NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 6, 2012.

Sixteen players election arbitration, but Shea Weber isn’t among them, big NHL markets no longer have free agent advantage, the latest on the Coyotes sale, and more.

NHLPA.COM: Sixteen players have filed for salary arbitration; among them: Colorado’s Jamie McGinn, Detroit’s Kyle Quincey, Edmonton’s Sam Gagner, Florida’s Kris Versteeg, Nashville’s Sergei Kostitsyn, and St. Louis’ T.J. Oshie.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bear in mind, just because these players have filed to arbitration, doesn’t mean they’ll end up in front of an arbiter. In most cases, the players and their respective teams end up settling before their arbitration hearings.

Weber not going to arbitration with Predators.

THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber has not filed for salary arbitration, making him eligible to receive an offer sheet from a rival team. The Predators, however, have said they’d match any offer. Weber’s agent claims his client is still in shock over former teammate Ryan Suter’s decision to sign with Minnesota. The Predators hope to re-sign Weber to a long-term deal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll be more shocked if a rival club actually pitches Weber an offer sheet, since the Predators will match it. Indeed, perhaps it might be easier for all involved if Weber did sign an offer sheet and the Preds matched it, as it would bring his contract negotiations to a swift conclusion, though it would undoubtedly be expensive. If a rival GM wanted to be a dick, he’d pitch an lucrative offer sheet anyway, forcing the Preds to retain Weber for perhaps far more than they hoped to pay.

USATODAY.COM: Kevin Allen suggests the Parise and Suter signings indicate big NHL markets no longer have the advantage in the free agent market.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For this summer, yes, but overall I disagree with that assessment. Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik went to the NY Rangers last summer. Marian Hossa went first to Detroit, then Chicago. Brian Campbell signed with Chicago. Daniel Briere jumped to Philadelphia.  The need to reach the cap floor saw the Florida Panthers active last summer, but not this year. The Wild cleared the boards for a big summer, and were able to capitalize on their location to land Suter and Parise (who also wanted to play together) but I doubt they’ll be as active in the future in the UFA market.  Occasionally,a smaller NHL market will make a big splash in the free agent pool, but in most cases, the big market teams regularly remain active, and usually have the advantage.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Another day, another threat to the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to the Jamison group.

CSNWASHINGTON.COM: The Capitals yesterday re-signed center Mathieu Perreault to a two-year contract extension.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Buffalo Sabres have signed former Colorado Avalanche forward Kevin Porter.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: The New Jersey Devils have signed Krys Barch to a two-year contract.

MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings have hired former Edmonton Oilers coach Tom Renney as an assistant coach.


  1. Lol. Classic line “if a rival GM wanted to be a dick”. Hilarious. :). If teams really want weber they should sign him to a one year deal, Preds match, Weber is UFA next season. Then u can make your big pitch after July 1. With these stupid contracts being tossed out I’m going to bet Weber is worth, oh, a bajillion dollars over 18 yrs. modern medicine will keep him in the game… Is what his agent will say as he is looking through real estate listings for his new multi million dollar home.

  2. For the love of christ, citizens don’t want it, the possible incoming council doesn’t want it, its losing money. Look I love the Coyotes, but enough is enough you just can’t MAKE something happen cause you want it to. Fold the franchise and move it to the highest bidder with an NHL ready arena in a new location.

  3. I read the globe article about the Coyotes and my understanding is that the 2 tea party individuals are having a hard time collecting the required signatures and won’t be able to turn enough in. Shoalts conveniently omits details so he can paint a bleak picture. The 2.6% sales tax is not for the entire city, but around the Westgate area. The 5 canditates that wrote the appeal to the city manager were from 2 of the 6 districts and are all tea party candidates. The issue is a .7% sales tax and it has to do with a broader picture than just the Coyotes. He makes it sound that the lease agreement is a subsidy instead of the city paying the Jamison group to run their arena and bring in additional revenue for the city for other venue beside NHL hockey. Without the Coyotes, the city wouldn’t be able to justify the 2.6% sales tax and the additional revenue of an anchor tenant and would do more harm to the city’s reputation, businesses located around Westgate, and the NHL’s reputation. The real story would be how bleak the future of Glendale would be if the Coyotes left and the city will have to still pay to maintain the arena without an anchor tenant and would have a hard time drawing businesses to the area. This is only 1 of the issues why the City of Glendale needs to add revenue. It’s too convenient to blame 1 organization. In hind sight, the Coyote should have built the arena in a more central location, but the original lease agreement was a good one for the City of Glendale and the arena is here to stay with or without an anchor tenant.

  4. I hate that so many people view offer sheets as a malicious tactic. An offer sheet is nothing more than someone declaring, “this is how much we are willing to pay this player, and if you don’t want to match it then that’s your choice.” There’s nothing “dickish” about it, and offer sheets shouldn’t be taken personally, IMO. It’s just business.

    I don’t understand why they put rules into the CBA just so GMs can make their own unwritten rules to override them. The NHL is less interesting than it could be if GMs weren’t so uptight and thin-skinned about offer sheets.

    In fact, I don’t think it’s that far of a stretch to classify this unspoken understanding between the GMs of the NHL as a form of collusion.

  5. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Doug Wilson was that DICK. He’ done it in the past to Chicago. I personal think SJ needs more speed and grit to sure up there third and fourth lines but don’t be surprise

  6. You want to talk about shock, look at the picture of Weber and check out that stick flex. I’m 6’3, 240 lbs, and I’ve never gotten a stick to flex like that without snapping.

  7. Weber: I don’t know why, but I see him ending up in Detroit. Maybe not this summer but by the next summer. I have nothing to back that up by my own intuition. Detroit is a perpetual contender and Weber would be the obvious replacement to Lidstrom.

    Big Markets: I agree with Spector. Parise and Suter signing with the Wild is not a trend by any stretch.

  8. It’s all about cap space. If a team positions itself well like the Wild did this year and the Panthers did last season, they’ll reel in the good players. A big market team that leaves itself with little cap space won’t do well in the UFA market.

  9. Spector the Rangers signed Richards last year, they signed Gaborik the year before.

  10. I’m sorry, I was wrong about that, the Rangers signed Gaborik in the summer of 2009 and Richards in 2011.