Eakins, Ducks Deserve Credit for Hot Start, But NHL Reality Check Is At Hand

Eakins, Ducks Deserve Credit for Hot Start, But NHL Reality Check Is At Hand


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 17, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 17, 2019

The Capitals re-sign Carl Hagelin, the Ducks hire Dallas Eakins as their head coach, the latest on P.K. Subban, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NBC WASHINGTON: The Capitals yesterday re-signed winger Carl Hagelin to a four-year, $11-million contract extension. Hagelin, 30, was slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. 

Washington Capitals re-sign winger Carl Hagelin (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Acquired days before the February trade deadline, he proved to be a solid addition to the Capitals. Hagelin collected 14 points in 20 regular-season games and provided a welcome boost to their penalty kill. The contract term is a little long but the annual average value is an affordable $2.75 million. 

Cap Friendly indicates the Capitals now have just over $10.7 million in projected cap space for 2019-20. That complicates efforts to re-sign forwards Jakub Vrana, Brett Connolly, and Andre Burakovsky. I’ll have more on this later this morning in the rumors section. 

LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: The Anaheim Ducks are expected to name Dallas Eakins as their new head coach as soon as today or Tuesday. A former head coach with the Edmonton Oilers, Eakins spent the past four seasons coaching the Ducks’ AHL affiliate in San Diego. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As the report indicates, Eakins was the favorite for the job all along. His work with their farm club earned him a return gig to the NHL. 

NBC SPORTS: Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban “cut a promo” with actor/former pro wrestling star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on the set of his HBO series “Ballers.” 

SPORTSNET: As discussions on a new collective bargaining agreement continue between the NHL and NHLPA, escrow remains the top concern for the players. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Escrow isn’t going anywhere and the players understand this. What they want is a system of calculation that doesn’t fluctuate as wildly and claws back as much from their salaries.

Adjustments, however, will affect the 50-50 split of hockey-related revenues between the team owners and the players. That will have to be addressed before a new agreement can be reached.