NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 13, 2012.

The schedule for this summer’s NHL arbitration hearings is released, petition to block sale of Coyotes falls shorts, Hartnell wants to remain a Flyer, Holmstrom will only play with Red Wings, Panthers hope Mueller rediscovers his scoring touch, and Sabres uninterested in Hasek comeback.

TSN.CA: This summer’s NHL arbitration schedule has been released. The most notable include Edmonton’s Sam Gagner and St. Louis’ T.J. Oshie (July 20), Florida’s Kris Versteeg (July 23), and Colorado’s Jamie McGinn (July 25).  Scratch Anaheim’s Nick Bonino, San Jose’s T.J. Galiardi and Dallas’ Richard Bachman, as they were re-signed yesterday by their respective clubs.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Another blow for opponents of the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to the Jamison group, as a petition to block the sale was submitted late (the deadline was July 9) and was nearly 300 signatures short of the required 1,862. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the removal of legal uncertainties can only help the sale process.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen if a lawsuit will be filed by the petitioners to block the sale, but the failed petition, combined with the failure to block the lease agreement with Jamison,  bodes well for his purchase of the team. How this effects contract talks with Shane Doan, however, remains to be seen.

Hartnell hoping for contract extension.

CSNPHILLY.COM: Scott Hartnell’s contract with the Flyers expires at the end of this season, and he hopes to sign an extension.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s possible they could re-sign Hartnell before the start of this season, but it wouldn’t surprise me if management were to wait until the implementation of a new CBA.

THE DETROIT NEWS: Long time Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom intends to meet soon with GM Ken Holland to determine if he’ll return for another season. Holmstrom denied speculation he’d consider playing elsewhere, saying it’s the Red Wings or nowhere.

THE MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon is hoping new Panthers forward Peter Mueller can finally put his health issues behind him and regain his scoring touch. Mueller has been hampered by concussions, including missing the entire 2010-11 season.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres GM Darcy Regier confirmed he’d been contacted by the agent of former Sabre star Dominik Hasek, who is interested in making an NHL comeback. Regier, however, intends to stick with his currently goalie tandem of Ryan Miller and Jhonas Enroth.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt any NHL team will have serious interest in the 47-year-old Hasek, who last played in the NHL four years ago.


  1. Toronto should take the flyer out on him. See if he is healthy enough to be a back-up and mentor to Reims/Scrivens for one year. (Seriously I think they are the only club desperate enough to do it.)

    • I knew it wouldn’t take long for someone to throw that nonsense out there. This is what I come to expect from most Toronto fans on here.

  2. Toronto does not need that circus. They want to hire him as a consultant for the goalies fine but his playing days are done. Why can’t Hasek just go away quietly? Its borderline embarrassing when you put yourself out there at that age nobody is going to want you at 47 y/o. Hurts the legacy thats all.

  3. I agree with JJB. I think Hasek can still provide some excellent leadership for the oung goalies. While he may not be at an elite level on the ice (who knows..?), he is still a great competitor.

    Also, he would be a wonderful addition to the HBO special. He would be infront of the cameras- and Reimer would not be… I think that’s important.

    On a side note: aparently he is in great shape and played pretty well in Europe.

  4. Hasek would get blown out in the NHL nowadays at his age. Come to think of it, yeah, Toronto would be a great fit.

    Sorry. Just woke up from a busy afternoon shift and I’m cranky.

  5. Hey.. I’m all for the old boys wanting to play hockey still.. but Hasek is 47 years old (says TSN).

    I can’t imagine anyone in today’s NHL playing at that age. Picture Lucic and Miller for a sec..