NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 8, 2014

Latest on Mike Fisher, Anton Volchenkov, Vladimir Sobotka and Kyle Clifford, the Capitals spent the most in the free agent market, coaching hires by the Blackhawks and Panthers, and more. 

STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues filed for salary arbitration with forward Vladimir Sobotka. He joins Colorado’s Ryan O’Reilly and Winnipeg’s Michael Frolik among those being taken to arbitration by their teams.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That brings the total of players facing arbitration hearings to 23. The arbitration period is from July 20 to August 4.

Mike Fisher sidelined 4-6 months.

Mike Fisher sidelined 4-6 months.

NHL.COM: The Nashville Predators announced center Mike Fisher will be sidelined four-to-six months recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered during recent training.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This could ramp up the “Vincent Lecavalier-to-Nashville” speculation, but it could also explain their recent signing of Olli Jokinen.

TSN.CA: Speaking of the Predators, they signed Anton Volchenkov to a one-year, $1 million contract. Meanwhile, the Columbus Blue Jackets re-signed Corey Tropp and Corey Goloubef.

NBC SPORTS: Los Angeles Kings forward Kyle Clifford will spend 4-6 weeks recovering from wrist surgery.

WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals have spent the most so far in this summer’s UFA market.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Stars have signed goaltender Jussi Rynnas to a one-way, two-year contract.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks have hired Jimmy Waite as their new goaltending coach.

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Mike Kelly and Mark Morris have been named new assistant coaches of the Florida Panthers.