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Bolts mum on any buyout plans for Lecavalier 06-25-2013
Vincent Lecavalier C PHI
Vincent Lecavalier agent's, Kent Hughes, said the Lightning haven't told him anything with regard to a possible buyout of his client.

St. Petersburg Times
"We understand it's something they might be contemplating," said Hughes. "It would be natural to do so." It would cost Tampa Bay $30 million over 14 years if they decided to use a compliance buyout on Lecavalier. It could free up money and cap space for the long term, but it would also create a gaping hole in the team's top-six forward group.
Ryan Malone not worried about possible buyout 06-25-2013
Ryan Malone LW NYR
Ryan Malone isn't stressing over potentially being bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

St. Petersburg Times
"It occupies zero of my thoughts. I have no control over it," he said. "If they want to buy me out, there's nothing I can do. I would try to prove them wrong. It is what it is." Malone has two years and $5 million left on his contract, which carries a $4.5 million cap hit. Buying him would cost $3.35 million over four years. The oft-injured winger skated in 24 games for the Lightning during the lockout-shortened season.
Tortorella wants to try out Sedins on the PK 06-25-2013
Henrik Sedin C VAN
New head coach John Tortorella mentioned during his introduction to the media that he plans to use Henrik and Daniel Sedin on the penalty kill.

Vancouver Province
The twins didn't kill penalties under ex-bench boss Alain Vigneault. If the experiment works then they could be become a good source of shorthanded points.
Report: Oilers won't buy out Shawn Horcoff 06-25-2013
Shawn Horcoff C DAL
The Edmonton Oilers won't buy out Shawn Horcoff, according to Sportsnet's Mark Spector.

Mark Spector on Twitter
That doesn't mean Horcorff is safe. Oilers GM Craig MacTavish publicly stated Horcoff is on the training block and he believes the best option for the team is to send Horcoff and teammate Ales Hemsky elsewhere. One thing that's important to note from Spector's report is MacTavish may very well still use one of the team's compliance buyouts this summer even if it won't be on Horcoff. Spector didn't say who that player might be other than to say it's "quite possible" the Oilers will buy out a player this time around.
Devils extend qualifying offer to Josefson 06-25-2013
Jacob Josefson C NJ
The New Jersey Devils extended a qualifying offer to Jacob Josefson.

Rich Chere on Twitter
Josefson is scheduled to be a restricted free agent this summer. By extending the qualifying offer, the Devils retain Josefson's negotiating rights and would be entitled to draft-pick compensation if he were to sign with another team. Josefson had one goal and two assists in 22 games with the Devils this season.
Craig MacTavish 'motivated to do something' 06-25-2013
Dallas Eakins D CAL
With the draft less than a week away, Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish said he's "motivated to do something" to shake up and add to the team's talent base.

Dan Tencer on Twitter
MacTavish doesn't seem necessarily ready to move up in the draft, but did say he's willing to drop back a few spots. He also said he thought the Oilers were in on trade talks for then-Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier and noted he's had several offers for the team's first-round pick (No. 7 overall). There have even been reports of both a long-term extension for center Sam Gagner, as well as a potential trade to Toronto in exchange for defenseman Dion Phaneuf. Regardless of what MacTavish does, it's pretty clear he intends to enact change in a franchise that appears to have gotten comfortable with losing.
Canes, Brett Sutter agree on one-year deal 06-25-2013
Brett Sutter C MIN
The Carolina Hurricanes and Brett Sutter agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract.

NHL.com
Sutter will earn $600,000 in the NHL or $150,000 in the AHL, where he spent the majority of last season. The son of Kings coach Darryl Sutter, Brett had 19 goals and 48 points in 70 games for Carolina's AHL affiliate. Sutter also appeared in three games with the Hurricanes but did not register a point.
Blues, Berglund agree to 1-year, $3.25M deal 06-25-2013
Patrik Berglund C STL
The St. Louis Blues and Patrik Berglund have verbally agreed to a one-year, $3.25 million contract.

Lou Korac on Twitter
Berglund was scheduled to be a restricted free agent after banking $2.4 million last season. The former first-round pick had a solid offensive year in a shortened season, notching 17 goals and 25 points in 48 games. As a comparison, Berglund had 19 goals and 38 points in 82 games the season before. The one-year deal basically amounts to a show-me contract for Berglund, who will have to show consistency before he gets any sort of long-term contract.
Flyers GM admits Bryz deal a 'costly mistake' 06-25-2013
Mike Bales G Ott
Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren called Ilya Bryzgalov's nine-year, $51 million contract a "costly mistake."

Sam Carchidi on Twitter
Holmgren announced earlier Tuesday the team would be buying out Bryzgalov once the compliance window opens Wednesday night. The team will get $5.667 million of cap relief over the next seven seasons but will owe Bryzgalov a total of $23 million over the next 14 seasons. Although the Flyers have been linked to Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo in the past, Holmgren said Wednesday that wasn't an option he expected to pursue.
Report: Rask's demands start at 6 years, $39M 06-25-2013
Tuukka Rask G BOS
Tuukka Rask's camp views Carey Price's six-year, $39 million contract extension as a starting point in talks with the Boston Bruins, a source with knowledge of the negotiations told CSN New England's Joe Haggerty.

CSN New England
Price's contract began this season and pays him an average of $6.5 million, but Haggerty wonders if Rask will look to surpass fellow Finn Pekka Rinne's seven-year, $49 million contract. The Bruins had the chance to lock Rask up for much cheaper during the regular season, but the waiting game will likely cost them following the pending RFA's stellar postseason performance. Rask posted a 14-8-3 record with a .940 save percentage and a 1.88 GAA in 22 postseason starts.
Flames to 'continue dialogue' with Kiprusoff 06-25-2013
Miikka Kiprusoff G CAL
Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster said the team will "continue our dialogue" with goalie Miikka Kiprusoff in light of Tuesday's report he will retire.

NHL.com
Feaster also said the report out of Finland on Tuesday morning stating Kiprusoff had told the Finnish national team he was retiring isn't out of line with what they've heard from the netminder. However, it does sound like the Flames, rightly or not, aren't closing the door on the veteran netminder just yet. Kiprusoff has one year and $1.5 million left on his NHL contract.
Report: Ryane Clowe gets medical clearance 06-25-2013
Ryane Clowe LW NJ
Ryane Clowe has received the green light from doctors to resume workouts after suffering a concussion during the postseason, according to RDS' Renaud Lavoie.

Renaud Lavoie on Twitter
Clowe didn't play most of the postseason for the Rangers after suffering an injury many believed to be a concussion in Game 5 of the team's first-round series. Clowe wouldn't confirm the concussion on breakup day, which is a bit strange considering most players admit to injuries after the playoffs end. Clowe is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent and has said he would like to re-sign with the Rangers, who acquired the gritty winger from San Jose at the trade deadline.
Report: Filppula's rights likely to be dealt 06-25-2013
Valtteri Filppula C TB
The Detroit Red Wings are expected to trade Valtteri Filppula's rights if they can't sign him to a new contract, according to beat writer Ansar Khan.

MLive.com
The Red Wings and Filppula's camp are having difficulty coming to terms on an extension for the pending UFA. Filppula is believed to be looking for a contract in the range of $5 million per year, which Detroit is unlikely to pay. If they do trade him, it would likely be for a conditional draft pick dependent on the other team signing Filppula to a long-term deal before July 5.
Selanne part of Finland's Olympic camp roster 06-25-2013
Teemu Selanne RW ANA
Teemu Selanne was included on Finland's 54-man camp roster for the Sochi Olympics.

ProHockeyTalk
Selanne's inclusion is worth noting because he still hasn't decided on his NHL future for next season. While the Finnish Flash could still compete in the Olympics if he retired from the NHL, it would be a bit surprising if did one without the other. This is also far from the final roster and is simply a group of players invited to compete for a spot on the country's roster for Sochi. Fellow NHLers Tuukka Rask, Niklas Backstrom, Kari Lehtonen, Antti Niemi, Pekka Rinne, Saku and Mikko Koivu, Olli Jokinen and Antti Miettinen are also among the camp invites.
Report: Isles talking long-term deals with 2 06-25-2013
Travis Hamonic D NYI
The New York Islanders are negotiating long-term contracts for Joshua Bailey and Travis Hamonic, according to beat writer Arthur Staple.

Arthur Staple on Twitter
Bailey and Hamonic are both scheduled to be restricted free agents and it shouldn't surprise anyone GM Garth Snow is trying to lock them down for the long term. While Bailey never really lived up to expectations as a former first-round pick, Hamonic has become arguably the Islanders' best defenseman. Staple also noted the team was working on short-term deals for goalie Kevin Poulin and defenseman Thomas Hickey. Free agency opens on July 5.
Report: Oilers offer Gagner multiyear deal 06-25-2013
Sam Gagner C ARZ
The Edmonton Oilers offered Sam Gagner a multiyear contract extension, sources tell TSN's Darren Dreger.

TSN
Dreger reported there remains work to be done on the contract and this is far from a done deal. There was a report Monday stating Toronto and Edmonton had discussed a trade centered around Gagner and Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf. Although this report of a contract offer doesn't preclude a trade from happening, it does show new GM Craig MacTavish is keeping his options open. Gagner is slated to be a restricted free agent after a bit of a breakout season in 2013. The former sixth overall pick had 14 goals and 38 points in 48 games last season and is still just 23 years old.
Flyers announce Bryzgalov will be bought out 06-25-2013
Ilya Bryzgalov G MIN
The Philadelphia Flyers announced Ilya Bryzgalov will be bought out.

NHL.com
The move had long been rumored, but this makes it official. The Flyers will save $5.667 million on the salary cap over the next seven years but will be responsible for paying Bryzgalov a total of $23 million over the next 14 years under the terms of the CBA's compliance buyouts. The enigmatic and controversial goalie will become an unrestricted free agent along with Daniel Briere, who the team will also buy out for a total cap savings of $12.17 million over the next two seasons. Bryzgalov played in 99 games for the Flyers, posting a record of 52-33-10 with a 2.61 goals against average and a .905 save percentage.
Jackets GM: Deal with Artem Anisimov 'close' 06-25-2013
Artem Anisimov C CLB
Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen says a deal with Artem Anisimov is "close."

NHL.com
Anisimov and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky are the Jackets' two most important RFAs, although Anisimov's status has gotten lost in the concern over the Vezina winner. "We're pretty close with Anisimov, and again, we're optimistic that we'll get a deal done sooner rather than later," Kekalainen said Tuesday. "We've done all of our qualifying offers and all that - those are going out, but we want to respect the process so we communicate with the players. I'm optimistic (Anisimov) will get done here shortly and we're working on (Sergei Bobrovsky)."
Coyotes execs met with Boyd Gordon last week 06-25-2013
Boyd Gordon C EDM
Phoenix Coyotes brass met with Boyd Gordon in Vancouver last week, according to beat writer Sarah McLellan.

Sarah McLellan on Twitter
The Coyotes haven't yet talked to Gordon's agent, which is the next step before free agency opens July 5. Although he's not much of a fantasy presence, Gordon is excellent on faceoffs and a key piece of Phoenix's bottom-six forwards. Gordon is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent.
CAR won't use buyouts, to let FAs hit market 06-25-2013
Kirk Muller RW Dal
The Carolina Hurricanes don't expect to use their compliance buyout this summer.

Chip Alexander on Twitter
Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford also said the team plans to let all of its pending unrestricted free agents reach the open market before deciding if he'll re-sign any of them. That means players like Joe Corvo, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Bobby Sanguinetti, Chad LaRose, Tim Brent and Dan Ellis will at least get the chance to test the open market.
Poile: Sergei Kostitsyn evaluating KHL option 06-25-2013
Sergei Kostitsyn LW NAS
Nashville Predators GM David Poile says Sergei Kostitsyn is exploring his options in the KHL.

Joshua Cooper on Twitter
Poile said Kostitsyn, who is still under contract with Nashville, would be on loan to a KHL club if that was the option the Russian-born winger chose. It's unclear if Kostitsyn would count against the Predators' salary cap if he left for Russia, but the team should have plenty of room under the lowered cap regardless of Kostitsyn's decision.
Predators won't tender Jeremy Smith with QO 06-25-2013
Jeremy Smith G BOS
The Nashville Predators won't tender Jeremy Smith a qualifying offer.

Joshua Cooper on Twitter
Smith spent the season with the Predators' AHL affiliate in Milwaukee. The former second-round pick was 19-19-3 with a .907 save percentage and a 2.77 GAA. He will become an unrestricted free agent July 5.
Preds haven't sent QOs to Blum, Halischuk yet 06-25-2013
Jonathon Blum D MIN
General manager David Poile said Tuesday the Nashville Predators have yet to extend qualifying offers to Jonathon Blum and Matt Halischuk.

Joshua Cooper on Twitter
Blum and Halischuk are slated to be restricted free agents, but Poile says he's currently exploring trade options involving both players. Poile didn't rule out eventually tendering them, but it's clear he's keeping his options open after a disappointing 2013 season by the Preds.
Preds extend qualifying offer to Nick Spaling 06-25-2013
Nick Spaling C PIT
The Nashville Predators have extended a qualifying offer to Nick Spaling.

Joshua Cooper on Twitter
The offer means the Preds retain Spaling's rights and would be entitled to compensation if he signed an offer sheet from another team. Spaling doesn't have a ton of fantasy value but is a key penalty killer for Nashville.
Bryan Murray believes Alfredsson will return 06-25-2013
Daniel Alfredsson RW DET
Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray says he will have an answer from Daniel Alfredsson on his plans for the 2013-14 season by Friday.

Bruce Garrioch on Twitter
Murray says he believes Alfredsson will return, but it's hard to speculate on these matters. Alfredsson was recently left off Sweden's roster for their Olympic orientation camp, which sparked rumblings he had told officials he wouldn't be playing next season. Alfredsson had 10 goals and 26 points in 47 regular-season games and added 10 points in 10 postseason contests.
Jackets GM 'optimistic' about Bobrovsky deal 06-25-2013
Sergei Bobrovsky G CLB
Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said he's "optimistic" the team will work out a new deal with goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.

NHL.com
KHL president Alexander Medvedev said Monday he's confident in the offer SKA St. Petersburg made to Bobrovsky, but the KHL has always seemed like more of a negotiating ploy than a real option. For his part, Kekalainen doesn't seem worried about losing the Vezina winner. "Obviously it's a big piece of the puzzle, he's a great player, great goaltender and we want him back," Kekalainen said. "We're working hard to get him back, we're optimistic we can get him back and sign him to a contract. We've had some good conversations with his agent."
Tippett deal helps Coyotes' talks with Smith 06-25-2013
Mike Smith G ARZ
Dave Tippett's contract has apparently helped speed up the Phoenix Coyotes' talks with goalie Mike Smith.

Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette
According to the Arizona Republic, Tippett and the team's management met with Smith and his agent in Vancouver last week. Smith has made it clear he wanted Tippett to return. "I really have a clear idea where he stands, and I think he has a good idea of where we stand right now," Maloney said. "We're still kind of working the process to see if there's a gap to be bridged." Smith is scheduled to be a unrestricted free agent July 5.
Report: Miikka Kiprusoff says he is retiring 06-25-2013
Miikka Kiprusoff G CAL
Miikka Kiprusoff told the Finnish national team he is retiring from hockey, according to Finnish media member Juha Hiitela.

Juha Hiitela on Twitter
This isn't exactly surprising news considering Kiprusoff admitted he was considering retirement during the 2013 season, but Sportsnet's John Shannon says the netminder has yet to inform the Flames of his decision. Kiprusoff has one year and $1.5 million left on his NHL contract but struggled mightily this season. If this is it for the 36-year old, he finished with a record of 319-213-7-64, a GAA of 2.49 and a .912 career save percentage in 606 career starts.
LeBron congratulates Patrick Kane, Blackhawks 06-25-2013
Patrick Kane RW CHI
LeBron James congratulated Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks on Twitter on Monday night.

CSN Chicago
James, like Kane and the Hawks, won his second NBA title last week and took to Twitter and Instagram to send a congratulatory message to the 2013 Conn Smythe winner. James wrote: "Congrats to 88pkane and the Chicago Blackhawks on winning the Stanley Cup #WhatAFeeling #NothingLikeIt." The tweet also included a link to a photo of a Blackhawks jersey with James' name and his No. 6 on the back.
Michal Handzus the 1st to get Cup from Toews 06-25-2013
Michal Handzus C CHI
Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews handed the Stanley Cup to Michal Handzus after receiving it from commissioner Gary Bettman.

Chicago Tribune
Handzus was Chicago's "veteran without a Cup," having waited 14 seasons to win the sport's highest prize. "Johnny came to me in the morning and told me, if he gets it, he's going to give it to me," Handzus said. "I got nervous right away." Fellow veterans Jamal Mayers and Michael Rozsival got the Cup after Handzus, a trio which Rozsival jokingly referred to as the "old dinosaurs."
Jonathan Toews got his 'bell rung' in Game 5 06-25-2013
Jonathan Toews C CHI
Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville confirmed Jonathan Toews had his "bell rung" during Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final.

Chicago Tribune
Toews missed the entire third period Saturday night, but there never appeared any doubt he would play in what become the clinching game for Chicago on Monday. The Blackhawks captain, who was "flying" in pregame warmups according to teammates, scored the game's first goal and assisted on the game-tying one late in the third period. Despite all the criticism he received, fairly or unfairly, Toews is a Stanley Cup champion for the second time in four years.
Could Oilers chase Flyers defenseman Coburn? 06-25-2013
Braydon Coburn D PHI
Oilers radio commentator Bob Stauffer speculated Edmonton could chase Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn this offseason due to Philadelphia's salary cap issues.

Edmonton Journal
Stauffer speculates that Coburn and his $4.5 million cap hit could be a liability for the Flyers after Philly agreed to terms with defenseman Mark Streit. While it's unclear if Coburn is on the trading block after a sub-par 2013 season, the link between him and the Oilers makes sense. The 28-year old could be an ideal fit the Oilers, who are in desperate need of size on their back end, and his defense-first game could also pair well with some of Edmonton's offensive-minded blueliners.
Fletcher: Re-signing Backstrom only option 06-25-2013
Niklas Backstrom G MIN
Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher admitted re-signing goalie Niklas Backstrom was the team's only option.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
The Wild signed Backstrom to a three-year, $10.25 million deal Monday, ensuring their starting goalie will be in place for the immediate future. The contract came a day after the Kings traded 25-year-old Jonathan Bernier to the Maple Leafs and allowed Fletcher to preserve some cap space instead of having to chase a big-name or high-priced replacement. "It's a win-win," Fletcher said. "There really never was another option. You have to say there is, so you have some leverage. But clearly he was our first choice."
Wild GM says Josh Harding is feeling great 06-25-2013
Josh Harding G MIN
Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher says Josh Harding is feeling great both mentally and physically.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
Harding missed two months this season due to complications from multiple sclerosis, but he returned to start all six of the Wild's opening-round playoff series against the Blackhawks after Niklas Backstrom was injured during warmups before Game 1. Harding won the 2013 Masterton Trophy for overcoming the diagnosis and the Wild plan to have him compete for a spot on the roster next season with Darcy Kuemper.
Wild GM says re-signing Cullen 'challenging' 06-25-2013
Matt Cullen C NAS
Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher says re-signing Matt Cullen will be "challenging, but not impossible."

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
The 36-year-old Cullen said he would like to return to Minnesota, but the Wild are up against the salary cap and it's unclear if they'll be able to meet his price on the open market. "I've been upfront with Cully and his agent: It's challenging, but not impossible to bring him back," Fletcher said. "But there's work to do to make it happen and he recognizes that. We have a lot of balls in the air right now."
Capitals promote Forsythe to assistant coach 06-25-2013
Adam Oates C Edm
Washington has promoted Blaine Forsythe from video coach to assistant coach.

Washington Post
He will replace Tim Hunter behind Washington's bench. GM George McPhee said that Forsythe will continue to take care of the team's video preparation, but with his new role he has more responsibility during games. He was a driving force behind the Capitals' top-ranked power play and he's expected to continue to help out in that regard next season.
Leafs begin contract talks with J. Bernier 06-25-2013
Jonathan Bernier G TOR
Contract talks are expected to pick up between Jonathan Bernier and the Toronto Maple Leafs this weekend at the NHL draft.

Toronto Sun
That is when agent Pat Brisson and GM Dave Nonis will meet up and Brisson thinks a new deal can be reached shortly. "I had a good conversation Sunday with Dave," said Brisson. "The goal is to get something done fairly quickly. Yes, he has arbitration rights, but we hope to manage the talks without a lot of distractions."
Pens talk to Iginla but he may test FA market 06-25-2013
Jarome Iginla RW COL
Jarome Iginla' agent, Don Meehan, said he has met with Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero about the possibility of his client staying with the Penguins.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
However, he added that Iginla's future "may very well be an issue which will be determined only after the start of free agency." That would allow other teams to pitch their offers to Iginla as well.
Wings to present Kindl with qualifying offer 06-25-2013
Jakub Kindl D DET
Jakub Kindl will receive a qualifying offer from the Detroit Red Wings.

Detroit Free Press
Kindl is scheduled to be a restricted free agent, which means the Wings would receive compensation if they decline to match another team's offer sheet to the defenseman. Kindl had a much better season this year than in 2011-12 as evidence by his plus-15 rating in the regular season. He should continue to progress next season and might be worth a look in deeper formats.
Penguins want Cooke back if contract fits 06-25-2013
Matt Cooke LW MIN
Matt Cooke's agent, Pat Morris, has begun talking with Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero about a contract extension.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Morris said, "I know [Pittsburgh] wants to keep Matt if it's economically possible." Cooke can become an unrestricted free agent on July 5 if a new deal cannot be worked out with the Penguins.
Smith to receive qualifying offer from Wings 06-25-2013
Brendan Smith D DET
The Detroit Red Wings will present a qualifying offer to Brendan Smith.

Detroit Free Press
Smith didn't contribute much offensively in his rookie season but learned enough to earn coach Mike Babcock's praise during the playoffs. The former first-round pick had eight assists in 34 regular-season games and two goals and five points in 14 postseason contests. Smith merits a look as a sixth defenseman in deeper pools next season and could be a sleeper with increased ice time and another season under his belt.
Nyquist will get qualifying offer from Wings 06-25-2013
Gustav Nyquist C DET
The Detroit Red Wings will present a qualifying offer to restricted free agent Gustav Nyquist.

Detroit Free Press
Nyquist three goals and six points in 22 regular-season games with the Red Wings in addition to registering 23 goals and 60 points in 58 games with Detroit's AHL affiliate. The former fourth-round pick also scored two goals and five points in 14 playoff games. Nyquist could have sneaky value in deeper leagues entering next season if he can stick with the Red Wings out of training camp.
Flyers may be thinking defense at '13 draft 06-25-2013
Mike Bales G Ott
Philadelphia may still be looking at drafting a defenseman with the 11th overall pick in the 2013 draft.

Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
Darnell Nurse, who is the nephew of former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, isn't expected to be on the board by the time the Flyers' pick comes around, but they might be able to land Rasmus Ristolainen, Ryan Pulock or Nikita Zadorov. Philadelphia is also apparently high on forward Frederik Gauthier.
Wings to extend qualifying offer to Andersson 06-25-2013
Joakim Andersson C DET
The Detroit Red Wings will extend a qualifying offer the Joakim Andersson.

Detroit Free Press
Andersson is scheduled to be a restricted free agent. The qualifying offer is just a formality for Red Wings GM Ken Holland, who simply guarantees Detroit would receive compensation if another team signs Andersson to an offer sheet that the Red Wings decline to match. Andersson had eight points in 38 games with the Red Wings this season.
Should the Rangers buy out Brad Richards? 06-25-2013
Brad Richards C CHI
Steve Zipay of New York Newsday believes the Rangers should use a compliance buyout on Brad Richards.

New York Newsday
Richards still has seven years remaining on his nine-year, $60 million contract, but he has fallen out of favor quickly with the team and has slid down their depth chart. If the Rangers decide to keep him for another year to see how he performs under new coach Alain Vigneault then they run the risk of Richards getting injured and then he can't be bought out. The club could also probably use the cap space to sign franchise cogs like Ryan McDonagh, Ryan Callahan, Derek Stepan, Dan Girardi and Henrik Lundqvist to extensions.
Ruff to emphasize puck possession, quick shot 06-25-2013
Ted Donato RW Bos
Lindy Ruff plans to emphasize puck possession in Dallas and wants the Stars to be a "shoot-it-and-get-it-back type of team."

Dallas Morning News
Some of Ruff's best teams in Buffalo came right after the lockout canceled the 2004-05 season. Those Sabres were heavy on puck possession and were dynamic offensively, which is something the Stars could certainly use. Ruff also talked about potentially limiting starts for goalie Kari Lehtonen, who started 162 out of 212 possible games over the last three seasons.
Flames could change Blue Jackets' draft plans 06-25-2013
Team Goalie SJ TG SJ
Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen admitted the Calgary Flames could change his team's draft plans.

Columbus Dispatch
The Flames and Blue Jackets each own three first-round picks and both teams have made no secret of their desire to possibly move up into the top four of the draft. Columbus' highest pick is at No. 14, while the Flames have an easier path at No. 6. The problem for the Jackets is a team like Colorado and Florida, which own the top two picks, is unlikely to drop down to the middle of the draft if they can only move down a few spots to No. 6. We'll just have to wait and see what unfolds on Sunday.
Avs promote Craig Billington to assistant GM 06-25-2013
Craig Billington G Was
The Colorado Avalanche promoted Craig Billington to assistant general manager Monday.

Denver Post
Billington has spent the past 10 years in Colorado's front office after a 15-year playing career. Billington's done everything from coaching the Avs' goalies to working in the player development wing of the team's front office. Colorado also officially hired Adam Foote, Andre Tourigny, Mario Duhamel as members of Patrick Roy's staff. Tourigny will be one Roy's assistants, while Foote will help develop defensemen and Duhamel will serve as the team's video coach.
J. Boychuk will 'forever' remember Gm 6 loss 06-25-2013
John Boychuk D NYI
Johnny Boychuk said he would remember Boston's stunning elimination from the Stanley Cup Finals in Game 6 "forever."

Boston Herald
"You remember winning it (in 2011) but you remember losing it a little bit more, now that we've had that happen," he said. The Bruins were 1:16 away from forcing Game 7 when Chicago stormed back to win the contest before the end of regulation.
Chris Kelly scores 2nd goal of SCF 06-25-2013
Chris Kelly C BOS
Chris Kelly produced his second goal of the playoffs in Game 6 against Chicago.

Boston Herald
His marker, which was set up by Tyler Seguin and Daniel Paille, gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead after the first period. However, Boston wasn't able to hold off a stunning late rally from the Blackhawks and they ended up losing their chance at playing in Game 7 for a chance to hoist the Stanley Cup. Kelly was a bright spot for the Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals, where he generated all three of his playoff points.
Nathan Horton had a dislocated shoulder 06-25-2013
Nathan Horton RW CLB
Nathan Horton said he was playing with a dislocated shoulder.

Boston Globe
According to reports, which surfaced after he left Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Horton had been dealing with a chronic shoulder issue since he fought Jarome Iginla on April 20. It wouldn't be surprising if he required surgery, but that's unconfirmed speculation at this point.
Tuukka Rask can empathise with Toronto now 06-25-2013
Tuukka Rask G BOS
Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins understand the shock and pain that they gave Toronto in Round 1 following their stunning and sudden loss to Chicago in Game 6 Monday night.

Boston Globe
"We've done it to somebody else, so we got to feel how it feels being on the other side," said Rask. "This season we were known to lose a couple of leads. Even in the regular season we were up by goals and we lost the games. I guess that sums it up pretty good." The Bruins had a 2-1 lead until the final minutes of the third period when the Blackhawks scored two goals 17 seconds apart to win the Stanley Cup when it looked like the series would be heading back to Chicago for Game 7.
Winnipeg GM not looking to deal Byfuglien 06-25-2013
Dustin Byfuglien D WPG
Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said he isn't looking to deal Dustin Byfuglien.

Winnipeg Sun
"Buff is a very unique player," Cheveldayoff said. "He has the size a lot of players, a lot of teams, would covet in this league, with respect to the push to get a bigger, harder player to play against. I could see where teams would have interest. I could see where rumors would start. But it's not something I've contemplated or I've talked about in great detail with any other team about trading him." He also shrugged off a report that Byfuglien weighed in at over 300 pounds by the end of the season. Byfuglien led the Jets defense corps with 28 points in 43 games this past season, which tied him for ninth in the league among all NHL blueliners.
Jets hope to re-sign Grant Clitsome 06-25-2013
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Winnipeg is interested in bringing back potential unrestricted free agent Grant Clitsome.

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He notched 16 points and a plus-10 rating in 44 games with the the Jets this past season. Clitsome's salary cap hit sat at $1.25 million for the past two campaigns.
Jets reach out to potential UFA Al Montoya 06-25-2013
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Winnipeg has reached out to pending unrestricted free agent Al Montoya.

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Winnipeg GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said the team has contacted Montoya's camp for a possible return. Montoya appeared in seven games with the Jets during the lockout-shortened season.
Winnipeg Jets focus attention on RFAs 06-25-2013
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Winnipeg GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said Monday that the team's focus is signing their list of restricted free agents.

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Blake Wheeler, Bryan Little, Zach Bogosian, Alex Burmistrov, Eric Tangradi, Zach Redmond, Paul Postma, Anthony Peluso and Arturs Kulda are notable names on that list. We have reached out to all the RFAs' respective agents," said Cheveldayoff. "They're all going to be very different, some are going to be shorter term, some are going to be longer terms," Cheveldayoff said. "... A lot of factors that come into play, there's obviously money, there's term, there's where the person is at in free agency and in their respective careers and where they think they are going to go in their respective careers, too. To say when they're all going to get done, hard to say at this point."