NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 17, 2017
Updates on John Tortorella, Brandon Pirri and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets could end up paying head coach John Tortorella $3.5 million (or more) per season to re-sign him. Agent Neil Glasberg, who represents Tortorella, believes his client should be among the NHL’s highest-paid bench bosses, citing his Jack Adams Award win this year and his role in guiding the Jackets to their best season in franchise history.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jackets got Tortorella on the cheap when they hired him in October 2015. They’re paying only $750K of the $2 million annual salary he’s currently earning on the five-year contract he originally signed with the Vancouver Canucks. It will cost them much more to keep him behind the bench.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Speaking of head coaches, this summer saw a number of rookies getting hired by several clubs. The first timers include Rick Tocchet (Arizona), Phil Housley (Buffalo), Bob Boughner (Florida) and Vancouver (Travis Green). The four are also former players who moved on to become assistant coaches at the NHL level or head coaches in the minors.
UPDATE: Tocchet in fact was a head coach with the Lightning, first on an interim basis in 2008 and later became their full-time bench boss in 2009. He was relieved of his duties a year later.
SWISSHOCKEY NEWS: Former New York Rangers forward Brandon Pirri has reportedly joined the ZSC Lions. He would be the second former Blueshirt to sign with the Lions, following defenseman Kevin Klein.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers signed defenseman Dillon Simpson to a one-year, two-way contract worth $675K at the NHL leve, . The 24-year-old, who played three games with the Oilers last season, is the son of hockey analyst and former Edmonton forward Craig Simpson.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Legendary sportscaster Bob Wolff passed away Sunday at age 96. “He was a broadcaster at Madison Square Garden for more than 50 years, calling Rangers and Knicks games.” He also holds the record for the longest sportscasting career,
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Wolff’s family and friends.