NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 7, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 7, 2019

Joe Thornton returns with the Sharks, the Blackhawks re-sign Brendan Perlini, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NBC SPORTS BAY AREA: The San Jose Sharks yesterday announced Joe Thornton will return on a one-year, $2-million contract.

Joe Thornton returns for a 15th season with the San Jose Sharks (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No one’s surprised by this news. Indeed, it was expected the 40-year-old Thornton would return for a 15th season with the Sharks.

No details yet if this is a bonus-laden deal or a straightforward $2 million. Nevertheless, it’s an affordable deal for the Sharks, leaving them with over $2.6 million in salary-cap space (stick tap to Cap Friendly) for the upcoming season.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks re-signed forward Brendan Perlini to a one-year contract worth just over $875K.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As the Sun-Times noted, Perlini’s a streaky scorer but improved after joining the Blackhawks in a trade from Arizona last season. Perhaps he’ll find more consistency playing a full season with the Hawks, who have over $2.4 million in cap space for this season.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers center Kyle Brodziak is expected to be on long-term injury reserve this season. A nagging back injury prevented him from training this summer and could sideline him for the entire 2019-20 campaign.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON: Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs has passed ownership of the club to his six children. The transfer apparently took place earlier this year. In the past decade, Jacobs has taken a more hands-off approach to the club, allowing team president Cam Neely room to operate the hockey and business side of the franchise.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cynical fans assume this transfer changes nothing over how the club is run. I disagree.

For decades, Jacobs ran this team with an iron hand. Fans complained about the steady departure of its best players because ownership and management were unwilling to spend to retain its best players. That’s no longer the case and a big reason why the Bruins spent most of this decade among the league’s top franchises.