NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 19, 2016

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 19, 2016

Calgary Flames reportedly close to re-signing center Sean Monahan.

Calgary Flames reportedly close to re-signing center Sean Monahan.

 Updates on Sean Monahan, Keith Yandle, Vladimir Sobotka & more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines. 

CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis cites a source claiming the Flames are on the verge of re-signing restricted free agent center Sean Monahan to a seven- or eight-year deal. Francis claims the deal could make Monahan “the highest-paid of all the high-profile young centres who’ve signed extensions to their entry-level deals this summer.” Those centres are “Florida’s Aleksander Barkov (six years, $35.5 million, $5.9 million annual average value)…Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele (8 years/$49 million, $6.125 AAV), Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon (7 years/$44.1 million, $6.3 AAV) and Nashville’s Filip Forsberg (6 years/$36 million, $6 million AAV)”.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Monahan’s new deal could be worth between $6.5 – $7 million per season. No word if Monahan’s teammate and fellow RFA Johnny Gaudreau is any closer to a new contract. He had better offensive stats than Monahan over the last two years and was among last season’s top-10 NHL scorers. Depending on what Monahan gets, I expect Gaudreau will receive more. 

MIAMI HERALD: Keith Yandle, the newest member of the Florida Panthers defense corps, is already settled into South Florida and working out in preparation for the upcoming season.

STLTODAY.COM: Despite a report out of Russia claiming forward Vladimir Sobotka is set to rejoin the KHL’s Avangard Omsk, St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong remains confident he’s returning to their lineup this season. Armstrong said he spoke yesterday with Sobotka’s agent, who said his client is still coming to St. Louis.

THE DENVER POST:  The Colorado Avalanche are about to interview candidates to fill their vacant head coach position. Among them are Jared Bodnar of the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters, “Washington Capitals assistant Lane Lambert, New York Rangers associate head coach Scott Arniel and another AHL coach, Travis Green of the Utica Comets.”

THE TENNESSEAN:  The Nashville Predators are exploring options to expand and improve Bridgestone Arena. 

CSN CHICAGO: Blackhawks tickets for the 2016-17 regular season go on sale Monday. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins signed former Washington Capitals prospect center Thomas DiPauli to an entry-level deal. 

TSN:  The NHL’s Las Vegas franchise named Murray Craven as their senior vice-president.