NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 29, 2014

Red Wings re-sign Tomas Tatar, Sharks talk contract with Justin Braun, plus the latest on  Brian Elliott, David Warsofsky and Michael Leighton

Red Wings re-sign Tomas Tatar to 3-year extension.

Red Wings re-sign Tomas Tatar to 3-year extension.

DETROIT NEWS: The Red Wings yesterday re-signed forward Tomas Tatar to a three-year deal worth $2.75 million annually.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s a good, affordable bridge contract for a promising young forward coming off an entry-level contract. Only 23, Tatar last season led the Wings in shots (158), was second in goals (19) and third in plus/minus (plus-12). If he continues his development as expected, he’ll easily double his annual salary on his next contract. 

CSN BAY AREA: Kevin Kurz reported the Sharks began contract talks with defenseman Justin Braun. Negotiations are expected to continue later in August following  Braun’s wedding.

STLTODAY.COM: Blues goalie Brian Elliott is determined to retain the starter’s job when the season begins.

CSNNE.COM: Newly re-signed defenseman David Warsofsky hopes to crack the Bruins blueline corps this summer.

WINDSOR STAR: Former NHL goaltender Michael Leighton has mutually terminated his contract with KHL team HC Sochi following an illness.