NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 10, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 10, 2017

The bulk of Montreal Canadiens’ goaltender Carey Price’s new contract will be paid as signing bonuses.

Updates on Carey Price, David Pastrnak, Ilya Kovalchuk & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

SPORTSNET: Sources revealed the financial breakdown of Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price’s new eight-year, $84-million contract. $70 million is being paid out as signing bonuses. There’s never a season where Price makes more than $2 million in base salary.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Price isn’t the only notable player to get the bulk of his salary in signing bonuses (hello there, Connor McDavid). Expect the hawks on the NHL side to close that loophole in the next round of collective bargaining in either 2020 or 2022, depending on whether the league or NHLPA decide to opt out of the current CBA in September 2019. 

CSNNE.COM: Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said talks are ongoing with restricted free agent winger David Pastrnak, though there’s no timetable to get him re-signed this summer. Sources suggests Pastrnak could get a deal just shy of what teammate Brad Marchand got (eight-year, $49 million) when he signed his new contract last fall. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pastrnak could receive an offer sheet from a rival club but that’s unlikely. The Bruins also have over $13 million in cap space and can easily match it. 

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Stars signed Miro Heiskanen to a three-year entry-level contract. Heiskanen, who turns 18 on July 18, was the Stars’ first-round pick (third overall) in this year’s NHL Draft. 

STARTRIBUNE.COM’s Michael Russo reports Minnesota Wild winger Kurtis Gabriel accepted his one-year, two-way qualifying offer. He’ll earn $715K at the NHL level

NBC SPORTS: Ilya Kovalchuk signed a one-year deal with St. Petersburg SKA. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The New Jersey Devils, who own Kovalchuk’s rights for 2017-18, reportedly attempted to do a sign-and-trade before July 1.  L.A. Lariviere of TVA Sports reports the Devils didn’t receive any trade offers. 

STLTODAY.COM:  A public outcry among Blues fans ensured popular hockey analyst Darren Pang received a new contract from Fox Sports Midwest.