Wednesday, August 28, 2013
NHL Morning Links - Aug. 28
By Victoria Matiash
Fans of the Vancouver Canucks who love having the Sedins in the fold can (probably) rejoice. With each due to earn $6.1 million in the final year (2013-14) of their current contracts, Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin are reportedly close to signing extensions in Vancouver. In fact, the twins may have new deals in place before the start of this regular season.
Forward Phil Kessel, on the other hand, doesn't seem all too sure his future includes a new deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Entering the final year of his contract ($5.4 million), the 25-year-old doesn't anticipate an extension anytime soon.
Teemu Selanne was scheduled to meet with the head coach and general manager of the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday -- presumably to figure out where he would potentially fit into the Ducks' lineup through 2013-14. We should expect a "yea" or "nay" from the 43-year-old in regards to retirement shortly.
Forward Patrice Bergeron expects to be healthy for the start of Boston Bruins' training camp. The Bruins center was banged up badly (broken rib, torn cartilage, separated shoulder, puncture lung etc) during the Stanley Cup Final versus the Chicago Blackhawks.
Restricted free-agent defenseman Alex Pietrangelo remains hopeful a new deal can be hammered out with the St. Louis Blues before the start of training camp.
Here's ESPN's Pierre LeBrun's bit on the young NHL stars hoping to earn a roster spot with Team Canada for the 2014 Olympics. Meanwhile, the TSN panel outlines its projected Team Canada roster.
With at least five solid candidates in the mix, Team USA's goaltending battle could be a doozy. Also, here's what the American squad's jerseys look like.
As promised, the New Jersey Devils re-signed forward Adam Henrique without issue. Henrique is locked in with the Devils until 2019 with a six-year, $24-million deal.
Veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen of the Philadelphia Flyers may have more gas in the tank than we thought. Timonen hints 2013-14 may not be his final season after all.
Newly signed in Vancouver, Brad Richardson plans to fight for the third-line center spot with the Canucks.
New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal says he feels "really good" and is ready to go after suffering a serious eye injury last season.
This year's No. 3 overall draft pick says his left foot is "fine", and he's pumped to attend training camp with the Tampa Bay Lightning this fall. Forward prospect Jonathan Drouin also claims to have put on seven pounds of muscle over the summer.
The Edmonton Oilers are giving Linus Omark another go. Parting ways at the end of the 2011-12 season, the Oilers and the 26-year-old forward have just agreed to a fresh one-year, two-way deal. Omark spent last season with Zug of the Swiss Elite League.
Acquiring Rich Peverley as part of this summer's blockbuster trade with the Bruins, the Dallas Stars could use the versatile forward in a wide variety of roles.