NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 18, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 18, 2019

The salary cap could be lower than projected, plus the latest on the Bruins, Senators, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

TSN.CA: The NHL’s salary cap for 2019-20 could be lower than the projected $83 million. That could make life difficult for teams already facing limited cap space next season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Last year, the cap numbers for 2018-19 were announced on June 21. Next season’s totals should be released by this weekend at the latest. A lower-than-projected cap could force some teams to shed salary via trades or contract buyouts. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON: Several Bruins are undergoing surgeries to repair injuries suffered this season. They included captain Zdeno Chara (elbow) and John Moore (shoulder). Meanwhile, Noel Acciari (heel) and David Backes (undisclosed) will be following up with doctors to determine if they require surgery. 

It appears David Backes will return with the Boston Bruins next season (Photo via NHL Images).

Speaking of Backes, it doesn’t sound like he’ll be traded or bought out. General manager Don Sweeney indicated the veteran forward isn’t going anywhere

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators re-signed winger Anthony Duclair to a one-year, $1.65-million contract. They acquired Duclair from the Columbus Blue Jackets before the trade deadline as part of the return for Ryan Dzingel. They informed pending unrestricted free agent Magnus Paajarvi he won’t be re-signed. Contract negotiations continue with restricted free agent Cody Ceci. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After washing out with Arizona, Chicago, and Columbus, this could be Duclair’s last chance to get his NHL career back on track. 

With former Senator Erik Karlsson re-signing with the San Jose Sharks, Ottawa receives a 2021 draft pick from the Sharks. 

THE ATHLETIC’s Joe Smith reports the agent for Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman will be going through the UFA interview period. Smith suggests this doesn’t mean the Lightning are out of the running to sign him. 

CBS SPORTS: The Columbus Blue Jackets re-signed left winger Markus Hannikainen to a one-year, $735K contract.