NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 5, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 5, 2018

Ducks re-sign John Gibson, Golden Knights avoid arbitration with William Karlsson. Details and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Anaheim Ducks had a lovely wedding gift for goaltender John Gibson on Saturday as he signed an eight-year contract, $51.2-million contract extension. The deal, which begins in 2019-20, carries an annual average value of $6.4 million. Cap Friendly indicates it also comes with a modified no-trade clause from 2021-22 through 2026-27. This deal will also make him the league’s fifth-highest paid goalie.

Anaheim Ducks re-sign goaltender John Gibson to an eight-year extension. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Ducks general manager Bob Murray said he and everyone in the Ducks’ organization believes in Gibson, who has a career record of 99 wins, 55 losses and 20 overtime losses, with a 2.29 goals-against average, a .923 save percentage with 16 shutouts.

While Murray points out the 25-year-old netminder is entering his prime, he’s also been hampered by injuries and his playoff stats (11-13 in 26 playoff appearances, a 2.80 GAA and .912 SP) aren’t as impressive as his regular-season numbers. If Gibson can avoid serious injury and can improve his postseason numbers over the course of his deal, it’ll be considered a wise investment by Murray. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights avoided salary arbitration with center William Karlsson by signing him to a one-year, $5.25-million contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A worthwhile agreement for both sides. Karlsson, the final player slated for an arbitration hearing this summer,  gets a hefty pay raise over last season’s $1 million salary after tallying a career-best 43 goals. Meanwhile, the Golden Knights aren’t on the hook for very long if he fails to replicate that remarkable performance.

Basically, this is a “show-me” contract. Karlsson will once again be a restricted free agent with arbitration rights next summer. If he proves he’s no one-year wonder in 2018-19, he’ll be in line for a lucrative long-term deal.

LIGHTHOUSE HOCKEY: Former New York Islanders forward Shane Prince has signed with HC Davos in Switzerland. 

THE STAR: Hockey analytics guru Rob Vollman says NHL teams still aren’t as invested in advanced stats. “I have had many, many discussions with many teams trying to persuade them to build an analytics department,” Vollman said. “It’s a tough battle.” The Toronto Maple Leafs are among the few clubs to have one. Vollman has published a book titled “Stat Shot: A Fan’s Guide to Hockey Analytics.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Overall, the NHL tends to approach new ideas with skepticism. It has a conservative mindset that is largely resistant to change. It’ll likely take a couple of teams with analytic departments like those suggested by Vollman to achieve significant on-ice success before other clubs begin emulating them.


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 15, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 15, 2017

Pittsburgh Penguins winger Phil Kessel trolls his critics.

Updates on Phil Kessel, Shane Prince, Dwight King and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins right wing Phil Kessel won the hockey internet yesterday by eating hot dogs out of the Stanley Cup yesterday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Revenge against your harshest critic is a dish best served in hot dog form from the Cup. 

NEWSDAY: New York Islanders center Shane Prince recently underwent ankle surgery and will be sidelined four-to-six months.

TSN: Former LA Kings and Montreal Canadiens forward Dwight King signed a two-year with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg of the KHL.


TORONTO STAR: The Toronto Maple Leafs placed defenseman Alexei Marchenko on unconditional waivers. He’ll be joining KHL team CSKA Moscow. The move would free up $1.45 million in salary-cap space for the Leafs .

NBC SPORTS: Nashville Predators goaltender Marek Mazanec signed a one-year deal with KHL club Slovan Bratislava.

SPORTSNET: NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly isn’t ruling out the possibility of an NHL franchise in Kansas City, but stressed market demographics and whether there’s qualified and interested ownership “remain a work in progress.”  Daly was responding to ESPN’s Dave Caldwell, who asked him about the interest expressed by Lamar Hunt Jr, owner of the ECHL’s Kansas City Mavericks a dnson of Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt, in bringing an NHL franchise to that city. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kansas City has an NHL-worthy venue in the 17,500 Spirit Center. Caldwell reported Hunt didn’t get into the bidding for an expansion club two years ago because he wasn’t happy with the $500 million expansion fee. If an existing NHL franchise is to be moved, however, Kansas City, could remain a viable destination.