NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 17, 2018

by | Sep 17, 2018 | News, NHL | 4 comments

Jets re-sign Josh Morrissey plus the latest on Victor Rask, Brent Seabrook, Mika Zibanejad and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

SPORTSNET: The Winnipeg Jets re-signed Josh Morrissey to a two-year contract worth $6.3 million. The annual average value is $3.15 million.

Winnipeg Jets re-sign Josh Morrissey to a two-year contract. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A reasonable contract for Morrissey coming off his entry-level contract. He quickly blossomed into a reliable top-four defenseman in just two NHL seasons. If he continues to develop as projected he’ll be in line for a considerable raise on his next deal.

Morrissey’s new contract could also affect restricted free agent blueliners such as Edmonton’s Darnell Nurse and Vegas’ Shea Theodore. More on that later this morning in the Rumors section.

THE NEWS & OBSERVER’s Chip Alexander reports Carolina Hurricanes forward Victor Rask could be sidelined for months. He accidentally sliced tendons and fingers on his right hand last week preparing food at home.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A tough break for Rask, who was hoping to bounce back from a 31-point performance last season.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook returned to the ice Sunday after missing the opening two days of training camp with an abdominal injury.

NEW YORK POST: Rangers center Mika Zibanejad avoided serious injury following a collision with a teammate during a training-camp practice yesterday. He left practice but cleared all concussion testing. Rangers coach David Quinn said Zibanejad had the wind knocked out of him but was otherwise fine.

LA PRESSE: The Montreal Canadiens re-signed assistant coach Kirk Muller to a two-year contract extension. 

TSN: Calgary Flames co-owner Clay Riddell passed away on Sunday. He was 81. “Riddell joined Flames ownership in 2003 after spending much of his life building oil and gas companies, including Paramount Resources.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Riddell’s family, friends and the Flames organization.

CALGARY SUN: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league’s efforts to grow the game in China doesn’t necessarily mean it will participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Though Bettman didn’t say the league has slammed the door on the possibility, he said 2022 “is a long ways off and lots of things can happen between now and then.” The NHL declined to participate in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games, citing the disruption to their regular-season schedule.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The fact Bettman is playing coy about the 2022 Games suggests the folks at NHL headquarters could be willing to take part provided certain conditions are met. While the league made a lot of noise about team owners unhappiness over shuttering the schedule for two-three weeks in midseason for the Olympics, I believe the real reason is they weren’t getting a bigger slice of the Olympic revenue pie. If the International Olympic Committee dangles more cash in front of the NHL, the owners could be more likely to go along. 



  1. Good to see Morrisey contract done. Good deal for the team; fair for Morrisey (I was thinking maybe another $500K per)…. Kudos for getting it done

    Re Bettman and in/out of ’22 Olympics …. just positioning right now … I’d rather he keep his mouth shut tho

  2. Bettman also can’t commit, because Olympic participation is going to be a big topic in CBA negotiations. He won’t want to tip his hand in that. the 2020/21 season could possibly be in jeapordy if the league or PA votes to opt out next September

  3. Bettman will wait till the last minute on the Olympics, so he can suck every cent possible from IOC, and whatever concessions he can get from the players union. His tactics never change.

  4. Bettman is methodical in everything he does. His words were carefully chosen & they send a message both to the IOC & NHLPA that is very clear. You want us there then it’s going to cost you as it should. The NHL & its member teams are assuming a huge financial risk shutting down the NHL & putting their assets players at risk.

    It’s about money but not being paid by the IOC specifically, they want their benefits restored that the IOC took away like all other athletes that attend. They also want the right to use the images the players create to be used by the NHL for marketing. If they don’t get these things they won’t be going unless the make this concession to the players in the next lockout & then the NHLPA would join the NHL in its demands to the IOC.

    Hockey games with 90%+ NHL players participating in 20,000 seat buildings with exceptional high ticket prices generate a ton of revenue like few other winter sports at the Olympics can.

    This is just business, big business.