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03:15  05 september  2019
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Jets lock up Morrissey with 8-year, $50M extension

Jets lock up Morrissey with 8-year, $50M extension The Winnipeg Jets inked defenseman Josh Morrissey to an eight-year, $50-million contract extension, the team announced Thursday. Morrissey's new deal will carry an average annual value of $6.25 million. He's entering the final year of his current deal, which carries a $3.15 million cap hit, and was set to become a restricted free agent after this season. The 24-year-old recorded career highs with 25 assists and 31 points in 59 games during 2018-19, his third full season with the Jets. The 6-foot rearguard also finished third on the club in average ice time (22:24), and third in blocks with 107.

Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has one piece of business left to take care of before the campaign, and when it comes to Josh Morrissey , a long - term deal might be the best fit. Josh Morrissey | Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images.

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The Winnipeg Jets and defenseman Josh Morrissey have begun negotiating a long-term contract extension, he told The Athletic's Ken Wiebe.

Jets, Morrissey have discussed long-term extension© Jonathan Kozub / National Hockey League / Getty

"We chatted a little bit throughout the last couple weeks and throughout the summer," he said. "It's just kind of the process of how it goes. You've been through contract negotiations, so you know how it works."

Morrissey is entering the final season of a two-year, $6.3-million bridge deal he signed last September. The 24-year-old was limited to just 59 games in 2018-19 due to injury but still managed to post a career-high 31 points while averaging 22:24 minutes per night.

Morrissey signs 8-year, $50 million extension with Winnipeg

Morrissey signs 8-year, $50 million extension with Winnipeg WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) The Winnipeg Jets have signed defenseman Josh Morrissey to an eight-year, $50 million contract extension. © APWF FILE - In this April 22, 2019, file photo, Winnipeg Jets' Josh Morrissey speaks to media at their closing press conference after losing in the first round of the NHL playoffs, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Winnipeg Jets have signed defenseman Josh Morrissey to an eight-year, $ The Jets announced the move on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, one day before the start of training camp.

Morrissey has come a long way during his two NHL seasons, yet there is still room to grow. With captain Blake Wheeler locked up for five more seasons beyond this one, the Jets next order of business could be getting Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor signed to extensions .

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He's adamant about being with the team for years to come.

"I've always maintained I want to be a Jet and I want to play here in Winnipeg," Morrissey said. "I would love to get something done. As a player, you want to go through the process and handle it the right way. I would love to play here throughout my career. We’ll see what happens."

With Jacob Trouba's departure and Dustin Byfuglien now in his mid-30s, Morrissey is expected to take on a greater role on the Jets' blue line this season.

While locking in Morrissey would certainly be a boon for the Jets, general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff has more immediate business to take care of. Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor are both restricted free agents, and the Jets have a projected $16.15 million in remaining cap space to sign the duo, according to CapFriendly.

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The 21-year-old restricted free agent had 30 goals and 50 points in 82 games with Winnipeg last season.

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