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NHL Morning Links - Aug. 15

8/15/2013

One of the big stories this offseason has been the potential for a new contract for three key New York Rangers: G Henrik Lundqvist, RW Ryan Callahan and D Dan Girardi. All three are entering the final year on their current deal. Here's an update on the Lundqvist front, and here's a post considering whether the Rangers should give him an 8-year deal.

Though he endured a number of significant injuries during the Bruins' playoff run, Patrice Bergeron appears to be on track to be healthy for the start of the 2013-14 campaign, and there's new buzz as to which players he'll have on his wings this season.

The Ducks have a pair of rookie defensemen that could make the roster out of camp in Sami Vatanen and Hampus Lindholm.

Pondering the impact of new Canadiens goalie coach Stephane Waite on Carey Price.

There are a lot of different options for the Red Wings to stick next to FA addition Stephen Weiss.

There's some talk that the Islanders could put Kyle Okposo on the line with John Tavares and Matt Moulson this season.

The latest update on Senators D-man Erik Karlsson.

At least one prominent NHL star is in favor of the NHL taking a hard-line stance against PEDs in the sport.

Vancouver's Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin are entering a pivotal season, as their contracts expire after 2013-14. Will they get a pair of new pacts to stick with the Canucks next summer?

The Flames have some interesting trade bait for this season, including Michael Cammalleri, Dennis Wideman and Lee Stempniak. Meanwhile, Cammalleri, Wideman, Mark Giordano and Curtis Glencross are amongst potential captains for the club.

Sticking on the captaincy front, the Stars will make their announcement during training camp or the preseason, and leading candidates include Jamie Benn, Stephane Robidas and Ray Whitney.

The latest stop for Gilbert Brule is Phoenix, with whom he'll attend camp this season on a tryout basis.

A look at the Top 10 defensemen in the Metropolitan Division.