NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 5, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 5, 2018

Latest on the Leafs, an update on Boone Jenner, Jared Boll retires and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

SPORTSNET: Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas doesn’t believe his club’s recent signing of John Tavares will affect efforts to re-sign young stars Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander.

Asked if the Leafs can afford to keep all four during a recent interview with Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek, Dubas replied, “We can, and we will.” Nylander is a restricted free agent, while Matthews and Marner are both entering the final season of their entry-level contracts. 

Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas is confident his club can afford John Tavares, Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner & William Nylander (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As per Cap Friendly, the Leafs have just over $16 million in projected salary-cap space for 2018-19.

That’s more than enough to re-sign Nylander for perhaps between $5 – $6 million annually and leave enough to fill their remaining five roster spots, including perhaps a top-four defenseman via trade. Depending on how much they invest in contracts that stretch beyond 2019-20, they’ll have enough to re-sign Matthews and Marner.

However, as I pointed out in a recent Featurd.io article, the cost of re-signing them might leave limited cap space next summer to replace or re-sign unrestricted free agent defensemen Ron Hainsey and Jake Gardiner, or to address any roster weaknesses that should crop up over the next year. 

THE ATHLETIC’s Aaron Portzline reports the Columbus Blue Jackets are closing in on a new four-year contract for restricted free agent forward Boone Jenner. 

Portzline also profiles former Blue Jackets enforcer Jared Boll, who announced his retirement following 11 NHL seasons.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Boll spent nine of those seasons with the Blue Jackets, followed by two with the Anaheim Ducks. In 579 NHL games, he scored 28 goals, 66 points and amassed 1,298 PIMs.

NBC SPORTS: Former NHL players Nathan Oystrick is the new head coach of the Humboldt Broncos. He takes over the role formerly filled by the late Darcy Haugan, who died in a bus crash in April that killed 16 people and injured 13.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Osytrick spent three seasons in the NHL with the Atlanta Thrashers, Anaheim Ducks and St. Louis Blues.