NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 11, 2017
Latest on Tyler Johnson, Bo Horvat, Lindy Ruff and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning yesterday avoided salary arbitration with center Tyler Johnson, signing him to a seven-year contract worth an annual average value of $5 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A lengthy term for the 26-year-old Johnson at a reasonable salary. He likely would’ve commanded much more on the open market next summer but opted for the security of a long-term deal with the Lightning.
While Johnson has been banged up by injuries in his career, when healthy he’s a swift-skating, productive center. The Lightning’s next notable free agent is left wing Ondrej Palat, who’s arbitration hearing is slated for July 25.
VANCOUVER SUN: There’s talk the Canucks could re-sign center Bo Horvat to a six-year deal this summer. Comparables include Montreal’s Jonathan Drouin (six-years, $33 million), Florida’s Aleksander Barkov (six years, $34.5 million) and Anaheim’s Rickard Rakell (six years, $22.8 million).
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Horvat, 22, completed an entry-level contract and lacks arbitration rights. However, he’s moved up the depth chart of the rebuilding Canucks and is entering his playing prime. He tallied 40 points in 2015-16 and 52 points last season.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Rangers announced hiring former Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff as an assistant coach.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some folks might see this as the Rangers bringing in a possible replacement for bench boss Alain Vigneault. However, this seems more like a depth move for their coaching staff than any suggestion of front office dissatisfaction with Vigneault.
TSN: The Los Angeles Kings named Pierre Turgeon as their “offensive coordinator”. The 47-year-old is a former NHL all-star who finished with 515 career goals.
NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders named Fred Brathwaite as their new goaltending coach.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Stars re-signed forward Radek Faksa to a three-year, $6.6-million contract. He tallied 33 points in 80 games last season, along with 101 hits and 62 blocked shots.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets re-signed left wing Brandon Tanev to a one-year, $700K contract.