NHL Rumor Mill – August 7, 2019

NHL Rumor Mill – August 7, 2019

Updates on Mitch Marner, Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, and more in today’s NHL rumor mill.


TSN: cites a recent report by The Athletic’s James Mirtle claiming the Toronto Maple Leafs offered Mitch Marcher between $9 million to roughly $11 million per season depending on the term. The club discussed three, six and seven-year deals with the Marner camp, who are reportedly uninterested in a maximum eight-year deal.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are said to have offered Mitch Marner between $9 and $11 million per season (Photo via NHL Images).

It’s believed Marner’s reps sought a deal comparable to teammate Auston Matthews’ five-year contract ($11.6 million annual average value). Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas recently said there was nothing new to report regarding negotiations with Marner but remained confident and optimistic.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The breakdowns for each contract was probably $11 million per season for seven years, somewhere around $10 million AAV for six years, and $9 million annually for three. My guess is the Marner camp will keep pushing for five years at close to $11 million AAV.


NHL.COM: Jone Lane wondered if the Boston Bruins can get restricted free agent defensemen Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo re-signed before training camp opens next month. He cited Bruins president Cam Neely recently telling NBC Sports the club has to plan and prepare for the possibility both might not report to camp on opening day.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cap Friendly indicates the Bruins have over $7.2 million in salary-cap space. Unless they can get both blueliners to accept affordable short-term bridge deals, management could be forced to a salaried player to make room for their new contracts. Defenseman Kevan Miller and forwards David Backes and Charlie Coyle have surfaced in the rumor mill as possible trade candidates.


NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: In a recent mailbag segment, J.J. Regan was asked how the Capitals intend to become salary-cap compliant before the start of the season. They currently sit over $1.3 million about the $81.5-million cap. He doesn’t rule out trading defenseman Christian Djoos ($1.25 million) but doubts they’ll go that route because they’ll get next to nothing in return. Regan instead thinks they’ll demote Chandler Stephenson ($1.05 million), as his salary for next season “comes just under the maximum cap relief cutoff for players in the AHL.”

THE ATHLETIC: In a recent mailbag segment, Sean Shapiro believes the Dallas Stars are still waiting for the best offer for defenseman Julius Honka. He thinks a fourth-round pick is a realistic return. However, clubs that could have interest in Honka might prefer to wait and see if they can pick him up off the waiver wire in October.

2019 Summer NHL Arbitration Update

2019 Summer NHL Arbitration Update


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 25, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 25, 2019

Sergei Bobrovsky explains why he left the Blue Jackets, the latest contract signings, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

TSN: cited Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky telling Russia’s Sport 24 why he left the Columbus Blue Jackets via free agency after seven seasons. He cited discord between himself and the club that started following their first-round elimination in the 2018 playoffs and continued throughout last season.

Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky explained why he left the Columbus Blue Jackets after seven seasons (Photo via NHL Images).

Bobrovsky said there was more to it than just the tensions within the club, adding he felt he needed a change of scenery. Despite the club’s constant efforts to re-sign the goalie, he said there was “no chance” he’d sign an extension with them.

“I was suspended by the team, there were some conflicts in the team, a lot of meetings and some of them just because of me,” he said, adding that he didn’t feel comfortable. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bobrovsky merely confirmed the discord that was rumored throughout last season. Those conflicts he alluded to were highlighted by his one-game suspension by the team for not returning to the bench after being pulled from a mid-season contest. 

CALGARY SUN: The Flames avoided arbitration with Sam Bennett, re-signing the 23-year-old forward to a two-year contract worth $2.25-million annually. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a cost-effective deal for the Flames, who need all the cap space they can get with Matthew Tkachuk, David Rittich, and Andrew Mangiapane to re-sign. Cap Friendly indicates they have over $7.4 million in cap room and it’ll take more than that to sign Tkachuk. A salary-dumping trade before the start of the season seems likely, especially after Rittich gets his new contract. His arbitration hearing is slated for July 29. 

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs announced seven contract signings yesterday. None of them involved Mitch Marner. The players brought in were forwards Pontus Aberg, Kenny Agostino, Tyler Gaudet, Kalle Kossila, Nick Shore and Garrett Wilson, and defenceman Kevin Gravel.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some of these signings, such as Agostino, Shore and Wilson, were previously reported. The Leafs now sit above the $81.5 million cap by over $2.1 million. Most of those players, perhaps all of them, will likely spend this season in the minors. 

NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: Capitals defenseman Christian Djoos received a one-year, $1.25-million contract via arbitration. The Capitals accepted the arbiter’s decision. 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Over the weekend, Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford married his long-time girlfriend Kristy Muscolino.

THE TENNESSEAN: Predators captain Roman Josi also got married last weekend, tying the knot with model Ellie Ottaway.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My congratulations to the happy couples. 

STLTODAY.COM: The Blues hired former Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard as an assistant coach. His responsibilities will be the club’s special teams, especially the power play. 

THE AHL.COM: Former NHL winger Matt Moulson signed a one-year contract with the Hershey Bears. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 16, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 16, 2017

Game recaps plus updates on Auston Matthews, Joe Thornton, Jeff Carter & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Anthony Mantha and Andreas Athanasiou each scored twice as the Detroit Red Wings thumped the Calgary Flames 8-2. Their efforts were overshadowed by a third-period line brawl in front of both benches after Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk jabbed Wings forward Luke Witkowski with his stick as Witkowski was being escorted to the dressing room following a fight with Brett Kulak.

Artem Anisimov’s first NHL hat trick powered the Chicago Blackhawks to a 6-3 victory over the New York Rangers, snapping the latter’s six-game winning streak. 

Josh Gibson’s kicked out 40 shots as the Anaheim Ducks doubled up the Boston Bruins 4-2. Josh Manson and Nick Ritchie each had a goal and an assist for the Ducks. The Bruins could get some help for their upcoming game against the Los Angeles Kings, as center David Krejci (possible back injury) could return to the lineup tonight. 

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (suspected back injury) could return to action tonight against the New Jersey Devils. Matthews missed the Leafs’ last three games. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Malcolm Subban (lower-body injury) is close to returning to action, possibly as soon as tonight’s game against the Vancouver Canucks. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Subban’s potential return would be good news for the injury-depleted Vegas goaltending. They’ve depleted their minor-league roster and are now down to WHL Kamloops Blazers’ netminder Dylan Ferguson. 

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets forward Mathieu Perreault (leg injury) has been activated off the injured reserve list. 


SPECTOR’S NOTE: The surprising strong play of rookie forwards Adrian Kempe and Alex Iafallo has offset the absence of Carter and Gaborik thus far. 

THE MERCURY NEWS: takes issue with the San Jose Sharks for playing coy over the health of center Joe Thornton. He missed “both of the Sharks practices this week after sitting out two last week and skating for a season-low 14 minutes Saturday night.” They were also misleading when discussing Thornton’s recovery earlier this year from offseason knee surgery. 

NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: Capitals defenseman Christian Djoos is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.


ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Arizona Coyotes are under investigation by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) over allegations the club “spied on staff, engaged in union busting and fired two employees who raised concerns about pay.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: We take you live to the Coyotes season thus far: