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Nathan MacKinnon will wear No. 29 in NHL 08-13-2013
Nathan MacKinnon C COL
Nathan MacKinnon will wear No. 29 when he skates with the Colorado Avalanche this season.

Denver Post
He made the announcement via his Twitter account. MacKinnon wore No. 22 in the QMJHL with Halifax, but Matt Hunwick currently occupies that sweater on the Avalanche.
Avs to retire Adam Foote's jersey 08-13-2013
Adam Foote D COL
Adam Foote will have his No. 52 jersey retired by the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday, Nov. 2.

Denver Post
He played 17 of his 19 NHL seasons with the Avalanche/Nordiques and is the second-highest scoring defenseman in the franchise's history with 259 points in 967 games. Foote was also part of the team's Stanley Cup victories in 1996 and 2001.
Erik Karlsson expects to be ready for opener 08-13-2013
Erik Karlsson D OTT
Erik Karlsson expects to be 100 percent when the regular season begins.

He is currently in Sweden where he is participating in some Olympic training. He spoke with Swedish reporter Marie Lehmann and said that even though he isn't fully back to normal yet, he feels he will be ready by the time Ottawa plays at Buffalo on Oct. 4 in their 2013-14 opener. Karlsson missed most of the lockout-shortened campaign because of severed Achilles tendon.
Dan Boyle wants to sign extension with Sharks 08-13-2013
Dan Boyle D NYR
Dan Boyle and the San Jose Sharks have had discussions about a contract extension.

CSN Bay Area
The veteran defenseman has one year left on his present contract and is set to earn $6.67 million. Boyle's agent, George Bazos, said that Boyle wants to remain in San Jose and he believes that he can be an effective player until he's 40. The 37-year-old blueliner had 20 points in 46 games last year and he accounted for eight points in 11 playoff contests. Bazos didn't rule out the possibility that something could get done before the start of the season.
Agent: Canucks, others looking at Doug Murray 08-13-2013
Doug Murray D CAL
According to Doug Murray's agent, Anton Thun, the Vancouver Canucks are among several teams interested in the services of the hulking defender.

Vancouver Province
"We've talked to them off and on all summer," said Thun referring to Vancouver. "At this point we're not close to signing. There are a group of clubs that have interest, so it comes down to the right circumstances and the right dollars. At this point in time there's a gridlock in terms of cap space and money availability with a number of clubs. Until some of that shakes out and the dominoes start to fall, I think the market is going to be tight. Whenever that starts to shake out, we'll react accordingly as to what might be the right place." The Canucks say they are keeping their options open as well. Murray skated in 43 contests last season split between with San Jose and Pittsburgh.
Robidas likely to remain in Dallas' top-four 08-13-2013
Stephane Robidas D TOR
Stephane Robidas is Dallas' only right-handed defenseman on their NHL roster.

Dallas Morning News
Trevor Daley and Sergei Gonchar have often played on the right side, but being an actual right-handed shot may help Robidas remain in the team's top-four defense group this campaign. It's also a good sign for him that new coach Lindy Ruff made him the second most used defenseman on Team Canada, behind only Dan Hamhuis, at the World Championships. Robidas may get a lighter load this year in Dallas with the arrival of Gonchar. It's also possible he could be traded at some point, but until that day comes he'll be an important veteran on the team.
Wings, Gustav Nyquist are making progress 08-13-2013
Gustav Nyquist RW DET
Gustav Nyquist and the Detroit Red Wings are making progress in their contract discussions.

"We've done a lot of talking in the last couple of weeks," GM Ken Holland said. "I anticipate getting it done. We're close on a one-year, talking two years." Nyquist reportedly would prefer two years, but the two sides aren't quite seeing eye-to-eye on dollar value so he may have to settle for a one-year deal.
Stars deny any tampering with Evgeni Malkin 08-13-2013
Evgeni Malkin C PIT
GM Jim Nill said the Dallas organization has not been involved in any tampering with Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin.

Dallas Morning News
"We have seen the reports that have surfaced out of Russia claiming that we have tampered and they are completely untrue," Nill said in a statement. "The Dallas Stars organization respects and adheres to all rules and regulations set forth by the National Hockey League and any report that claims otherwise is false." The NHL isn't expected to take action in the matter unless the Penguins file a grievance.
Evgeni Malkin is committed to Penguins 08-13-2013
Evgeni Malkin C PIT
Evgeni Malkin reiterated Tuesday via a text message that he wanted "only to play for Pittsburgh."

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
His agent, J.P. Barry, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that negotiations between his client and the Penguins was "super smooth because both sides wanted to get something done quickly." A report out of Russia surfaced on Monday from his father that Malkin received a contract offer from Dallas before he signed his lucrative extension with the Penguins. He is expected to arrive back in Pittsburgh in early September and he'll likely be asked about his father's comments.
Did Dallas offer Evgeni Malkin a contract? 08-13-2013
Evgeni Malkin C PIT
Evgeni Malkin's father, Vladimir, spoke with Russian website SovSport and he said that his son was offered more money by the Dallas Stars before he agreed to an eight-year/$76 million contract extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Dallas Morning News
Here's a translated excerpt from the interview: "You know, Dallas was offering my son an even bigger contract than Pittsburgh, and Zhenya responded 'No, I don't want to go there.' They signed Sergei Gonchar. His best friend is playing there. Why not take it? Zhenya said 'If at some point things don't work out with the Penguins and I have to leave, I'd rather go to the New York Rangers or Montreal Canadiens. There are several clubs. But I'm not rushing to Dallas. And I wouldn't like the change of moving my house and going somewhere else. I got used to Pittsburgh, the city and the team.'" Malkin was under contract with Pittsburgh at the time, so the Stars would have been tampering if they offered him a deal. Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News speculates that Gonchar may have asked Malkin about the possibility of signing with Dallas if he became a free agent. We believe the subject might have come up during a possible trade discussion. The NHL may look into the matter.
GM likes dynamic Derek Roy brings to Blues 08-13-2013
Derek Roy C WAS
St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong likes what the addition of Derek Roy could bring to the Blues' roster.

"We have bigger players, we have scoring centermen, we were looking for a playmaking centerman," Armstrong said. "I think Derek adds diversity to our group of forwards. When you look at the centermen we've had in the past, maybe size down the middle was one of our strengths ... we have [David] Backes and [Patrik] Berglund, they're big men; we have a different component in Derek. We're hoping he's going to create offense for players like Chris Stewart on the wing." Roy got a one-year contract from the Blues in July, so he could be motivated to secure a longer term deal for himself this year with a strong showing. He is projected to play on one of the team's top three lines.
P.K. Subban not focused on expiring contract 08-13-2013
P.K. Subban D NAS
P.K. Subban isn't looking beyond this coming season and his expiring contract.

"I still have a season to my contract and I intend to honor it," Subban said. He inked a two-year deal with Montreal shortly after the season began, following the lockout, and will be a restricted free agent next summer. Subban captured the Norris Trophy for the 2012-13 campaign and if he can follow up that performance with another impressive year then he will be due for a substantial pay raise.
Lars Eller will be ready for training camp 08-13-2013
Lars Eller C WAS
Lars Eller reiterated Tuesday that he'll be ready to go when training camp begins next month.

"Two to three weeks after the incident, I was already back has 100 percent," said Eller, who suffered a concussion in Game 1 of Montreal's first-round playoff series versus Ottawa. He posted a career-high 30 points in 46 games last season and will be looking to build on that production this year.
Nazem Kadri anxious to get contract done 08-13-2013
Nazem Kadri C TOR
There hasn't been any progress in contract talks between the Leafs and restricted free agent Nazem Kadri.

Toronto Sun
"The closer and closer camp comes, the more of a distraction it is to me," Kadri admitted. "But I'm confident we'll come up with something. I know both parties want to get something done, it's just a matter of them getting some things together and putting the team back where it was. We have a solid foundation, a great group of guys and no one wants to leave." The Leafs may choose to sign Kadri, and fellow RFA Cody Franson, and trim down their cap total after training camp. The club could also give Kadri a one-year "bridge" contract before investing more years and salary into the 22-year-old center. In the meantime, Kadri has been working hard with Toronto's power skating instructor, Barb Underhill, and he has been practicing faceoffs as well.
Agent: KHL teams interested in Chris Tanev 08-13-2013
Christopher Tanev D VAN
Chris Tanev's agent, Ross Gurney, has revealed that his client is drawing interest from KHL clubs, but his focus is still returning to the Vancouver Canucks.

Vancouver Sun
"We are waiting to hear from them," Gurney said of the Canucks. "We did have some momentum for a period of time a couple of weeks back, but we haven't heard back from them since our last conversation. The only variable that has changed is that for whatever reason there seems to be an uptick in the amount of interest from the KHL." Gurney added that he has received calls from the Swiss Elite League as well. Vancouver assistant GM Laurence Gilman said Monday that he is confident that something will be worked out with Tavev, who is a restricted free agent.
Leafs start to add local talent to roster 08-13-2013
David Clarkson RW CLB
David Clarkson thinks having more Ontario-born players on the Toronto Maple Leafs is a good thing.

Toronto Star
"There haven't been many (Leafs) from the area," said Clarkson. "I'm lucky enough to play in this city where I wore that jersey as a kid. Bringing in guys from the home town is a great thing. We know what it's about. We have a lot of good hockey players in this area. It's great to have some of us come home and play." The Leafs have been criticized in the past for not trying to take advantage of Ontario-born players, who want to show off in front of family and friends. The club added Toronto-born forwards Clarkson and Dave Bolland to their ranks this off-season and they have five other local products who could be on their roster this year. However, Leafs' management insists they are simply bringing in the best players they have available to them.
Pens CEO comes to Sidney Crosby's defense 08-13-2013
Sidney Crosby C PIT
Pittsburgh CEO, David Morehouse, came to Sidney Crosby's defense Monday when the Penguins superstar received some criticism for getting preferential treatment at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Crosby was allowed to jump through the line because of his celebrity status, but Morehouse was adamant that Crosby's character not be judged for the situation. "To think he would flaunt his status and cut in line - that's not him, and anybody who has been around him or hockey knows that's not him," Morehouse said. "Anybody who has seen Sid in a public place knows his presence causes all kinds of commotion, and that he likes least to cause a big scene." Jan McKnight, who works as the DMV's community relations coordinator, said that Crosby didn't do anything wrong either.
Would Sens put the 'C' on Chris Phillips? 08-13-2013
Chris Phillips D OTT
Chris Phillips is another viable candidate to become Ottawa's next captain.

Ottawa Citizen
He is a veteran player who everyone looks up to, but he may not get the role because he has only one year left on current deal and his future with the club after that is unclear. Jason Spezza, who is believed to be the top contender to earn Ottawa's captaincy, has two seasons remaining on his contract.
Ryan Whitney may go unsigned until camps open 08-13-2013
Ryan Whitney D STL
Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal speculates that Ryan Whitney may have to wait until training camps open to sign on somewhere.

Edmonton Journal
"I still think Whitney makes a heckuva first pass out of his zone," Matheson said. "I think he can be a second unit power-play guy. Teams are always looking for defensemen. He'll get work. When? Who knows." He also believes that Nashville, Tampa Bay, Florida or the New York Islanders could be teams interested in Whitney.
Daniel Paille would love a third-line spot 08-13-2013
Dan Paille LW NYR
Daniel Paille may have a chance to move up to the third line this season.

Boston Herald
He has been a fixture on Bruins' fourth line over the past few years, but he played well for the team during the playoffs when he was given a chance to skate with Chris Kelly and ex-Boston winger Tyler Seguin. "I want to continue the trend that I had last year and build off that," Paille said. "If an opportunity comes up where I'm able to take advantage of the situation where I could play on that third-line spot, I definitely will. I'm not quite sure what the circumstances will be at this point. I'm not going to go in there with too many expectations. I'm going to go into training camp and see what the position will be. I definitely have no problem with Thorty (Thornton) and Soupy (Campbell) because we've done very well in the past."
Shawn Thornton unfazed with expiring contract 08-13-2013
Shawn Thornton RW FLA
Veteran tough guy Shawn Thornton has one year left on his contract, but he isn't thinking about ending his playing career.

Boston Herald
"I'm going to play until they rip the skates off me and tell me I can't anymore," he said. "I'm aware of how old I am, but I don't feel it. I think I've been consistent the last few years. But I'll show up and try to do everything in my power to be in good shape and be ready to go for the start of the season and contribute in a positive way." Thornton is excited about the changes Boston made in the off-season, notably the additions of Jarome Iginla and Loui Eriksson, and he's anxious to get back to playing.
Jon Gillies could be U.S. starter for WJC 08-13-2013
Matt Ford RW DET
Jon Gillies performed well during USA Hockey's evaluation camp at Lake Placid, N.Y., and he probably placed himself in prime position to be the starter for the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Calgary Herald
Gillies turned aside 19 of 22 shots in a 4-0 loss to Sweden and he was excellent in a 5-1 win over Canada during his exhibition starts. Calgary assistant GM John Weisbrod was pleased with the good reports he received from the young netminder's play. "From what I heard, he stood on his head and was just outstanding," he said. "We're thrilled about that. We've known since we drafted him that Jon's physical abilities are immense. Sky's the limit. He could be a top, top caliber NHL starter. We've really encouraged him about how important these camps are and to seize the moment; become THE guy for the U.S.A. program. It sounds like he took some very large steps in accomplishing that."