NHL division names and 2013-14 schedule could be announced today, the list for NHL salary arbitration dates is released, the latest on Jamie Langenbrunner, Jamal Mayers, Gilbert Brule and more.
THE SPORTING NEWS: cited a tweet from StarTribune.com’s Michael Russo stating the NHL could announce its 2013-14 schedule today, as well as the names for its new divisions and its Olympic agreement.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The schedule announcement and the names of its new divisions should go hand-in-hand. The Olympic agreement, however, could still take time. We’ll see…
NHLPA: released the 2013 salary arbitration schedule, which runs from July 22 to August 6. The hearings for Edmonton’s Sam Gagner and St. Louis Chris Stewart are slated for July 22.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: You can scratch Winnipeg’s Eric Tangradi from the list, as he re-signed with the Jets yesterday.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Moves made by Stars new GM Jim Nill (adding Sergei Gonchar, Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley, Shawn Horcoff and Dan Ellis) have brought hope to Stars fans, but it’s the results on the ice which count.
DENVER POST: New Avalanche executives Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy have shifted the club’s focus from cutting costs to building blocks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s lots of hope for hockey fans in Dallas and Denver this summer. Both clubs certainly need improvement. One among the league’s elite franchises, in recent years they’ve fallen on tough times. It remains to be seen, however, if the changes made by Nill, Sakic and Roy prove fruitful.
NEW YORK POST: There’s been no progress in contract talks between the Rangers and RFA Derek Stepan. The club could have roughly $4 million to re-sign Stepan and Mats Zuccarello, who has filed for arbitration.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: To retain both, the Rangers could be forced to dump a salaried roster player.
DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE: Former St. Louis Blues forward Jamie Langenbrunner isn’t ready to retire. He’s spoken to his agent about possibly signing with the Minnesota Wild.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word if the Wild are interested in signing Langenbrunner. He might have to consider a training camp tryout.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Jamal Mayers would like to return for another NHL season, but it remains to be seen if it’ll be with the Blackhawks, who have 22 players under contract and $1.2 million in cap space.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Having overcome personal issues, former NHL forward Gilbert Brule hopes to make a comeback.
METRONEWS.CA: Former Vancouver Canucks forward Manny Malhotra is shopping around for NHL opportunities.
NHL.COM: The Columbus Blue Jackets hired former Montreal Canadiens forward Blake Geoffrion as a pro scout. Geoffrion, 25, was forced into retirement by a head injury.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes recently signed 2013 first round pick (fifth overall) Elias Lindholm to an entry-level contract.