A look at the pressing issues of this NHL off-season, Ray Whitney on why he signed with the Dallas Stars, Scott Niedermayer hopes NHL continues to participate in the Olympics, and 61 thoughts on Rick Nash.

USA TODAY: Kevin Allen examines some of the pressing issues of this NHL off-season, including the pursuit of Shane Doan, the trade status of Roberto Luongo and Bobby Ryan, the ongoing saga of the Phoenix Coyotes ownership, the Predators seeking a defenseman, the Red Wings pondering a defensive move, and the possibility the Maple Leafs will make another move.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Doan saga will drag on into August, don’t expect Luongo or Ryan to be moved anytime soon, your guess is as good as mine as to the sale of the Coyotes to the Jamison group, the Preds and Red Wings might have to ponder what’s left in the free agent market as things are quiet in the trade market, which could also affect the Maple Leafs.

Whitney explains why he signed with the Stars.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: James O’Brien cited a recent interview given by Ray Whitney to an Edmonton radio station, in which he acknowledged the length of the contract offer he received from the Dallas Stars, and the goaltending of Kari Lehtonen, were factors in his signing with the Stars. Mike Halford, meanwhile, cites a recent interview given by NHL Hall of Famer Scott Niedermayer, in which he states his hope the NHL will continue to participate in future Olympics.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Regarding Olympic participation, it’s something the players want very much, while the team owners remain lukewarm over the issue. Future participation will be determined in the next CBA.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Aaron Portzline has 61 thoughts about departed Blue Jackets star Rick Nash.