NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 8, 2018

by | Sep 8, 2018 | News, NHL | 7 comments

An update on Tyler Seguin’s contract negotiations, latest PTOs and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill said the club is making progress in contract-extension talks with center Tyler Seguin. “We are deep in discussions. It’s moving in the right direction,” Nill said. “We’ll go from there.” Nill repeated his wish to get Seguin under contract before the start of the season next month.

Contract talks between the Dallas Stars and center Tyler Seguin have heated up. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Seguin is due to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. The status of his contract talks with the Stars has garnered considerable interest in recent weeks. Speculation suggests he could get a long-term deal worth $10.5 million annually with the Stars or over $11 million per season on the open market. 

NJ.COM: Free-agent forward Drew Stafford will return to the New Jersey Devils training camp on a professional tryout offer. 

TSN: It “sounds like” the New York Islanders will bring back defenseman Dennis Seidenberg on a PTO. 

CBS SPORTS: Former Chicago Blackhawks blueliner Viktor Svedberg received a PTO from the Calgary Flames.

THE BUFFALO NEWS’ Mike Harrington reports Buffalo Sabres winter Matt Moulson won’t be at the club’s training camp next week. He’ll remain loaned out to the Ontario Reign, the AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings. 

KING 5: Construction of a new arena in Seattle won’t be approved until the NHL awards the city a franchise. 



  1. “Construction of a new arena in Seattle won’t be approved until the NHL awards the city a franchise”

    This has all the earmarks of a classic “what came first … the chicken or the egg”

    I thought one prerequisite for getting a franchise was the availability of a suitable rink.

    • George

      Again your right on.

      Gary unofficially “awarded” Seattle the franchise more than a year ago… it’s a done deal … just political CYA speak in the State of Washington inferring that they won’t approve construction until the NHL has signed on the dotted line

      It just cracks me up

    • The Arena is in place but major & I mean major renovation will be required, essentially all that is being retained is the roof but these renovations won’t commence until the NHL has legally approved Seattle’s expansion bid nor should it. It’s going to cost almost 3/4’s of a billion dollars to update the Key Arena what businessman would commit those monies till the NHL signs off.

      No NHL or NBA team then no 1’s putting up the money. This project has few hurdles left to mount, NHL approval that ship sailed when someone was willing to pony up 600 mil US to put a team in a market the NHL has wanted for decades & will be built on time & schedule as there is no real opposition, its private monies with deep NHL roots.

      • Just what does your second paragraph really mean ? I don’t get your point there.

  2. I don’t see a chicken and the egg in Seattle. I see a municipal government who are unwilling to take the brunt of any political backlash to use public money to build an arena before they have a guaranteed tenant in place. I don’t think it’s a matter of will they or won’t they approve the building of the arena. They like all politicians want to cover their A_S.
    The NHL board of Governors can award the franchise with the caveat that a new arena is approved. Both the NHL and the city of Seattle want this too much to let this affect any franchise being awarded to the city.

  3. I am of the same mind as George. Every other expansion/relocation had a suitable arena prior to being awarded a franchise.

    • And a few sites have the arenas but are not on the NHL’s radar – yet.