Anticipating this season’s NHL breakout players, the best and worst moves of this NHL offseason, an update on Nicklas Backstrom and more. 

Alex Galchenyuk could be poised for a breakout season.

Alex Galchenyuk could be poised for a breakout season.

SPORTSNET.CA: Mike Johnston lists his anticipated NHL breakout players for each team in the Eastern and Western Conference. Among them: Montreal’s Alex Galchenyuk, NY Rangers Ryan McDonagh, Pittsburgh’s Patric Hornqvist, Dallas’ Valeri Nichushkin, Arizona’s Sam Gagner and Los Angeles’ Tyler Toffoli.

TORONTO STAR: Kevin McGran lists this summer’s best and worst off-season moves. Among the best: The Blues signing Paul Stastny, the Capitals inking Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik, and the Maple Leafs hiring Brendan Shananan as team president. Among the worst: The Penguins trading James Neal to Nashville, and the Senators losing Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I disagree about the Capitals addition of Orpik, mainly because they overpaid to get him. I also disagree regarding the Neal trade, as the Penguins needed to shake things up. They got a good winger (Patric Hornqvist) in return. Given the reaction to the Leafs unwillingness to replace their head coach earlier this summer, I don’t think they belong among the best. 

CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom will receive his Olympic silver medal later this month.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes signed 2014 first-round pick Haydn Fleury to a three-year entry-level contract.

TSN.CA: The NHL “lost a court motion to dismiss a case filed by six fans who allege that its restrictions on local TV broadcasts are anti-competitive.”