NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 8, 2012.

Hurricanes on the verge of re-signing Jeff Skinner, Flyers Andrej Meszaros sidelined by tendon tear, updates on Marian Gaborik, Ryan O’Reilly and Tomas Holmstrom, Richard Park heads to Europe, and Mike Modano to divorce Willa Ford.

TSN.CA: The Carolina Hurricanes are on the verge of re-signing forward Jeff Skinner to what Bob McKenzie reports is believed a six-year deal worth an average annual cap hit of $5.725 million.

**UPDATE** It’s official, six years, beginning in 2013-14, worth an annual cap hit of $5.725 million. As per CapGeek.com, Skinner will be paid $4.35 million in the first season, and $6 million per for the remaining five years.

Hurricanes close to re-signing Skinner.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Concern over his recent concussion history aside, it’s a fair deal for Skinner, who quickly emerged as a rising star with the Hurricanes.

TSN.CA: The Philadelphia Flyers announced yesterday defenseman Andrej Meszaros recently had surgery to repair a torn right Achille tendon, and is sidelined indefinitely.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have more on what the Flyers might do to replace Meszaros later this morning in my “Rumors” section.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited an interview NY Rangers winger Marian Gaborik gave to Blueshirts United, where he states he’s “feeling good” as he recovers from off-season shoulder surgery.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gaborik isn’t expected to return until mid-December, which explains in part why the Rangers are reportedly pursuing Shane Doan.

DENVER POST: Mike Chambers puzzles over why the Colorado Avalanche haven’t re-signed Ryan O’Reilly yet.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some contract negotiations take longer than others to resolve. O’Reilly isn’t the only notable RFA in this boat (hello there, Jamie Benn, P.K. Subban, Evander Kane, John Carlson, Michael Del Zotto, Dmitry Kulikov and Tyler Ennis), so it’s not as though this is unusual, or reflects poorly on the Avalanche. If training camp starts and he’s still not signed, then it’s time to get concerned. Not in early August.

DETROIT NEWS: The Red Wings are still awaiting word from Tomas Holmstrom if he intends to return or retire.

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: Former Penguins forward Richard Park has signed a two-year deal with HC Ambri Piotta in Switzerland.

 DETROIT FREE PRESS: Former NHL star Mike Modano is divorcing Willa Ford after five years of marriage.


  1. One smurf down for the Pens, six to go …

  2. Mike Chambers is a terrible NHL writer. Dater previously reported that talks wouldn’t resume until next week at the earliest. Chambers also bashed Denver Post guest writer, professional friend of Dater, and Mile High Hockey community member Jibblescribbits a couple months ago too.

  3. It doesnt make sense that detroit is waiting word from Holmstrom. Last reported was that we had too many forwards. I understand that we are all anticipating a move but according to the lack of moves so far this offseason it doesnt look as though a move will happen. So the hopes of Nyquist or Mursak playing look slimmer and slimmer. Holland is terrible. Im slowly becoming a pens fan…….wait no im not ill root for roller hockey before that happens.

  4. i could see the skinner contract being a real steal for the ‘canes in a couple of years.

    seems like a lot more unsigned RFAs this year than in previous season. recent history suggest teams were making a more concerted effort to resign players before they became eligible for offer sheets. i guess maybe it’s the uncertainty over the next CBA?

  5. It must be ruff for athletes who retire, only to find out that their wives and families aren’t used to or even happy to have them around all the time. A drastic lifestyle change to say the least

    • she sure is pretty though 😉

  6. the good news for willa ford is im also willing to leave my wife just to be with her. Hey we all have to make sacrifices

  7. Awesome signing by canes, watched some games (all against caps, ofcourse) and he has great hands, amazing footwork, fighting spirit and a scoring touch. He can be the best player in canes within a couple of years.