NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 12, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 12, 2019

Phil Kessel sparks a surge in Coyotes ticket sales, the latest contract signings, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Coyotes’ recent acquisition of Phil Kessel sparked a 600 percent surge in tickets sales for the week following the trade compared to the same week a year ago. That included a 550 percent spike in season-ticket sale. 

After acquiring Phil Kessel, the Arizona Coyotes saw a spike in ticket sales (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s been years since the Coyotes had an established sniper like Kessel. They’re hoping he’ll provide a much-needed scoring boost that propels them into the playoffs for the first time since 2012. If he does, the Coyotes can expect a healthier surge in season-ticket sales next summer. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens yesterday avoided salary arbitration with forwards Joel Armia and Artturi Lehkonen, signing each to two-year contracts. Armia’s deal is worth $5.2 million ($2.6-million annual average value) while Lehkonen’s is worth $4.8 million ($2.4 million AAV). The Habs now have over $4.84 million in cap space. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Habs still have plenty of wiggle room if they want to bolster their left-side defense or bring in another scoring forward via trade. They could also make another depth signing via free agency. 

SPORTSDAY: The Dallas Stars re-signed center Jason Dickinson to a two-year, $3-million contract. 

NBC SPORTS: The San Jose Sharks re-signed centers Dylan Gambrell and Antti Suomela. Gambrell got a two-year deal and Suomela one year. Each have an annual average value of $700K. Gambrell’s deal is a two-way in the first year and one-way in the second. 

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks signed defenseman Michael Del Zotto to a one-year, $750K contract. 

VANCOUVER SUN: Alex Burrows will join the Canucks’ Ring of Honour on December 3. He spent 12 seasons in Vancouver. 

NBC SPORTS: Paul Holmgren is no longer the team president of the Philadelphia Flyers. He’s now a senior advisor to Comcast Spectacor chairman and CEO Dave Scott. General manager Chuck Fletcher takes over from Holmgren as president. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers hired Tyler Wright as their new director of amateur scouting. Wright held the same position with the Detroit Red Wings. Archie Henderson was also hired to be their new director of pro scouting. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 5, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 5, 2018

Game recaps, Filip Forsberg receives three-game suspension plus updates on Bobby Ryan, Zdeno Chara and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury picked up his 390th career victory (Photo via NHL Images).

 NHL.COM: Third-period goals by Reilly Smith and Alex Tuch lifted the Vegas Golden Knights to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals. Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury collected his 390th career victory, moving past Dominik Hasek into 13th overall on the NHL all-time wins lists. 

The Montreal Canadiens won consecutive games for the first time since mid-January by defeating the Ottawa Senators 4-1. Artturi Lehkonen scored twice while Tomas Plekanec picked up his 600th career NHL points. The Senators were playing without winger Bobby Ryan, who’s sidelined indefinitely with a hand injury. 

Brent Burns scored a goal and set up another as the San Jose Sharks downed the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1. 

THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg received a three-game suspension for interference on New York Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey during Saturday’s game. Forsberg was not penalized on the play as Vesey suffered an upper-body injury.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON: Bruins captain Zdeno Chara played in his 1,400th NHL game during Boston’s 4-1 victory on Saturday over the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: By the sound of things, Chara will have an opportunity to add to that total with Boston after this season. It’s believed the 40-year-old blueliner, who’s due to become an unrestricted free agent in July, could re-sign with the Bruins. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: As most of the Blackhawks’ veteran core withers this season, younger players such as Nick Schmaltz, Vinnie Hinostroza and Alex DeBrincat are carrying more of the load. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Blackhawks sitting five points out of a wild-card spot in the Western Conference, there’s no season-saving deal coming at the trade deadline. Management should put its focus on building up with the young players already on the roster and adding more if possible during the offseason.