NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 30, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 30, 2017

Minnesota Wild forward Nino Niedereiter and Mikael Granlund are the notable players facing salary arbitration hearings this week.

This week’s arbitration dates, Stars to host 2018 Draft & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHLPA.COM: This week is the final one for this summer’s NHL salary arbitration hearings. The notables include Minnesota Wild forwards Nino Niederreiter (Aug.3) and Mikael Granlund (Aug. 4), Pittsburgh Penguins forward Conor Sheary (Aug. 4), New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (Aug. 2) Buffalo Sabres blueliner Nathan Beaulieu (Aug. 4) and Vegas Golden Knights rearguard Nate Schmidt (Aug. 3). 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: So far, only one arbitration hearing was held and that was Detroit’s Tomas Tatar, who agreed to a new contract with the Red Wings before the arbiter’s decision was reached. Don’t be surprised if the aforementioned players end up re-signing with their respective teams before their scheduled hearings. 

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: For the first time in NHL history, the annual draft will be held in Texas. It was announced yesterday that the Dallas Stars will host the 2018 NHL Draft on June 22-23, 2018. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets are reaping the rewards from the best season in franchise history. The season-ticket base has risen by more than 1,000 fans to above 10,000. Their season-ticket renewals are at an all-time high (96 percent) and corporate partnerships are strengthening.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After years of mediocrity, the Jackets have finally given their fans something worth supporting. With their depth in promising young talent, they are in good position to build upon last season’s success. 

SPORTSNET: Former Quebec Nordiques coach and general manager Maurice Filion passed away Friday at the age of 85. He built the Nords into a WHA champion and transitioned with them in 1979 to the NHL. He drafted Michel Goulet and Dale Hunter and was also there when the Stastny brothers joined the club following their defection from Czechoslovakia in 1981. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Filion’s family and friends. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 26, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 26, 2017

Former NHL great Teemu Selanne is eligible for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

2017 Hall of Fame class to be announced today. Details & more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

 NHL.COM: Teemu Selanne and Daniel Alfredsson are among the first-time candidates eligible for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. The 2017 class of inductees will be announced on Monday.

Other noteworthy candidates who’ve been eligible for years include Mark Recchi, Paul Kariya, Jeremy Roenick, Alexander Mogilny, Theo Fleury, Dave Andreychuk, Chris Osgood and Curtis Joseph. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In my opinion, Selanne and Alfredsson are locks for induction. The others are worthy candidates but it remains to be seen which of them will get the nod this year.

I’d also like to see former New York Islanders center Butch Goring (member of four Stanley Cup titles, former winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy, Bill Masterton Trophy Lady Byng Trophy) get his due this year. He was the final piece of the championship puzzle for the Islanders dynasty and has been overlooked for induction for far too long.

SPORTSNET’s John Shannon reported over the weekend the 2018 NHL Draft could be held in Dallas. 

TSN: The Anaheim Ducks re-signed defenseman Korbinian Holzer to a two-year contract extension. CapFriendly.com indicates it’s a one-way deal worth $900K annually. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL’s Jim Matheson reports the Arizona Coyotes have spoken to former Oilers head coach Todd Nelson regarding their vacant bench boss position. 

CKLW AM 800: More than 1,200 motorcyclists turned out Sunday for the seventh annual Bob Probert Ride. “More than $100,000 in proceeds donated this year will go towards cardiac wellness programs throughout Windsor-Essex in his honour.” Probert died in 2010 from a massive heart attack.