NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 22, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 22, 2018

Updates on Corey Crawford, Jacob Trouba, Patrick Eaves and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: All eyes will be upon Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford at next Friday’s Hawks fan convention. It’ll mark the first time Crawford will speak publicly since Feb. 12. He missed most of last season with an unspecified upper-body injury, which some believe is concussion-related. 

Chicago Blackhawks playoff hopes rest with a healthy Corey Crawford (Photo via NHL Images).

 SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blackhawks’ playoff hopes rest heavily upon a healthy Crawford regaining his form throughout 2018-19. That’s also why they signed former Carolina Hurricanes’ starting goalie Cam Ward as his backup.

SPORTSNET: cites a report by the Winnipeg Free Press’ Mike McIntyre saying he was told the arbitration hearing between the Jets and defenseman Jacob Trouba was “a marathon affair. Began at 9 am eastern time and didn’t end until 2:30 pm. There were breaks, but that’s a long one.”

Barring a last-minute agreement between the two side, an arbiter decision on a one-year contract will be released today.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A one-year arbitration award for Trouba will ensure that questions over his future in Winnipeg persist throughout the upcoming season. 

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray expects forward Patrick Eaves will suit up for 2018-19 after missing all but two games last season to a condition that was originally diagnosed as Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the nervous system. It was subsequently discovered Eaves suffered from post-viral syndrome. 

Murray was less certain about the status of center Ryan Kesler, who was limited to 44 games last season following offseason hip surgery. There’s speculation he could sit out the season to rehab his hip. He noted Kesler claims he’s fine. 

The Ducks also revealed their third jersey for their 25th anniversary. “The jersey is a mash-up of the past and the present, incorporating the old-school Mighty Ducks crest, plus the eggplant, jade silver and white from their inaugural 1993-94 season with some of the current touches.”



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 21, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 21, 2018

Wild avoid arbitration with Matt Dumba, updates on Jacob Trouba and Dylan Larkin plus the latest notable contract signings in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

Minnesota Wild re-sign defenseman Matt Dumba to a five-year contract (Photo via NHL Images).

THE ATHLETIC’s Michael Russo cites Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reporting the Minnesota Wild have avoided salary arbitration with defenseman Matt Dumba, signing him to a five-year, $30-million contract. The annual average value is $6 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As per Cap Friendly, Dumba is completing a two-year contract worth $5.1 million. His new deal is worth more in its first season that the entirety of his previous one. 

This was Wild general manager Paul Fenton’s first major contract signing since taking over the job in May. Based on Dumba’s breakout performance last season (50 points in 82 games), Fenton apparently believes the 23-year-old has arrived as a productive offensive blueliner.

Despite Dumba’s obvious offensive skills, his defensive play has raised concern in the past. That explains the early criticism of this deal. If he improves over time in his own zone, however, those critics could find his new contract worthwhile. 

Dumba’s new contract will push the Wild’s projected cap payroll to over $75.5 million  for 2018-19. That won’t leave much for free-agent winger Jason Zucker, whose arbitration hearing is July 28. 

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The arbitration hearing for Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba was held on Friday. He and the club now await the arbiter’s decision on a one-year contract, which is expected on Sunday. The Jets reportedly sought $4 million while the Trouba camp wanted $7 million. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s still possible for the two sides to reach an agreement on a contract before the arbiter’s ruling. In this case, however, that might not happen. I’ll have more on Trouba’s status later this morning in the Rumors section. 

MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings are working toward a new, long-term contract with forward Dylan Larkin. The Wings reportedly seek a five-year deal while Larkin wants six years. It’s expected the annual average value will be in the $6-million range.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Doesn’t sound like the two sides are very apart here. Larkin’s new contract could be announced within the next several weeks. 

TSN: The Vancouver Canucks avoided arbitration with defenseman Troy Stecher, inking him to a two-year contract worth an annual average value of $2.325 million. 

CALGARY SUN: The Flames appear headed to arbitration Monday with defenseman Brett Kulak after he passed unclaimed through waivers on Friday. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 20, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 20, 2018

Latest on Mike Hoffman and Chris Chelios plus the latest notable contract signings and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

Mike Hoffman’s fiancee has sworn an affidavit denying cyberbullying accusations. (Photo via NHL Images)

  OTTAWA SUN: Monika Caryk, fiancee of former Senators forward Mike Hoffman, is seeking the disclosure of cyberbullying allegations levied against her by Melinda Karlsson, wife of Senators captain Erik Karlsson.

Caryk swore out an affidavit in Toronto on July 12 denying the allegations, maintaining her innocence and desire to help the Karlssons discover who actually did this. Hoffman was traded last month to the Florida Panthers in a three-team deal. 

THE DETROIT NEWS: Hall-of-Famer Chris Chelios is leaving the Detroit Red Wings organization to return to his hometown of Chicago to be closer to his aging mother. He spent two seasons (2014-2016) as an assistant coach and had since served as a team ambassador and special adviser.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets avoided salary arbitration with forward Adam Lowry, signing him to a three-year, $8.75-million contract. 

NBC SPORTS: The Washington Capitals re-signed defenseman Madison Bowey to a two-year deal worth an annual average value of $1 million. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins signed unrestricted free agent center Derek Grant to a one-year, $650K contract. 

CALGARY SUN: The Flames placed restricted free agent defenseman Brett Kulak on waivers. He’s slated for an arbitration hearing on July 23.

If unclaimed, this tactic could buttress the Flames’ case that his value isn’t as high as his salary demands, which are currently unknown. Kulak earned over $650K at the NHL level on his previous contract. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights and the U.S. Army have reached an agreement that will allow the franchise to use its nickname. The Army has a parachute team also known as the Golden Knights. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 29, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 29, 2017

Philadelphia Flyers to retire Eric Lindros’ No. 88.

Hall of Famers Eric Lindros & Jean Ratelle to have their numbers retired. Details & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

CSN PHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers will retire Eric Lindros’ No. 88 in a ceremony on Jan. 18 at the Wells Fargo Center prior to their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Lindros spent eight of his 13 NHL seasons with the Flyers (1992-93 to 1999-2000) and had his best years in Philadelphia. 

NEW YORK POST: The New York Rangers will retire Jean Ratelle’s No. 19 in a pregame ceremony at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 25 against the Detroit Red Wings. Ratelle played for the Rangers from 1960 to 1975 and is the club’s third-leading all time scorer (817 points). In 1975, he was traded to the Boston Bruins, playing for them until his retirement in 1981. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Well deserved honors for both Hall of Famers, and long overdue in Ratelle’s case. 

CALGARY SUN: The Flames signed defenseman Brett Kulak to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650K at the NHL level.

SPORTSNET: Russian winger Danis Zaripov has been cleared to pursue an NHL contract. He was banned by the KHL and the International Ice Hockey Federation for doping, but wouldn’t have been banned under NHL rules. He also wasn’t allowed to testify at the hearing for his initial ban. Zaripov is appealing his IIHF ban and agreed to additional drug testing if he signs an NHL contract. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It appears the offending drug Zaripov is accused of using is pseudoephedrine, which is a nasal decongestant. In large doses, however, it can be a stimulant. The Vegas Golden Knights and New York Rangers are rumored to be among the clubs that could pursue him. 

WGR 550: Seven  Buffalo Sabres will have new numbers for the upcoming season.