NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 31, 2014

A roundup of the latest signings plus updates on Brad Marchand, Scott Hartnell and more. 

Andy Greene inks 5-year contract extension with the Devils.

Andy Greene inks new deal with the Devils.

NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils re-signed defenseman Andy Greene to a five-year, $25 million contract extension with a no-trade clause. Greene was eligible for UFA status next summer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a significant raise over the $3.5 million he’s set to earn this season. I consider this a reasonable contract for Greene. He tallied his second-highest career point total (32) last season and has evolved into a reliable leader and two-way defenseman for the Devils. No surprise they wanted to ensure the 31-year-old remains in the fold long term.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings re-signed forward Dwight King to a three-year deal worth $1.95 million per season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise here, as Kings GM Dean Lombardi always tries to keep his roster intact as much as possible. It’s a nice raise for King, who earned $750K per season on his previous deal. He’s become a solid depth forward for the Kings. 

NHL.COM: The Winnipeg Jets have re-signed Matt Halischuk to a one-year, two-way contract worth $725K at the NHL level.

NBC SPORTS: cites a report from The Hockey News’ Ken Campbell claiming Nick Spaling requests $2.85 million from arbitration while the Pittsburgh Penguins countered with $1.65 million.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Scott Hartnell is expected to be a good fit with the promising young Blue Jackets.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not only will he provide experience and grit but also leadership for the Blue Jackets. 

CSNNE.COM: Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand claims he can’t stand Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekenac.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Just as I’m sure there are some players who can’t stand Marchand. Somewhere, Plekanec is chuckling and looking forward to playing Marchand again. 

ESPN.COM: Chicago Blackhawks prospect Kevin Hayes will likely become an unrestricted free agent by the August 15 deadline.

NBC SPORTS: Former NHL superstar Teemu Selanne is considering the possibility of playing for Jokerit this season.

NEW YORK TIMES: Another class-action lawsuit has been filed against the NHL by a former player (Jon Rohloff) claiming he was not suitably protected from brain injury and concussions during his playing career.


  1. I would take Marchand on my team over Plekanec any day of the week. We’ll see who has the last laugh on this one.

  2. That whole Marchant-Pleks thing is silly. The guy who asked the question was looking to stirr stuff up just to stir stuff up. Spector is right, Pleks laughs that on off for what it is, meaningless.

    • Agreed. It was a stupid question to ask in the first place.

  3. Jon Rohloff?

    Maybe he should sue his parents while he is at it because he was not suitably given the genes to play at a meaningful level in the NHL.

  4. If Brad ever becomes a UFA watch the teams fighting over this guy. Every team wants Marchand who wouldn’t.

  5. The only reason that Marchant isn’t the cheapest player on the Bruins is because of Lucic. And, JR you want him and his 0 goals in 12 playoffs last year? Your team wouldn’t be going far.