Tuesday, August 20, 2013
NHL Morning Links - Aug. 20
By Tim Kavanagh
The New York Rangers and franchise goaltender Henrik Lundqvist still don't have a deal, but there have been some positive signs of development over the past few weeks. That trend continued Monday with the netminder's revelation that the two sides are talking about a new deal. Lundqvist -- as well as teammates Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi -- is only signed through the end of the 2013-14 season.
A roundup of Panthers injury news includes updates on Kris Versteeg, Sean Bergenheim and Ed Jovanovski.
There's talk of the Canadiens moving Alex Galchenyuk back to his natural position of center. Meanwhile, we began the Hockey Prospectus Summer Skate series on ESPN.com, and the series got rolling with a preview of the Habs.
Senators star defenseman Erik Karlsson delivers his opinion on how his gruesome Achilles tendon injury from 2013 will affect him this upcoming season.
The Hurricanes will have Elias Lindholm on the ice at the Traverse City tournament, despite an injury to the youngster earlier this offseason.
Will the Canucks bring back winger Mason Raymond?
Blues netminder Jaroslav Halak has had some trouble staying on the ice in recent seasons, so he changed up his offseason program in an effort to avoid those maladies in 2013-14 (which happens to be a contract season).
After moving around the lineup in 2013, 22-year-old Stars C Cody Eakin appears to be ticketed for a role as the third-line center this season.
Colorado is strong in some spots, but their situation on defense leaves us wondering if they'll make any additions down the road.
Veteran Nikolai Khabibulin is expected to start the season as Corey Crawford's backup, but there are high hopes that Antti Raanta will be a contributor at the NHL level sooner than later.
Is the Capitals' goaltending situation set in stone? At least one person doesn't believe so.