NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 10, 2012.

Wild owner defends expensive signings of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, ten biggest NHL off-season surprises, proposal to block Coyotes sale may be faltering,  Jeff Halpern signs with Rangers, and Cristobal Huet hopes for NHL return.


Wild owner defends his signings of Parise and Suter.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold defended himself against accusations of hypocrisy for signing Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to expensive contracts, only four months after complaining his club was losing money and changes had to be made over how teams spent money. Leipold claimed the signings were done to get his team out of the hole it was in.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, a team owner is saying, please save us from ourselves…again. Look, Leipold can spend his money any way he wants, that’s his right as a team owner, and I certainly don’t begrudge them landing Parise and Suter fair and square under the rules of the current CBA.

Regardless, he still came across as a hypocrite for complaining about the current system – one which he and his fellow owners fought for and achieved by shutting down the league for an entire season – only to turn around four months later and drop big money on the two best available players in the UFA market.  While we don’t know what “changes” Leipold wants in the next CBA, they’ll likely have little impact upon how much money teams spend for big name talent.  As for his investment in Parise and Suter, I sincerely hope they can turn the Wild around, though history suggests it could work against them.

USA TODAY: Kevin Allen with the top ten surprises (so far) of the NHL off-season. Bet you can guess what the top one was (see above).

SPORTING NEWS: An effort to force the arena lease agreement between the city of Glendale and the Jamison Group (necessary to facilitate the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes) into a referendum vote in November appears to be faltering. If so, the sale of the club would proceed.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the sale goes through to the Jamison group, it would also have significant impact upon the plans of Coyotes captain Shane Doan, who is currently fielding offers from rival teams, but would prefer to remain with the Coyotes if they’re to remain in Glendale.

WASHINGTON TIMES: The New York Rangers have signed former Capitals center Jeff Halpern to a one-year deal reportedly worth $700K.

IN GOAL MAGAZINE: Former Blackhawks goaltender Cristobal Huet has spent the past two seasons in Europe, but now that he’s an unrestricted free agent, he’s hoping for a return to the NHL.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Perhaps he’d be an affordable, short-term option for clubs seeking depth in goal.


  1. I haven’t seen Halpern play recently but the Rangers have a young roster so they might be the type of team that can afford to carry a face-off specialist… in which case this may be a good signing that will have some impact

  2. Huet would be a decent backup with experience for Reimer.

    • Agree and if BB doesn’t sign him Leafs will be worse off in goal then last season unless they make a big trade but then they would be weakened in other areas. Huet would also be a good back up option for Ducks.

      • Huet would be a good fit with our Ducks, yes… but TO is in a more desperate need or help in goal.

    • Huet would be a great choice for the Leafs. Sign him for a one year deal and let him play himself back into a more prominent role in the NHL. Huet’s career NHL GAA numbers are solid (less than 2.50) and with a veteran presence, the leafs can give both Riemer and Scrivens time to develop or if injuries occur step in and show what they can do. Trading for Bernier does not ofter any signifiant guarantees over Toronto’s existing goalie tandem of Reimer and Scrivens in terms of experience and/or talent level.

  3. Everyone to the Leafs! For Kadri, Komiserek, and Lombardi! I know that Huet is a FA, but I’m just starting the Leafs chatter on here the way it starts every. Single. Day…

    • Disagree.

      This is an actual need for the Leafs, and there aren’t any good quality goalies left in the NHL market (Luongo aside).

      It’s not Leafs chatter for the sake of Leafs chatter. It’s Huet chatter.

      As my Habs fan cousin put is a few years ago, “All the way, avec Huet!”

  4. I don’t think anything is wrong with saying one thing and doing another in this instance. As long as the CBA allows the moves Leipold is well within his rights. He may not like how he had to get those two players but he did GET those two players and NEEDED to get those two players. It’s a big gamble and I for one hope it pays off huge.