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Report: Leafs emerge as Kris Letang suitor 06-26-2013
Kris Letang D PIT
The Maple Leafs have emerged as a possible destination for Kris Letang if he cannot reach an extension with the Penguins, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Rossi.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Letang's preference is to remain in Pittsburgh, but he has "grown uneasy about his standing within the organization," sources told Rossi. Letang hasn't requested a trade, but if the Penguins deal him they would want an "NHL-ready player under contract, at least one top prospect and a potential first-round pick." The rearguard, who will count $3.5 million against the cap next year, finished with 38 points this season and is easily among the best blueliners in the game, despite his playoff struggles against the Bruins. Letang's agent continues to talk with the Penguins.
Devils extend qualifying offer to Henrique 06-26-2013
Adam Henrique C NJ
The Devils have extended a qualifying offer to Adam Henrique.

The Record
Henrique will become a restricted free agent this offseason. He had an underwhelming second season in the NHL with 11 goals and five assists in 42 games. Henrique had an NHL salary of $525,000, with performance bonuses that took his earnings to $787,500.
Report: Zubrus agrees to deal with Devils 06-26-2013
Dainius Zubrus C SJ
Dainius Zubrus has reached an agreement with the Devils on a three-year pact, according to The Record's Tom Gulitti.

The Record
Zubrus' deal is worth about $3 million a year and could take a few more days before it's announced. The 35-year-old winger notched two goals and nine points this season.
Rangers, Lundqvist to begin extension talks 06-26-2013
Henrik Lundqvist G NYR
The Rangers will begin contract discussions with Henrik Lundqvist's agent this weekend.
The star netminder has a year left on six-year deal that carried a $6.875 million cap hit, so he's sure to get a nice bump up from that once an agreement is reached, which should eventually get done. Even though Lundqvist can't officially sign an extension until July, general manager Glen Sather and Lundqvist's camp can agree to the parameters now. "I will be speaking with Glen Sather at the Draft concerning an agenda for Henrik's status," Lundqvist's agent Don Meehan said. The 31-year-old was 24-16-3 with a 2.05 goals-against average and .926 save percentage this season.
Bruins GM wants to keep Nathan Horton 06-26-2013
Nathan Horton RW TOR
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli wants to keep Nathan Horton in Boston.
Horton is an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and he made $5.5 million in the final year of his deal. The winger only had 13 goals and nine assists in the regular season, but he was excellent in the playoffs with seven goals and 19 points. "I hope so," said Chiarelli. "I've told him that I'd like him to come back. We'll see how it goes."
Hawks parade set for 10:30 a.m. Friday 06-26-2013
Jonathan Toews C CHI
The Blackhawks' Stanley Cup parade will begin 10:30 a.m. local time on Friday.
The parade route will begin at Washington and Des Plaines, heading east to Wabash St, with the post-parade rally being held at Hutchinson Field in Grant Park. "The City of Chicago is so proud of our Blackhawks, and we are looking forward to celebrating their championship with the best fans in the world," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "We also ask fans to enjoy the celebration responsibly by respecting the city and each other."
Rangers start talks with key RFAs 06-26-2013
Derek Stepan C NYR
The Rangers have had "some basically, preliminary talks" with their three key restricted free agents, Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh and Carl Hagelin, according to ESPN's Katie Strang.

Katie Strang on Twitter
These discussions will continue this weekend, Strang says. The Rangers' offseason, now that they've found a new coach, centers on getting these core players locked up. McDonagh ($1.3 million) and Stepan ($875,000) should be due some decent raises, while Hagelin should get a tick more than the $875,000 he made last year, too.
Bruins, Bergeron working on long-term deal 06-26-2013
Patrice Bergeron C BOS
CSN New England's Joe Haggerty says that the Bruins' "first order of business" this offseason will be inking Patrice Bergeron to an eight-year deal.
Bergeron has a year left at $5 million on his deal until he becomes an unrestricted free agent. Haggerty says the two sides have already made "headway" on a deal and expects the contract to be worth between $48-52 million. Bergeron's game goes beyond the offense (10 goals, 22 points this season) as he's a premiere defensive center. Locking him up is obviously a prudent move and the Bruins would be doing so right at the beginning of his prime.
Ference admits uncertainty got to him 06-26-2013
Andrew Ference D EDM
Andrew Ference acknowledged that dealing with the realization he wouldn't be back with the Bruins was a bit of a distraction.
He had a feeling he wouldn't be coming back when he wasn't approached about an extension as he finished out the final year of his deal. General manager Peter Chiarelli made it official today. "Nobody is going to do their job as effectively when there is uncertainty," said the 34-year-old Ference. "At different times of the year it affected me differently. I think at a certain time of the year I just resigned myself to the fact [I wasn't coming back] and that was a good thing to do. The people that make up this city are unbelievable. The best friends that we have in our lives are all from here. The lifestyle and the area that you live in has enormous impact on your quality of life and your performance on the ice. "But it's not a fun thing.
Islanders silent on potential buyouts 06-26-2013
Rick DiPietro G NYI
The New York Islanders still haven't stated what their plans are when it comes to using their compliance buyouts.

Arthur Staple on Twitter
Rick DiPietro is at the forefront in this regard. The Islanders aren't hard up for cap space, but DiPietro is signed through the 2020-21 season at a salary cap hit of $4.5 million per year.
Evgeni Nabokov may be heading for free agency 06-26-2013
Evgeni Nabokov G TB
According to sources, it looks like Evgeni Nabokov may be heading for free agency.

Arthur Staple on Twitter
Nabokov told Arthur Staple of New York Newsday that his first choice is still to stay with the Islanders despite a speed bump in negotiations. "We couldn't find the middle ground right now, but I never close the door on anything," said Nabokov. "That's where we're at. I'm still hopeful something will get done."
Bolts re-sign blueliner Keith Aulie 06-26-2013
Keith Aulie D CLB
Keith Aulie has signed a one-year, one-way contract with Tampa Bay.
In 45 games with the Lightning in 2013, Aulie posted two goals, seven points and 60 penalty minutes. He also led the team with 91 hits.
Daniel Briere looks forward to free agency 06-26-2013
Daniel Briere C COL
Daniel Briere is looking forward to signing with another NHL team after coming to terms with the news of his buyout from Philadelphia.
"The first few days were really tough then you start to think about the possibilities and it becomes really exciting," he said. "I'm moving in that territory. I'm very excited about what's looking ahead. I can't wait to decide. When I signed in Philadelphia six years ago I thought this was the end of my contract negotiating as a player. I thought this was going to be my last contract, that I was going to end up playing in Philadelphia and that would be the end. [Now] it's pretty exciting to have another chance to be a free agent again." He registered just six goals and 16 points in 34 games with the Flyers in 2013, but he's expected to have plenty of suitors when he becomes an unrestricted free agent next week.
Report: S. Kostitsyn signs with Avangard Omsk 06-26-2013
Sergei Kostitsyn LW NAS
Updating a previous item, according to reports out of Russia, Sergei Kostitsyn has signed on to play with Avangard Omsk of the KHL.

Szymon Szemberg on Twitter
He produced just three goals and 15 points in 46 games during the lockout-shortened season and it appears as though he completely fell out of favor in Nashville. The Predators approved of him talking to KHL teams despite having one year left on his NHL contract and said they wouldn't stand in his way if he wanted to play overseas.
Preds ready to move on without S. Kostitsyn 06-26-2013
Sergei Kostitsyn LW NAS
It sounds like the Nashville Predators are prepared to move on without Sergei Kostitsyn.

The Nashville Tennessean
The Predators won't stand in Kostitsyn's way if he decides to play in Russia next season. GM David Poile isn't sure how the situation will work out, but it doesn't sound like he would broken up about it if Kostitsyn left. "I just want to be a hardworking team that's hard to play against, and we need to play to our potential," Poile said. "With Sergei, three goals ... we're not going to win anything if a guy on your first line scores three goals. That's unacceptable." Nashville is prepared to loan Kostitsyn to a KHL club and be responsible for his $3 million salary cap hit but not for his salary. If he can't get a job in Russia for whatever reason then it could be an awkward situation in Nashville during the final year of his contract.
Agent: Ilya Bryzgalov would consider Edmonton 06-26-2013
Ilya Bryzgalov G ANA
Agent Ritch Winter was on a sports radio show, Oilers Now, in Edmonton Wednesday where he said Ilya Bryzgalov would probably be open to signing with the Oilers.

Edmonton Jounal
CHED's Dan Tencer tweeted: "Winter said Bryzgalov would hate the weather in Edmonton but would love the energy in a hockey city and thinks the team can win. He'd come." Winter also got in some shots at Philadelphia by saying, "It's terrible for goaltenders in Philadelphia" and "There's more wrong with Philadelphia's goaltending than just the goaltending."
Blues ink Shattenkirk to 4-year extension 06-26-2013
Kevin Shattenkirk D STL
Kevin Shattenkirk has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $17 million contract extension with the St. Louis Blues.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A league source told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about the new deal. The 24-year-old defender generated five goals, 23 points and a plus-2 rating in 48 games during the lockout-shortened season. The Blues have locked up Shattenkirk and Patrik Berglund, but they still have work to do as Alex Pietrangelo, Chris Stewart, Kris Russell and Jake Allen are restricted free agents as well.
Bruins go over Bergeron's injury timeline 06-26-2013
Patrice Bergeron C BOS
Boston GM Peter Chiarelli speculated that Patrice Bergeron's punctured lung was caused either by the center's broken rib or by a nerve-blocking injection.

Boston Globe
Chiarelli and coach Claude Julien said that Bergeron would not have been able to play with a punctured lung, so neither of them believed he had it during Game 6. He went into the contest with a broken rib and torn cartilage, which he visited the hospital for Saturday night after Game 5. Bergeron suffered a separated shoulder during the first period of Game 6 to add to his injury woes.
Jaromir Jagr wants to play in NHL next year 06-26-2013
Jaromir Jagr RW FLA
Jaromir Jagr hopes to join another NHL team for the 2013-14 season.

Boston Globe
"I want to do it [play in the NHL again], I love this game so much that's for sure," Jagr said. "So I don't want to go back to Czech yet." Despite his lack of finish during the playoffs, the future Hall of Famer shouldn't have trouble getting a contract somewhere else.
Contract talks 'ongoing' with Kings, Scuderi 06-26-2013
Rob Scuderi D LA
Robert Scuderi and the Los Angeles Kings are talking contract.
"Talks are ongoing prior to July 5, and no final decision has been made," Scuderi's agent Steve Bartlett said Wednesday. "The Kings have shown strong interest in having him return." Scuderi can become an unrestricted free agent next week if the two sides can't agree to a new deal by July 5.
Jackets, Artem Anisimov agree to 3-year deal 06-26-2013
Artem Anisimov C CHI
Artem Anisimov has signed a three-year contract with Columbus.

Columbus Dispatch
The deal is reportedly worth $9.85 million. Anisimov notched 11 goals and 18 points in 35 games during his first campaign with the Blue Jackets. "Artem is a big part of our team and we're very pleased to sign him to this extension," GM Jarmo Kekalainen said in a statement. "He's an extremely dependable two-way center with a dynamic skill set and we think he will be a key contributor to our club in the coming years."
Ryan Miller's focus on what he can control 06-26-2013
Ryan Miller G VAN
Ryan Miller's future in Buffalo is still in question, but he's trying to stay focused on what he can control while preparing for the 2013-14 season.
"I just have to prepare myself to be a starting goalie and an Olympian," Miller said via email. "I want to challenge myself to raise my game back to the highest level. Everything else is out of my control." He has one year left on his deal at $6.25 million and there hasn't been progress on an extension.
Roy would be 'surprised' if Avs moved Stastny 06-26-2013
Paul Stastny C STL
Avalanche coach Patrick Roy doesn't envision Colorado trading Paul Stastny.

Craig Custance on Twitter
"I'd be very surprised if we move Paul," he said. If the Avs select Nathan MacKinnon first overall at the 2013 draft then they see him playing behind Matt Duchene and Stastny, with Ryan O'Reilly going to the wing. Stastny has one year left on his current contract before he can become an unrestricted free agent.
Jay Pandolfo might choose to retire 06-26-2013
Jay Pandolfo LW BOS
Jay Pandolfo won't be brought back by Boston for next season.

Fluto Shinzawa on Twitter
According to the Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa, Pandolfo is leaning toward retirement. He played in 18 games with the Bruins during the 2013 campaign and watched the playoffs from the press box as a healthy scratch.
Seidenberg had a pulled hamstring in Round 1 06-26-2013
Dennis Seidenberg D NYI
Dennis Seidenberg sustained a pulled hamstring in the opening round of the playoffs against Toronto.

Fluto Shinzawa on Twitter
He played just 37 seconds in Game 7 of that series and didn't return until Game 5 in Round 2 versus the New York Rangers. Seidenberg is a great source of production if your league credits hits and blocks, but his offensive contributions are modest at best.
Sheppard agrees to 1-year deal with Sharks 06-26-2013
James Sheppard LW VAN
San Jose has inked James Sheppard to a one-year contract.

CSN Bay Area
"James played his best hockey for us in the playoffs and his game continues to improve after missing the past couple seasons," GM Doug Wilson said in a statement. Sheppard hadn't played in nearly three years because of a serious knee injury. In 32 regular-season games, he had four points and in 11 playoff contests he didn't have any.
Sharks sign Andrew Desjardins to 2-year deal 06-26-2013
Andrew Desjardins LW CHI
Andrew Desjardins has signed a two-year contract with San Jose.
"Andrew is a player that plays with an edge, can kill penalties and has the ability to play the North-South game we desire," said GM Doug Wilson. "He always competes hard as is always there for his teammates." Desjardins played in 42 games with the Sharks in 2013, where he registered two goals, one assist, 61 penalty minutes, 53 hits
Horton will probably need shoulder surgery 06-26-2013
Nathan Horton RW TOR
Nathan Horton's dislocated shoulder will probably require surgery.

Fluto Shinzawa on Twitter
Boston GM Peter Chiarelli hopes to re-sign Horton, who is eligible for unrestricted free agency on July 5. His procedure could end up buying the Bruins some extra time to try to get him re-signed if other teams shy away from him due to his injury.
Zdeno Chara had a hip flexor injury 06-26-2013
Zdeno Chara D BOS
Zdeno Chara's ailment was a hip flexor injury.

Fluto Shinzawa on Twitter
The Chicago Blackhawks appeared to wear down the Boston captain as the series progressed. Chara was on the ice for 10 of Chicago's 12 goals in the last three games of the Stanley Cup Finals en route to a minus-6 rating. Coach Claude Julien said that Chara was not playing at 100 percent after Game 6.
Chiarelli says Andrew Ference will become UFA 06-26-2013
Andrew Ference D EDM
Boston GM Peter Chiarelli said the team will not bring back Andrew Ference.

Fluto Shinzawa on Twitter
The hard-nosed defenseman will be permitted to test unrestricted free agency next week. Chiarelli said it was a difficult decision, but it was expected since the Bruins need to re-sign Tuukka Rask and they hope to bring back Nathan Horton as well. Boston also has young blueliners Matt Bartkowski, Torey Krug and Dougie Hamilton waiting to get more ice time.
Patrice Bergeron has small hole in his lung 06-26-2013
Patrice Bergeron C BOS
Patrice Bergeron has a small hole in his lung, according to GM Peter Chiarelli.

Fluto Shinzawa on Twitter
The team doesn't believe the puncture happened during a game. Bergeron concluded the Bruins' postseason run with broken ribs, torn cartilage and a separated shoulder, so a puncture to his lung was a possibility. He has been hospitalized since the conclusion of Game 6 on Monday for observation.
Report: Jagr won't be back with Bruins 06-26-2013
Jaromir Jagr RW FLA
Jaromir Jagr will reportedly not return to the Boston Bruins next season.

Boston Globe
Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe also reported that Jagr injured his back and hip in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals against Chicago. The veteran winger notched 16 goals and 35 points in 45 games between Dallas and Boston during the lockout-shortened season. He didn't get a goal in the playoffs, but he had 10 assists in 22 contests. Jagr will be eligible to sign anywhere as an unrestricted free agent on July 5, assuming he decides to keep playing.
Ilya Bryzgalov issues statement after buyout 06-26-2013
Ilya Bryzgalov G ANA
Ilya Bryzgalov released a statement via his agent Ritch Winter on Wednesday.

CSN Philadelphia
He thanked Flyers chairman Ed Snider for committing to him with a long-term contract, which he said "has secured [his] family's financial future." Bryzgalov also praised his teammates, management and the fans "for the support I felt from so many of them through some very dark days and difficult situations." He concluded by stating that he is grateful for the opportunity and he intends to learn from this experience. Bryzgalov won't be talking to the media again until training camp when he'll presumably be with a new team.
Flyers want to add a goalie to help Mason 06-26-2013
Steve Mason G PHI
Steve Mason is considered to be Philadelphia's number one goalie right now after word that the team is set to buy out the remainder of Ilya Bryzgalov's contract.

Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
However, Mason is still preparing himself to battle for starts with whoever the Flyers bring in to replace Bryzgalov. GM Paul Holmgren said, "Ideally, we'd be able to get a guy that would work in tandem with him, but the bulk [would go] onto Steve. We'll see how it goes." Some possibilities could be Jose Theodore, Ray Emery, Evgeni Nabokov, or Dan Ellis.
Caps will match offer sheets for their RFAs 06-26-2013
Karl Alzner D WAS
Washington GM George McPhee plans to match any offer sheet sent to defenseman Karl Alzner or forward Marcus Johansson.

Washington Post
"We would always match," McPhee said Monday. "We're not going to allow other clubs to determine who's in our lineup or who's not in our lineup. We would match and adjust in another way." Both players are key restricted free agents, who the Capitals are expected to sign.
Capitals re-sign tough guy Joel Rechlicz 06-26-2013
Joel Rechlicz RW DET
Joel Rechlicz has signed a one-year, two-way contract to remain with the Washington Capitals.

Washington Post
He was acquired from Phoenix in April in exchange for fellow minor-leaguer Matt Clackson. In 40 AHL games with Portland and Hershey this past season, Rechlicz recorded no points and 154 penalty minutes.
Pens get slightly better pick fromTangradi 06-26-2013
Eric Tangradi LW DET
Eric Tangradi met a games-played condition following his trade to Winnipeg, so the Pittsburgh Penguins will get a sixth-round choice instead of a seventh-round pick.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
He skated in 36 games with the Jets after he was acquired from the Penguins. Tangradi recorded a goal and three assists over that span. Pittsburgh now owns the No. 164 overall pick in the 2013 draft.
Ilya Bryzgalov doesn't comment on buyout 06-26-2013
Ilya Bryzgalov G ANA
Ilya Bryzgalov chose not to comment on his buyout Tuesday after the Flyers announced they were going to move in that direction.

Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
His buyout gives Philadelphia "the most flexibility to make our roster better," according to GM Paul Holmgren. The Flyers were in need of cap space and they'll pay him $23 million over 14 years to make him an unrestricted free agent next week. Holmgren called Bryzgalov's contract "a costly mistake" and his buyout was a "very difficult" decision. The goaltender's time in Philadelphia was rocky at best, with more lows than highs, so it will be interesting to see where he ends up once his buyout is made official Wednesday night.
Sharks weighing options with Brent Burns 06-26-2013
Brent Burns D SJ
The San Jose Sharks are still weighing their options when it comes to Brent Burns.

CSN Bay Area
They could either have Burns serve as a defenseman or forward next season, but it would be better to make a decision in the near future so Burns can adjust his offseason preparations accordingly. Burns is known as a great offensive defenseman, but he also had success as a forward in 2013. From a fantasy perspective, the possibility of him playing on a line with Joe Thornton while still maintaining blueliner eligibility is very appealing.
Preds not sure if they'll qualify Halischuk 06-26-2013
Matt Halischuk RW WPG
The Nashville Predators haven't sent Matt Halischuk a qualifying offer yet.

The Nashville Tennessean
Predators GM David Poile is still deciding if he wants to keep Halischuk or allow him to become an unrestricted free agent. Halischuk had five goals and 11 points in 36 games in 2013. The deadline to issue qualifying offers is Tuesday.
Steve Sullivan is undecided about retirement 06-26-2013
Steve Sullivan LW NJ
Steve Sullivan won't be back with New Jersey next season, but he hasn't decided yet if he plans to retire.

The Bergen Record
"It's still up in the air," said agent Steve Bartlett. "He's taking some vacation time with the family and they're going to talk things through." Sullivan owns a house in Scottsdale, Ariz and it's thought that he may want to play somewhere on the West coast or return to Phoenix if he decides to come back for another year.
Scrivens hopes to challenge Quick for starts 06-26-2013
Ben Scrivens G MON
Ben Scrivens understands he'll start the season as the clear backup to Jonathan Quick, but he still plans to battle for ice time.
"Everybody wants to be the number one," Scrivens said. "Obviously I'm still a young guy in the league, and for me to come in behind Quickie and learn as much as I can with him and work with Billy Ranford, it's a great opportunity but also a great challenge. That was my role in Toronto by the end of the year, was trying to push James for ice time and for starts. So I really don't see it as too much of a change coming in to L.A. You have to earn every minute you get on the ice. But, saying that, the better you play, the more chances you get." Scrivens is a capable backup goaltender, but he's not likely to have much, if any, fantasy value behind Quick.
Talks with Peter Harrold may resume at draft 06-26-2013
Peter Harrold D STL
Peter Harrold's agent, Steve Bartlett, will probably speak with Devils GM Lou Lamoriello at the NHL draft this weekend.

The Bergen Record
"I've talked to Lou just a bit and I'm cautiously optimistic that we'll be able to get something done," Bartlett said. "Lou's had his hand full, so, if not before, I'm sure I'll get together with him at the draft and we'll see if we can find mutual common ground before the free agency date. Peter liked it there and the coaches seemed to like the role he played. So, we're hopeful we can pull something together." Harrold can become an unrestricted free agent if a new deal isn't agreed to prior to July 5.
Matt Frattin fine with shifting to left wing 06-26-2013
Matt Frattin RW CAL
Matt Frattin is open to shifting to the left wing as he tries to crack one of the Kings' top two lines.
"I played a few games with Toronto on the left side," Frattin said. "I'm definitely comfortable over there. My strong side's my right side, but I'm just going to come to camp and just try and earn a spot. That's what everybody's going to be doing, and I'm just going to do that myself too." The Kings acquired Frattin as part of the Bernier trade. Frattin had seven goals and 13 points in 25 games last season.
Devils may get Zubrus re-signed before July 5 06-26-2013
Dainius Zubrus C SJ
Dainius Zubrus' agent is "optimistic" that a deal can be worked out with New Jersey before July 5.

The Bergen Record
"Dainius loves being a Devil and has tremendous appreciation and admiration for Lou Lamoriello and I think it's pretty mutual," agent Jerrold Colton said. "We've had ongoing dialogue and I'm hopeful that we can work things out before free agency comes around. There's a few things in the air for the Devils right now. Dainius would certainly like to stay there and it's my feeling the Devils want him and I'm pretty optimistic under those circumstances we'll be able to work something out." According to Tom Gulitti of The Bergen Record, Zubrus' new deal could be three years for about $9 million.
Elias, Devils won't discuss contract progress 06-26-2013
Patrik Elias LW NJ
Patrik Elias has told his agent not to comment publicly on his negotiations with the New Jersey Devils.

The Bergen Record
Devils GM Lou Lamoriello doesn't tell the media much when it comes to negotiations and Elias is adopting by a similar policy. The long-time New Jersey forward did the same thing when he became an unrestricted free agent in 2006.
David Clarkson not eyeing free agency yet 06-26-2013
David Clarkson RW CLB
David Clarkson said he isn't thinking about free agency yet and he's still in discussions with the New Jersey Devils about an extension. eyeing

The Bergen Record
"I know my agent and Mr. Lamoriello have been talking, but I don't think they've gotten too deep into specifics yet," Clarkson said. "Right now, I'm just waiting to see what happens. I'll probably know more after the next few days." If there's no progress during that time then Clarkson said his focus may shift to free agency by the end of the weekend.
Panthers silent on who to take at No. 2 06-26-2013
Kevin Dineen RW CLB
Florida GM Dale Tallon hasn't said who the Panthers will choose with the second overall pick in the 2013 draft.

Miami Herald
He wouldn't even say if the team would select top-rated defenseman Seth Jones if Colorado were to pick Nathan MacKinnon at No. 1. The Panthers want their top choice to play in the NHL next season and blueliners can take longer to develop, so taking a forward may be the preferred route for the club. Some GMs believe that Tallon will take Jones if the Avalanche make MacKinnon the first overall selection.
Damien Brunner seeks multi-year deal 06-26-2013
Damien Brunner RW NJ
Damien Brunner is looking to sign a multi-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings.

Detroit Free Press
Brunner is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He only has 58 regular season and playoff NHL games under his belt and he was streaky in his rookie campaign. Under these circumstances, coming to an agreement about what a fair long-term deal is might be challenging. "If you have a long track record, it makes it easier," Brunner's agent, Neil Sheehy said. "Nonetheless, he's a good player. We'll see where talks go."
Bobrovsky's choice may impact Olympic chances 06-26-2013
Sergei Bobrovsky G CLB
It's been suggested that Sergei Bobrovsky's chances of serving as playing in the upcoming Olympics would improve if he chose the KHL over Columbus.

Columbus Dispatch
Bobrovsky is scheduled to become a restricted free agent on July 5 and SKA Saint Petersburg is passionately pursuing him. Regardless of where he ends up playing, Bobrovsky would be a great addition to Team Russia after winning the 2013 Vezina Trophy. The NHL is likely to participate in the Olympics, but nothing's official yet.
Chad LaRose will enter free agency in July 06-26-2013
Chad LaRose LW CAR
Chad LaRose will be permitted to listen to other offers in free agency next week.

Raleigh News & Observer
He will join teammates Tim Brent, Joe Corvo, Bobby Sanguinetti, Marc-Andre Bergeron and Dan Ellis on the free agent market on July 5. Carolina Jim Rutherford said, "We will let them go into free agency. We'll see if some make it back to us or if we make it back to them."
Avalanche have no plans to buy out contracts 06-26-2013
Patrick Roy G COL
The Colorado Avalanche will not use either of their two compliance buyouts this summer.

Denver Post
David Jones and Shane O'Brien were seen as possible candidates, but the Avalanche are in a comfortable position from a cap perspective anyways. The Avalanche will still have the option of using their buyouts next summer if they don't exercise them in 2013.
Bruins cannot afford to lose Tuukka Rask 06-26-2013
Tuukka Rask G BOS
The Boston Bruins cannot afford to stiff Tuukka Rask on his new contract.

Boston Herald
He could ask for the same deal that Pekka Rinne got in Nashville, which is a seven-year pact worth $47 million and according to a source Carey Price's six-year, $39 million extension is viewed as a starting point for Rask's camp in their negotiations with the Bruins. Not getting Rask under contract would set the team back severely in the crease. He has arbitration rights and the Bruins would be wise to get him signed before the threat of an offer sheet arrives. Unfortunately, his pay day might result in Boston having to say goodbye to veteran players Nathan Horton and/or Andrew Ference, who are eligible to leave via free agency.
Handzus plays through wrist/knee injuries 06-26-2013
Michal Handzus C CHI
Michal Handzus played through a broken wrist and torn MCL.

Chicago Sun-Times
At the age of 36, Handzus won the Stanley Cup for the first time. He was a significant factor in the playoffs with three goals and 11 points in 23 contests. He's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Bickell's injury influenced line mixing 06-26-2013
Bryan Bickell LW CAR
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville explained that Bryan Bickell's Grade-II knee sprain was the reason he was taken off the top line.

Chicago Sun-Times
The line change came at the start of the Stanley Cup Final. "We were trying to preserve [Bickell] and get some balance at the same time," Quenneville said. "We didn't want heavy minutes with him against [Zdeno] Chara basically on one leg." Bickell has come with a $541,667 annual cap hit, but his contract will expire this summer. Bickell is in line for a sizable raise, which means he might have to leave Chicago given that they probably don't have the cap space to accommodate the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent.
Corey Crawford was incredible in 2013 06-26-2013
Corey Crawford G CHI
Corey Crawford has wrapped up what's been an incredible season for him.

CSN Chicago
After a rough sophomore campaign, Crawford was part of the Jennings Trophy winning tandem. He also posted a 1.84 GAA and .932 save percentage in 23 playoff starts to win the Stanley Cup. "He obviously took a lot of heat over the last couple of years. And all he's done is just played unreal from start to finish this year," Duncan Keith said. "I can't say enough about him. The pressure on him, to do what he did was unbelievable."