NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 19, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 19, 2018

Updates on Alex Ovechkin and Jonathan Toews plus the latest notable contract signings in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was name Best Male Athlete at the 2018 ESPYs. (Photo via NHL Images)

  NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was named Best Male Athlete during the 2018 ESPYs on Wednesday. He’s the first NHL player to win the award. Ovechkin led the Capitals to their first Stanley Cup in franchise history this spring, earning the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is renowned for his physical two-way game, but he’s hoping to return to the more offensive style of his early-20s, when he was more of a skill player.

Now 30, Toews said he hopes to recapture “that energy, that motivation, that excitement and that mindset of a young player that just takes nothing for granted, that you had in your younger days.”

THE MERCURY NEWS: The San Jose Sharks avoided salary arbitration with forward Chris Tierney yesterday, signing him to a two-year contract worth an annual average value of over $2.93 million.

NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: The Flyers re-signed goaltender Anthony Stolarz to a one-year, two-way contract worth over $761K at the NHL level.

TSN: The Edmonton Oilers re-signed forward Josh Currie to a two-year contract. The 25-year-old Charlottetown native spent the past three seasons with the Oilers’ AHL affiliate in Bakersfield. Cap Friendly indicates the deal is worth an annual average value of $675K at the NHL level. 

NHL.COM: The New York Islanders announced the hiring of former Hamilton Bulldogs head coach John Gruden as an assistant coach.