Bruins re-sign GM Peter Chiarelli, updates on Valtteri Filppula, Darren Helm, Andrej Sekera and Thomas Kaberle, and more.
BOSTON HERALD: The Bruins have re-signed general manager Peter Chiarelli to a four-year contract extension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise there. Under Chiarelli’s tenure, the Bruins have risen to perennial Stanley Cup contender.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Jeff Blair asks, “In the wake of NFL concussion settlement, will NHL follow suit?”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considering the NHL’s sad history of ignoring its former players, I’m not holding my breath.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Former Red Wings forward Valtteri Filppula is enjoying a few final practice spins in Detroit before joining the Tampa Bay Lightning for training camp. Filppula signed with the Lightning this summer.
MLIVE.COM: Red Wings center Darren Helm is encouraged by the progress in his recovery from a back injury, but doesn’t expect to be ready for the Wings season opener in October.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Helm’s status could ensure Cory Emmerton, oft-mentioned in trade rumors this summer, could be retained.
STLTODAY.COM: Blues fans are likely to love pesky forward Maxim Lapierre, who signed as a free agent this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lapierre’s one of those players you hate, unless he’s playing on your team, then you overlook his annoying tactics if they help your team win.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Andrej Sekera is happy to have a clean slate with the Carolina Hurricanes, who acquired him via trade this summer from Buffalo.
YAHOO! SPORTS: Former NHL defenseman Tomas Kaberle is reportedly close to signing with the KHL’s Dinamo Minsk.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kaberle’s performance and value really declined after he was traded by the Maple Leafs in 2011. I daresay his NHL playing days are over.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: The Philadelphia Flyers have re-signed Brandon Manning to a one-year, two-way contract.