NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 24, 2019
The Golden Knights to re-sign William Karlsson, the NHL and NHLPA to stage another World Cup of Hockey, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
TSN: The Vegas Golden Knights will re-sign William Karlsson to a new contract this week. It’s expected the 26-year-old center’s new contract will be eight years with an annual average value of $5.9 million. Karlsson is slated to become a restricted free agent on July 1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports it was the contract term – eight years – that meant more to Karlsson than the money. He loves living and playing in Las Vegas and didn’t want to leave.
It’s a bit of a gamble by the Golden Knights, as Karlsson will be 34 when this deal expires and his performance could significantly decline in the final years of this contract. Nevertheless, it’s a decent cap hit, one that could be worthwhile if he keeps putting up the numbers (24 goals, 56 points) he did this season.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: David Schoen reports Golden Knights general manager Kelly McCrimmon isn’t concerned about his club sitting approximately $7.9 million over the $81.5-million salary cap for 2019-20.
While they failed to find any takers for all-but-retired David Clarkson’s contract ($5.25-million cap hit), defenseman Colin Miller ($3.875 million) reportedly remains on the trade block. Forwards Curtis McKenzie ($750,000) and Valentin Zykov ($675,000) could be placed on waivers.
“We’ve talked to teams all along,” McCrimmon said of potential trades. “I think all 31 teams have done that, and we’ll continue to do that. That’s just part of our business.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Golden Knights can sit over the cap by 10 percent during the off-season. They can also place Clarkson on long-term injury reserve if they can’t find any takers for that contract. Trading another player, however, appears more likely and could go down this week.
CBC.CA: The NHL and NHL Players Association are in favor of rebooting the World Cup of Hockey and staging it every four years. The PA would also like to participate in the Winter Olympics but the league remains non-committal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Olympic participation issue could become a stumbling block during the next round of formal collective bargaining between the two sides. However, I don’t consider this as a hill the PA wants to die on. They’re more concerned over escrow payments.
NHL.COM: The St. Louis Blues re-signed Jordan Nolan to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700K at the NHL level.
SPORTSNET: Ryan Dixon caught up with Patrik Stefan, the first overall pick in the 1999 NHL Draft.