NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 31, 2018
Jarome Iginla officially retires plus the latest notable contract signings and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
CALGARY SUN: Jarome Iginla made it official yesterday at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, announcing his retirement as an active player after a 20-year NHL career. He spent sixteen seasons with the Flames and nearly a decade as their captain. “I was very fortunate to have a very blessed career,” Iginla said.
Iginla is the Flames franchise leader in “goals (525), points (1,095), games played (1,219) and game-winning goals (83)”, and retires with 625 goals and 1,300 points in 1,554 regular-season games. Iginla led the Flames to the 2004 Stanley Cup Final and won gold medals with Canada at the World Juniors (1996), World Championships (1997), World Cup of Hockey (2004) and Olympics (2002 and 2010).
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Iginla retires as the greatest player in Flames history and one of the top power forwards in NHL history. He’s also among the most well-respected players. It was fitting that he made the announcement in Calgary, the city where he had his best seasons.Though he never won a Stanley Cup he’s a shoo-in as a first-ballot inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
TSN: Speaking of the Flames, they avoided arbitration with forward Garnet Hathaway to a one-year contract worth $850K.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Rangers avoided an arbitration hearing with center Kevin Hayes as the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth $5.125 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hayes will be eligible for unrestricted free agent status next summer. His new deal suggests this season could be his last with the Rangers.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators and defenseman Cody Ceci appear far apart as his arbitration hearing approaches on Wednesday. Ceci seeks $6 million per season while the Senators are offering $3.35-million annually. Ceci completed a two-year, $5.6-million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If this goes to arbitration Ceci’s new salary could be be around $4.75-million per season.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators avoided arbitration with Miikka Salomaki by agreeing to a two-year, $1.5-million deal.
TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild inked former Philadelphia Flyers winger Matt Read to a one-year, two-way contract. “He will make $650,000 at the NHL level and $200,000 at the AHL level.”
The Dallas Stars offered Gemel Smith a two-way deal in their salary arbitration filing. The player asked for a one-way deal at $900,000.
The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 30, 2018