Updates on Halak and Oshie, Red Wings close to re-signing two player, TV contracts could factor into CBA talks, the Islanders could move to Brooklyn, and more.
STLTODAY.COM: Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak may be finally cleared for activity following a high-ankle sprain suffered three months ago. The Blues, meanwhile, appear headed to salary arbitration with forward T.J. Oshie on Friday in Toronto.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Halak should be good to go if the season begins on time this fall. Oshie and the Blues could still reach agreement on a contract prior to Friday’s hearing, but the fact GM Doug Armstrong is heading to Toronto a few days prior to the hearing doesn’t bode well for that possibility.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: New contracts may be coming soon for Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader and defenseman Kyle Quincey.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater wonders if Matt Duchene’s new contract might be affecting the Avalanche’s contract talks with Ryan O’Reilly.
LAKINGSINSIDER: Rich Hammond reports Dwight King’s new two-year contract with the Kings is worth $750K per season.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Modano is kicking around the notion of an NHL comeback.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I understand that it’s difficult for some players to move on with their lives when they retire, and if Modano appeared to still have enough left to be a good NHL player when he retired, perhaps it would be worth the effort. But it was painfully obvious Modano stuck around too long in his final two NHL seasons. It’s time for him to turn the page.
NEWSDAY: Steve Zipay suggests the NHL’s lucrative television contracts, something they lacked during the last lockout, could have an effect upon CBA negotiations this time.
SPORTING NEWS: Chris Botta on how Long Island’s reluctance to build the Islanders a new arena could see the team moved to Brooklyn when their current arena lease expires in 2015.