NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 7, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 7, 2018

Only four players were awarded contracts via arbitration this summer, Jeff Skinner thanks Hurricanes fans plus updates on the Capitals, Flyers and Golden Knights in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

SPORTSNET: Of this year’s 44 arbitration cases, 40 were settled before their scheduled hearings. Calgary’s Brett Kulak, Dallas’ Gemel Smith, Ottawa’s Cody Ceci and Winnipeg’s Jacob Trouba were the four players awarded new contracts by an arbitrator.

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba was one of only four players to receive a new contract via arbitration this summer. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Most players filing for arbitration end up reaching agreements with their clubs on new deals before their hearings. Of these four, the futures of Ceci and Trouba could come under scrutinty next summer. Both are once again slated to become restricted free agents with arbitration rights next summer.

If the Senators trade Erik Karlsson or he departs next July as an unrestricted free agent they could be keen to re-sign Ceci to a long-term deal. Trouba’s future with the Jets remains uncertain. The Jets could face a salary-cap crunch with forwards Blake Wheeler, Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor due significant raises next summer.  

THE BUFFALO NEWS: New Sabres left wing Jeff Skinner took to Twitter to thank the Carolina Hurricanes and their fans for their support during his eight seasons with the franchise. The Hurricanes traded Skinner last week to the Sabres.

NBC SPORTS WASHINGTON: The Capitals announced Scott Arniel and Reid Cashman were hired as assistant coaches.

NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: Flyers general manager Ron Hextall explains why fewer NHL goaltenders have played 70 games in a season over the past decade. Parity among teams today means games are more competitive and physically demanding, requiring teams to employ their backups more often to share more of the workload with their starting goalies. “You saw what happened to Montreal when (Carey) Price went down, and you need two guys,” he said. “It’s a load and it’s a partnership.”

LAS VEGAS SUN: With no NHL teams in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming or Montana, Golden Knights owner Bill Foley hopes his club can fill that void and become the “team of the Rockies”.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 13, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 13, 2018

Blackhawks ship Marian Hossa’s contract to the Coyotes in a multi-player deal, Jets re-sign Connor Hellebuyck, this summer’s salary-arbitration schedule and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

ARIZONA SPORTS:  The Arizona Coyotes yesterday acquired the contract of right wing Marian Hossa from the Chicago Blackhawks. They also received center Vinnie Hinostroza, defenseman Jordan Oesterle and a 2019 third-round pick from the Blackhawks in exchange for  center Marcus Kruger, Mackenzie Entwistle (Arizona’s 69th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft), prospects Jordan Maletta and Andrew Campbell, and a 2019 fifth-round pick to Chicago.

Chicago Blackhawks ship Marian Hossa’s contract to Arizona Coyotes in a multi-player trade (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Once again, the Coyotes use their cap space to take on another team’s bad contract while also picking up some young assets in the deal. Hossa is as good as retired due to a skin condition. While his cap hit is $5.275-million per season through 2020-21, his actual salary is $1 million annually over the remainder of the deal. The Coyotes intend to place him on LTIR, meaning insurance will pick up $800K of his actual salary.

While the Blackhawks are getting back some assets in this deal, it remains a salary dump on their part. Cap Friendly indicates this move gives them $9.3 million in projected salary-cap space for 2018-19, providing room to perhaps make other moves in the coming weeks. I’ll have more on that later this morning in today’s Rumors section.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets yesterday avoided salary arbitration with goaltender Connor Hellebuyck by re-signing him to a six-year, $37-million contract. The annual average value is over $6.16 million, making the 25-year-old the sixth-highest paid goaltender in the league.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hellebucyk had a breakout performance last season. He was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, carrying the Jets to the Western Conference Final for the first time in franchise history. It’ll be money well spent by the Jets if he maintains or exceeds his 2017-18 effort over the course of his new contract.

NHLPA.COM: The 2018 NHL salary-arbitration schedule was released yesterday. Among the notables are Winnipeg’s Jacob Trouba (July 20), Minnesota’s Matt Dumba (July 23) and Jason Zucker (July 28), Anaheim’s Brandon Montour (July 24), Ottawa’s Mark Stone (Aug. 3) and Vegas’ William Karlsson (Aug. 4). 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins avoided salary arbitration with defenseman Jamie Oleksiak as he inked a three-year deal worth just over $2.137 million per season. 

EDMONTON SUN: Given the Oilers’ limited cap space ($4.98 million), defenseman Darnell Nurse could get a two-year bridge deal. 

NEW YORK POST: The Rangers signed forward Cody McLeod to a one-year, $750K contract. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes signed forward Lucas Wallmark to a two-year, two-way contract. 

WGR 550: The Buffalo Sabres signed forward Sean Malone to a one-year, two-way deal. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens have invited former NHL defenseman Simon Despres to training camp on a professional tryout basis. He spent 193 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Anaheim Ducks. Despres spent last season in the Kontinental Hockey League with Bratislava Slovan.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 6, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 6, 2018

Forty-four players elect arbitration, Shea Weber sidelined by knee injury, latest contract signings, the date for next season’s trade deadline and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHLPA: Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck and defenseman Jacob Trouba, Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson, Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone and Minnesota Wild winger Jason Zucker and blueliner Matt Dumba were among the forty-four players who elected salary arbitration yesterday.  The deadline for club-elected arbitration is 5 pm ET today. The arbitration period runs from July 20 to August 4 in Toronto. The complete list is below:

Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson was among 44 NHL players to file for salary arbitration (Photo via NHL Images)

Anaheim Ducks

Brandon Montour

Calgary Flames

Garnet Hathaway

Mark Jankowski

Brett Kulak

Elias Lindholm

David Rittich

Carolina Hurricanes

*Trevor van Riemsdyk

Player/Club settled on a contract 07/05/18

Colorado Avalanche

Patrik Nemeth

Matt Nieto

Dallas Stars

Mattias Janmark

Devin Shore

Gemel Smith

Florida Panthers

MacKenzie Weegar

Minnesota Wild

Mathew Dumba

Jason Zucker

Montreal Canadiens

Joel Armia

Phillip Danault

Nashville Predators

Miikka Salomaki

New Jersey Devils

Blake Coleman

Stefan Noesen

New York Islanders

Brock Nelson

New York Rangers

Kevin Hayes

Brady Skjei

Ryan Spooner

Jimmy Vesey

Ottawa Senators

Cody Ceci

Mark Stone

Philadelphia Flyers

Taylor Leier

Alex Lyon

Pittsburgh Penguins

Jamie Oleksiak

San Jose Sharks

Chris Tierney

St. Louis Blues

Joel Edmundson

Dmitrij Jaskin

Oskar Sundqvist

Vancouver Canucks

Troy Stecher

Vegas Golden Knights

William Karlsson

Colin Miller

Tomas Nosek

Washington Capitals

Liam O’Brien

Winnipeg Jets

Marko Dano

Connor Hellebuyck

Adam Lowry

Brandon Tanev

Jacob Trouba

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bear in mind that players who file for arbitration usually end up re-signing with their respective clubs before their hearings. Case in point….

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Shortly after filing for salary arbitration, Trevor van Riemsdyk agreed to a two-year, $4.6-million contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens received bad news yesterday, as defenseman Shea Weber underwent surgery to repair a meniscal tear in his right knee. He’ll be sidelined five-to-six months.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: And with that, the Canadiens odds for reaching the 2019 playoffs just got longer. Weber is their top defenseman and missed half of last season to injuries, which contributed to the Habs missing the postseason for the second time in three years. 

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets yesterday re-signed forward Boone Jenner to a four-year, $15-million contract. They also signed unrestricted free agent winger Anthony Duclair to a one-year, $650k deal and named former NHL goaltender Manny Legace as their new goalie coach.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: The Red Wings re-signed winger Andreas Athanasiou to a two-year, $6-million deal.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Anaheim Ducks signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Andrej Sustr to a one-year contract worth $1.3 million.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning agreed to a one-year, $1-million contract with forward Cedric Paquette.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens re-signed forward Jacob de la Rose to a two-year, $1.8-million deal.

NHL.COM: The St. Louis Blues inked UFA forward Jordan Nolan to a one-year, two-way contract. Cap Friendly indicates he’ll receive $650K at the NHL level.

NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders hired Lane Lambert as their top assistant coach.



NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 7, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 7, 2017

Ondrej Palat (left) and Tyler Johnson were among the notables to re-sign with their clubs before their slated arbitration hearings this summer.

Results of this year’s salary arbitration plus latest on Sidney Crosby & Patrick Kane in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

SPORTSNET: compiled a list of the results of this year’s recently completed NHL salary arbitration period. Of the 30 players who filed for arbitration, only two (Detroit’s Tomas Tatar and Vegas’ Nate Schmidt) went through hearings and only one (Schmidt) was awarded a contract by an arbiter. 28 re-signed with their respective teams before their slated hearings. Tatar and the Red Wings agreed to a deal before an arbiter could reach a decision.

Among the notables who re-signed were Tatar (four years with a $5.3 million annual average value), Minnesota’s Nino Niederreiter (five years at $5.25 million) and Mikael Granlund (three years at $5.75 million), Montreal Alex Galchenyuk (three years at $4.9 million), Nashville’s Viktor Arvidsson (seven years at $4.25 million), New York Rangers Mika Zibanejad (five years at $5.35 million), Pittsburgh’s Brian Dumoulin (six years at $4.1 million), St. Louis’ Colton Parayko (five years at $5.5 million) and Tampa Bay’s Tyler Johnson (seven years at $5 million) and Ondrej Palat (five years at $5.3 million).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Another arbitration period passes without any drama. When players file for arbitration it rarely sets up a showdown with their clubs. They’re simply establishing deadlines to get contracts hammered out and avoiding talks dragging on throughout the summer.

TORONTO SUN: Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby spent Sunday in Halifax visiting a children’s hospital and a veterans retirement home with the Stanley Cup. He’ll celebrate his 30th birthday today by parading the Cup through his hometown of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia and Rimouski, Quebec. The latter is where Crosby played his junior hockey. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks star Patrick Kane’s team dropped a 14-12 decision to teammate Vinnie Hinostroza’s team during the inaugural Chicago Hockey Charity Classic. The game and silent auction raised over $130,000, surpassing the goal of $100,000. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 30, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 30, 2017

Minnesota Wild forward Nino Niedereiter and Mikael Granlund are the notable players facing salary arbitration hearings this week.

This week’s arbitration dates, Stars to host 2018 Draft & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHLPA.COM: This week is the final one for this summer’s NHL salary arbitration hearings. The notables include Minnesota Wild forwards Nino Niederreiter (Aug.3) and Mikael Granlund (Aug. 4), Pittsburgh Penguins forward Conor Sheary (Aug. 4), New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (Aug. 2) Buffalo Sabres blueliner Nathan Beaulieu (Aug. 4) and Vegas Golden Knights rearguard Nate Schmidt (Aug. 3). 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: So far, only one arbitration hearing was held and that was Detroit’s Tomas Tatar, who agreed to a new contract with the Red Wings before the arbiter’s decision was reached. Don’t be surprised if the aforementioned players end up re-signing with their respective teams before their scheduled hearings. 

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: For the first time in NHL history, the annual draft will be held in Texas. It was announced yesterday that the Dallas Stars will host the 2018 NHL Draft on June 22-23, 2018. 

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets are reaping the rewards from the best season in franchise history. The season-ticket base has risen by more than 1,000 fans to above 10,000. Their season-ticket renewals are at an all-time high (96 percent) and corporate partnerships are strengthening.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After years of mediocrity, the Jackets have finally given their fans something worth supporting. With their depth in promising young talent, they are in good position to build upon last season’s success. 

SPORTSNET: Former Quebec Nordiques coach and general manager Maurice Filion passed away Friday at the age of 85. He built the Nords into a WHA champion and transitioned with them in 1979 to the NHL. He drafted Michel Goulet and Dale Hunter and was also there when the Stastny brothers joined the club following their defection from Czechoslovakia in 1981. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Filion’s family and friends. 


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 24, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 24, 2017

New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad is among several players slated for salary arbitration this week.

Salary arbitration update plus latest on Kris Letang, Carey Price & Jimmy Howard in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: This week’s list of salary arbitration hearings include Pittsburgh’s Brian Dumoulin and Nashville’s Austin Watson (July 24), the New York Rangers’ Mika Zibanejad (July 25), Boston’s Ryan Spooner (July 26) and Buffalo’s Robin Lehner (July 27).

SPORTSNET’s Elliotte Friedman reports Zibanejad seeks a one-year, $5.35 million contract, while the Rangers are offer a one-year, $4.1 million deal. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: So far, every player but one (Detroit’s Tomas Tatar) who filed for arbitration re-signed with their respective clubs before their scheduled hearings. Tatar and the Wings reached an agreement on a settlement following his hearing.

TSN: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang yesterday visited children at Montreal’s Ste-Justine hospital with the Stanley Cup. 

NBC SPORTS: The Montreal Canadiens could give backup goaltender Al Montoya more starts to avoid burning out starter Carey Price. 

The Detroit Red Wings hope to give Jimmy Howard 50-55 starts this coming season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A year ago, Howard’s time with the Wings seemed numbered as the Wings planned to transition toward Petr Mrazek as their starter. Howard, however, played very well before being sidelined by injury last season while Mrazek struggled in the stater’s job.