NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 3, 2017
Thornton officially returns to Sharks, Blackhawks trade Kruger to Vegas & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
THE MERCURY NEWS: Joe Thornton officially returned with the San Jose Sharks, signing a one-year deal worth $8 million. The deal wasn’t finalized until Sunday due of his willingness to accept less money if the Sharks also brought back Patrick Marleau, who ultimately joined the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Thornton will receive $1.25 million up front as a signing bonus. He also gets a full no-movement clause. He reportedly received interest from 17 teams but decided to stay where he was happy.
It’s an expensive salary for a 38-year-old center whose production declined last season and also suffered a knee injury. However, it’s only for a year and doesn’t give the Sharks any long-term salary-cap issues.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: In a much-anticipated cost-cutting move, the Chicago Blackhawks dealt center Marcus Kruger to the Vegas Golden Knights for future considerations.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Prior to moving Kruger’s $3.083 million cap hit, the Hawks were over the $75 million cap ceiling by around $2.1 million.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers general manager Ron Hextall has no interest in bringing right wing Jaromir Jagr back for another spin with the club.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning winger Ryan Callahan said he’s fully recovered from his hip issues and feels no limitations. He was limited to only 18 games last season.
STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues found their replacement for departed enforcer Ryan Reaves, signing Chris Thorburn to a two-year, $1.8 million contract.
CALGARY SUN: The Flames signed scrapper Luke Gazdic to a one-year, $650K contract.
NBC SPORTS: The Anaheim Ducks signed defenseman Steve Oleksy to a two-year contract and center Derek Grant to a one-year deal.