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NHL Morning Links - Aug. 9

8/9/2013

Negotiations appear to be at a standstill between the Rangers and RFA Derek Stepan, and there's also no update on the negotiations with Henrik Lundqvist (who hits free agency next offseason). Elsewhere on the roster, the Rangers expect Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin to do some skating in training camp, but do not expect them to play at the start of the season.

The Islanders' Matt Moulson is entering the final year on his contract, too, so what's the latest on that front?

More on the rumored pairing of Jason Spezza and newcomer Bobby Ryan with the Senators.

The Maple Leafs have big decisions upcoming on Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel, who will both hit unrestricted free agency next offseason without new deals. Meanwhile, another look at the goaltending battle between incumbent James Reimer and offseason acquisition Jonathan Bernier.

The Teuvo Teravainen bandwagon continues to grow, well before his first NHL game.

An impasse between the Blues and RFA Alex Pietrangelo (they appear to be about $1 million per season apart on talks), and the D-man's reps aren't afraid of holding out into the start of the season, based on what they've done with other clients in the past.

Fantasy alert: The Ducks may lean on Nick Bonino to play a bigger role this season, with or without Teemu Selanne back on the roster.

A closer look at what type of role Darren Helm will play for the Wings this season, as long as he's healthy.

Did the Stars make a mistake by not adding a legitimate competitor for Kari Lehtonen in net this season? Dan Ellis is a lot of things, but a No. 1 NHL netminder he is not at this stage of his career.

A roundup of all the latest buzz on the Devils' ownership situation.