NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 25, 2018

by | Sep 25, 2018 | News, NHL | 14 comments

Golden Knights re-sign Shea Theodore, Brian Gionta retires, Islanders sign Luca Sbisa, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

LAS VEGAS SUN: The Vegas Golden Knights have re-signed defenseman Shea Theodore to a seven-year, $36.4-million contract.

Vegas Golden Knights re-signed Shea Theodore to a seven-year contract (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: So much for the assumption Theodore would get a short-term bridge deal. The annual average value of this deal is $5.2 million, which is a considerable raise over his entry-level contract.

The 23-year-old defenseman was a restricted free agent. He’s a skilled puck-moving blueliner with considerable upside who’s expected to develop into a reliable top-pairing rearguard. If he reaches his full potential this new contract could become a wise long-term investment by the Golden Knights. 

SPORTSNET: Forward Brian Gionta announced his retirement yesterday after 16 NHL seasons with the New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens, Buffalo Sabres and Boston Bruins.

The 5’7″ winger debuted with the Devils in 2001-02 and helped them win the Stanley Cup in 2003. Gionta went on to captain the Canadiens and Sabres. He had seven 20-plus goal campaigns, including a career-high 48 goals in 2005-06, finishing with 291 goals and 304 assists for 595 points in 1,026 career games. He has accepted a developmental coach role with the Sabres.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best of luck to Gionta in his future endeavors. 

THE SCORE: The New York Islanders signed free-agent defenseman Luca Sbisa to a one-year, $1.5-million contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sbisa was probably hoping for a more lucrative contract after playing a top-four role during the 2018 playoffs with the Vegas Golden Knights. If he pans out for the Isles this season he could earned a better contract with them. 

STLTODAY.COM: St. Louis Blues forward Robby Fabbri is listed as day-to-day with a groin injury.

CBS SPORTS: The Florida Panthers released center Mark Letestu from his professional tryout offer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Athletic’s Aaron Portzline speculated Letestu could get a two-way contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets. 

TSN: The Edmonton Oilers released forward Scottie Upshall from his PTO.

NBC SPORTS: The city of Seattle is one step closer toward an NHL expansion franchise after the city council “unanimously approved plans for a privately funded $700 million renovation of KeyArena.”

NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: The Flyers introduced their new mascot “Gritty” yesterday, generating considerable reaction on social media.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Behold! Good ol’ fashioned nightmare fuel!




  1. ThougBigbadbruins was a Habs fan? What’s he doing in a Flyers jersey?

    • Ha!

  2. Fabbri is ALWAYS injured.

    • But he has a lot of potential upside AND costs the blues less than $1 million. Can’t go wrong with having Fabbri under those circumstances.

  3. That is the ugliest mascot I’ve ever seen. It almost (Not quite, but almost) makes the Jackets’ Stinger look normal.

  4. Flyer’s mascot gets free soda and bath salts for every game.

  5. Nice kid friendly mascot. Sheesh.
    See you in a week, sleep.

  6. I’m surprised at Theo deal. Was totally convinced he was doing Bridge. IMO he’ll be worth more than this in 2 years …. so with that in mind … good deal for GMGM

    Sbisa with “show me” contract … good for team … risk premium to team was about $850K (over league Min.)… good deal for isles; I thought he’d get more

    Letestu will land somewhere

    Anybody have small children or grandchildren ? Don’t let them watch the Gritty video ….. U-G-L-Y …. nightmares for young kids … LOL

  7. We need mascots?

    • As Don Cherry says with every second breath “for all you kids out there ….”

      • 👍😂

  8. I remember when the Canes first moved to North Carolina. They decided to have a pig mascot and brought him out inside a Zamboni for the big reveal. Poor bastard inside the costume had some type of seizure. That was better than Gritty.

  9. Gritty looks like a Flyer picking himself off the ice after being smashed against the boards: hirsute, toothless, and bug-eyed. Don’t be fooled by the disguise. If a cop busts him for pinching his butt, you’ll know that Claude Giroux had a Rogaine bottle malfunction.

    • Gritty looks like the love child of Couturier and Voracek. Of course it’s a ginger monster, that’s what every Flyer was from 2010-2017.