NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 20, 2018
Salary cap could be over $79 million, the latest on Mike Hoffman, recent contract signings and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
TSN: Frank Seravalli reports the NHL salary cap for 2018-19 could come in between $79 million to $80 million, depending upon how much of a salary-cap inflator the NHLPA votes for later this week. The cap inflator can go as high as five percent but the PA membership could once again approve 1.35 percent, the same as last season. The escrow withholding from players’ salaries would be below 10 percent for the first time since 2011-12.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the PA approves the full five percent the cap ceiling would rise to around $82 million. However, it appears the players prefer lower escrow claw-backs from their salaries. As Seravalli notes, however, even with the lower inflator number the cap will make its biggest increase since 2013-14.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo and center Aleksander Barkov welcomed their club’s addition yesterday of winger Mike Hoffman, acquired yesterday as part of a three-team deal with the Ottawa Senators and San Jose Sharks. Despite the personal baggage dogging Hoffman in Ottawa regarding allegations of cyberbullying levied against his fiancee by Erik Karlsson’s wife, the players believe he’ll be a good fit.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not everyone agrees with this. Sun-Sentinel columnist Dave Hyde believes it’ll take more than GM Dale Tallon saying this lurid story about Hoffman’s fiancee is “in the past” to make it so. He feels this trade will either be seen as a smart trade for a scorer by a team in need of a lucky break or a desperate one other clubs wouldn’t make.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: The Red Wings won’t give forward Martin Frk a qualifying offer, making him eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Former Canadiens defenseman Sheldon Souray has been sober for nearly a year after seeking treatment last year for an addiction to painkillers. Souray admitted he had difficulty adjusting to life after his playing career ended.