NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 9, 2013.

Examining how bad NHL contracts are born, Capitals won’t make major UFA signings, a look at this year’s prospective nominees for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame, the lease agreement for the Coyotes is signed, plus a roundup of Monday’s UFA signings.

SPORTING NEWS: Kent Wilson explains how bad NHL contracts are born during the free agent period, calling it a “winner’s curse”.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a fascinating read. More often than not, the “winners” end up with buyer’s remorse. I’ve always believed NHL GMs suffer from auction fever during the opening days of the UFA market. You see something you like and bid on it, intending only to spend up to a certain amount, but then others start bidding and jacking up the price, so you blow your budget out-bidding the others, only to end up regretting that you spent so much on something which wasn’t what you thought it would be. 

Capitals GM won't make major UFA signings.

Capitals GM won’t make major UFA signings.

WASHINGTON POST: Katie Carerra reports Capitals GM George McPhee doesn’t intend to replace the departed Mike Ribeiro and Matt Hendricks via free agency, observing the limited depth of talent in this year’s market.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Capitals only have around $8.4 million in cap space and must re-sign Karl Alzner and Marcus Johansson. Sounds like replacement for Ribeiro and Hendricks will come from within.

THE GLOBE & MAIL: James Mirtle examines this year’s list of potential nominees for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe Scott Niedermayer and Chris Chelios are locks this year. Brendan Shanahan and Eric Lindros could get consideration. Pat Burns should’ve been inducted before he died, and if he isn’t inducted this year, it’ll only heighten criticism of the HHOF voting committee.

TSN.CA: The Phoenix Coyotes prospective owners have signed their lease agreement for Jobing.com arena.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: The Washington Capitals signed defenseman Tyson Strachan to a one-year, two-way contract.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: The New Jersey Devils signed Cam Janssen to a one-year, two-way contract.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: The NY Islanders re-signed goaltender Kevin Poulin to a one-year, two-way contract.

NHL.COM: The Florida Panthers signed former NY Rangers defenseman Matt Gilroy.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: The Dallas Stars signed center Chris Mueller to a one-year contract.


  1. Lindros should not even be considered.Ever.The guy was a total black mark on the game with the whining when he was drafted by Quebec.He was injured a lot,I don’t believe he ever won a cup(Mind you, he bounced around to a few teams toward the end of his slightly-above-average career.so I may be wrong about that). It’s the hall of fame,where the best players in history are honored.Lindros is just not one of the best,never was.

    • I agree .. and I’m a LONG time Flyers fan. Lindros had flashes of greatness, but that is about it, and to me, it’ s just not enough to get in.. He was injured frequently, at least partially due to not keeping his head up, as mentioned.. He had a great shot and how i LOVED watching him destroy other players physically , but he was a lazy back checker and way overrated.

      How can someone who completely disrespected the draft process and basically held Quebec hostage be inducted? When you consider the talent that went the other way in the trade ( or even the rangers potential trade that was invalidated ) , how can Lindros NOT be considered the most overpaid for player of all time?

      I hope LeClair and Brind’amour both make it in though eventually…. they were two of my favorite Flyers of all time. Talent and work ethic!!! and both great people off the ice , unlike the big E, who was just an….

  2. Burns burned AGAIN by the Hall! What a joke…..not saying Shero does not deserve it but come on. I am ok with player selections and I think it came down to Lindros vs Shanahan….I think the Cups tipped the balance….Lindros get in eventually.