NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 30, 2014

Updates on Eric Staal, Justin Abdelkader, Peter Mueller, Jimmy Hayes, Justin Fontaine and more. 

Eric Staal recently underwent surgery.

Eric Staal recently underwent surgery.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal recently underwent surgery to repair an injured core muscle suffered during offseason training. The club also signed former Hurricanes forward Chad LaRose to a one-year minor-league contract.

MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader was suspended by the IIHF for three games of the 2015 World Championships for a high hit on Vladimir Sobotka during a World Championship game this spring.

STLTODAY.COM: The Blues have signed former NHL forward Peter Mueller to a one-year, two-way contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: At best this signing could provide an extra measure of offense to an already deep Blues team. At worst, Mueller won’t work out and will be demoted. 

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers avoided salary arbitration with Jimmy Hayes, re-signing him to a one-year, contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: CapGeek lists Hayes’ salary for next season at $925K.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: The Minnesota Wild avoided salary arbitration with Justin Fontaine, inking him to a two-year deal worth $1 million annually. The club is still in contract talks with Nino Niederreiter and Darcy Kuemper.

NBC SPORTS: Former Detroit Red Wings forward Mikael Samuelsson has signed with Swedish team Djurgarden. He played 13 seasons in the NHL with San Jose, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers and Vancouver Canucks. Samuelsson won a Stanley Cup with the Red Wings, but had his best seasons with Vancouver, including a 30 goal, 53 point performance in 2009-10.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres have hired NHL Hall of Famer and former NHL coach Bryan Trottier as an assistant coach.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets signed forward Jerry D’Amigo to a one-year, two-way contract.