NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 5, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 5, 2018

Latest on the Leafs, an update on Boone Jenner, Jared Boll retires and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

SPORTSNET: Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas doesn’t believe his club’s recent signing of John Tavares will affect efforts to re-sign young stars Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander.

Asked if the Leafs can afford to keep all four during a recent interview with Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek, Dubas replied, “We can, and we will.” Nylander is a restricted free agent, while Matthews and Marner are both entering the final season of their entry-level contracts. 

Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas is confident his club can afford John Tavares, Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner & William Nylander (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As per Cap Friendly, the Leafs have just over $16 million in projected salary-cap space for 2018-19.

That’s more than enough to re-sign Nylander for perhaps between $5 – $6 million annually and leave enough to fill their remaining five roster spots, including perhaps a top-four defenseman via trade. Depending on how much they invest in contracts that stretch beyond 2019-20, they’ll have enough to re-sign Matthews and Marner.

However, as I pointed out in a recent Featurd.io article, the cost of re-signing them might leave limited cap space next summer to replace or re-sign unrestricted free agent defensemen Ron Hainsey and Jake Gardiner, or to address any roster weaknesses that should crop up over the next year. 

THE ATHLETIC’s Aaron Portzline reports the Columbus Blue Jackets are closing in on a new four-year contract for restricted free agent forward Boone Jenner. 

Portzline also profiles former Blue Jackets enforcer Jared Boll, who announced his retirement following 11 NHL seasons.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Boll spent nine of those seasons with the Blue Jackets, followed by two with the Anaheim Ducks. In 579 NHL games, he scored 28 goals, 66 points and amassed 1,298 PIMs.

NBC SPORTS: Former NHL players Nathan Oystrick is the new head coach of the Humboldt Broncos. He takes over the role formerly filled by the late Darcy Haugan, who died in a bus crash in April that killed 16 people and injured 13.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Osytrick spent three seasons in the NHL with the Atlanta Thrashers, Anaheim Ducks and St. Louis Blues. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 11, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 11, 2017

Game recaps plus updates on Jaden Schwartz, Marc-Andre Fleury and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Vladimir Tarasenko’s overtime goal gave the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Earlier in the day, the Blues learned Tarasenko’s linemate Jaden Schwartz will be sidelined at least six weeks with an injured right ankle suffered during Saturday’s game against Detroit, while defenseman Alex Pietrangelo is day-to-day after taking a puck to the foot during that game. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blues successfully adjusted to early-season injuries to key players such as Alex Steen and Jay Bouwmeester. However, they’ll face a bigger challenge coping to the loss of one of their top scorers and their best defenseman, though the latter could return to action soon. 

The Minnesota Wild blew a 3-0 lead but went on to defeat the San Jose Sharks 4-3 on an overtime goal by Nino Niederreiter. Eric Staal scored twice for the Wild, who’ve won four of their last five games, while Brent Burns also tallied two goals in a losing cause for the Sharks.

A three-goal third period carried the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane collected two assists in this game. The Coyotes have lost four straight. 

Curtis McElhinney turned in a 41-save performance and Zach Hyman scored the only goal as the Toronto Maple Leafs shut out the Edmonton Oilers 1-0. The Leafs were playing without young superstar center Auston Matthews, who was shaken up following a collision with teammate Morgan Reilly during Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh. He’s expected to be available during the Leafs three-game road trip this week.

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights yesterday activated goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury off injured reserve. He missed 25 games to a concussion and is expected to start Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite Fleury’s lengthy absence, the Golden Knights managed to cope with a revolving door of goalies, several of whom were also sidelined at times by injury. Should Fleury remain healthy for the rest of the season and quickly regain his form he’ll give Vegas invaluable veteran stability in the crease. 

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets could be without defenseman Dustin Byfuglien (lower-body injury) when they face off tonight against the Vancouver Canucks. 

 CBS SPORTS: New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey was placed on IR with an upper-body injury. 

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: With forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Jakob Silfverberg returning to action, the Anaheim Ducks placed forward Jared Boll on waivers. 

TSN: Ottawa Senators forward Alex Burrows was fined $5,000.00 for roughing after striking San Jose Sharks blueliner Dylan DeMelo in the face with his stick. DeMelo was fortunate to avoid a serious eye injury. 

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers intend to retire No. 37 in honor of founder and former owner H. Wayne Huizenga.

NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders and New York City FC unveiled their competing bids for the Belmont Park redevelopment plan. The Isles want to turn it into a year-round sports center.