terry (Anaheim Ducks)

August 4
Ryan McLeod (Edmonton Oilers)
Brandon Scanlin (New York Rangers)
Filip Gustavsson (Minnesota Wild)
Drew O’Connor (Pittsburgh Penguins)


NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: The Flyers avoided arbitration with forward Noah Cates and defenseman Cam York. The 24-year-old Cates inked a two-year, $5.25 million contract while York, 22, agreed to a two-year, $3.2 million deal.

BOSTON HOCKEY NOW: The Bruins avoided arbitration with defenseman Ian Mitchell as the two sides reached an agreement on a one-year, one-way contract worth $775K.


SAN JOSE HOCKEY NOW: The Sharks signed winger Filip Zadina to a one-year, $1.1 million contract. Zadina, 23, became an unrestricted free agent last week after he and the Detroit Red Wings mutually agreed to terminate his contract.

NEWSDAY: Andrew Gross reports the New York Islanders offered forwards Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Oliver Wahlstrom as part of a package deal to the Ottawa Senators for winger Alex DeBrincat. The Senators, however, didn’t want to take on the remaining three years and $5 million average annual value of the 30-year-old Pageau’s contract. They traded DeBrincat to the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.

DAILY FACEOFF: Long-time professional and junior hockey coach John Paddock announced his retirement. He spent the past nine seasons with the WHL’s Regina Pats, hired as their head coach in 2014 and becoming their general manager in 2015.

Paddock coached the Winnipeg Jets from 1991-92 to 1994-95 and the Ottawa Senators in 2007-08. He was an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2013-14. Paddock also spent 15 seasons as an AHL head coach, winning the Calder Cup with the Maine Mariners in 1983-84, the Hershey Bears in 1987-88, and the Hartford Wolf Pack in 1999-2000.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Paddock for a relaxing retirement.

BUFFALO HOCKEY NOW: The Rochester Americans have hired former NHL players Nathan Paetsch and Vaclav Prospal as their new assistant coaches. The Americans are the AHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres.

OTTAWA SUN: Anthony LeBlanc has resigned as the Senators president of business operations. He’s said that he’s leaving on good terms. It’s believed his decision was based on incoming owner Michael Andlauer’s plans to make some changes in the front office.

THE PROVINCE: The Vancouver Canucks have reached a one-year affiliation agreement with the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings.


  1. My apologies for the font issue with this post.

    • Lyle

      No need to apologize

      I believe I am in synch (for once) with all here in saying that we greatly appreciate you keeping this site going and always with refreshing and on point topics each day

      Thanks 👍😀

    • Hey Lyle,

      its good to change it up now and again…. keeps us all on our toes….👍 next thing will be an emoji,
      ok maybe not….

      good job.

      • Thanks! The support is appreciated!

    • Well, since I really didn’t notice anything, I’d say it’s all good.

      Let’s not sweat the small stuff anyway. You do a great job Lyle

  2. Glad to see Cates and York in the fold. Hearing that Briere is now back on Carter Hart and he may be on the move; can’t confirm second source but he makes sense to Chicago.

  3. Interesting news about the Islanders and the Sens. As a fan of both teams I can maybe see something that could have worked there. People in Ottawa love Pageau. But not at that price point. I think Pierre was adamant he get a 1str round pick back as part of the deal and then some warm bodies.
    If the Isles pick was in play I’m sure they could have done something.

    protected 1st round pick


    Mathiew Joseph
    Tyler Boucher?

    Money in/out is paying Pageau to do Josephs’ job but only 2 million more which I would do in a heart beat from an Ottawa perspective. Additionally from an Ottawa perspective the likelihood of that Isles pick being better than the heavily conditioned one they got is better. Moot point now. But…..

    • I think we can safely assume that a 1st rounder was part of the Isles package. In Ali, that would make it a better package than what the Sens got from Detroit. But it looks like it came down to not wanting a contract with much term on it. Kubalik will be a UFA next summer. He’s a few years younger that Pageau. This gives the Sens more options. If he plays well with them, they could work out an extension. If not, then no further obligation after the upcoming season.

  4. Regarding the Bruins/Ian Mitchell deal, why would he sign for $25k over league minimum instead of going to arbitration and hoping for more? I’m not sure why he’d settle on what is pretty much the floor of what he’d have received in a worst-case scenario. Am I missing something here?

    • I’m guessing it’s the one-way deal. Guaranteed the salary whether or not he is sent down. Maybe arbitration could have theoretically stuck him with a 2-way deal?

      • That makes sense.

  5. Sure…. I know it is random… but…Having O’Connor’s hearing on the last day…. Means potentially that Pens might have to wait another 3 1/2 weeks to buy out Granlund…. He should have been bought out in the first gi round

  6. Re; Arbitration hearing dates & signings

    They should start this process much earlier & have it run till mid July Completion date

    Should Teams have all there player hearings on the same day
    should it be bye position….❓ie, Goaltenders, Centres, D/men, Wingers

    The Oilers need to wait till August 4 to see if they can get
    Ryan McLeod of Oilers signed up.

    The Oilers said they cant sign Evan Bouchard until McLeod is signed due to the tight cap space of $5.6M, they need to get 3 players signed with that cap money…..😳
    Roster sits at 20 players signed right now.

    McLeod pay today is $798,000 would be $1.1M to a max of $1.325
    leaving room for one more player to make the minimum..
    Bouchard…. looking at comparables $3.M++ to a
    Max of $3.725 anything over that the oilers need make a trade to free up cap space
    1 players at $775,00 to make a 23 man roster
    Cap Hell in Edmonton…🙈