Updates on Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Reilly O’Reilly, Claude Giroux, Cory Schneider, Jason Spezza and more.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: New contracts for Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are still being negotiated and aren’t expected until sometime after the July 4th long weekend.

ESPN CHICAGO: Scott Powers reports a source claims tagging space is not to blame for the delay in getting new deals for Toews and Kane.

Avalanche turn focus on re-signing Ryan O'Reilly.

Avalanche turn focus on re-signing Ryan O’Reilly.

DENVER POST: Having made their moves in the UFA market, the Colorado Avalanche shift their attention toward RFA Ryan O’Reilly, who they’re taking to salary arbitration, though contract talks between the two sides can continue. Rival teams interested in sending O’Reilly an offer sheet has until Saturday, July 5, to do so.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The deadline for offer sheets for players heading to arbitration, and for players to file for salary arbitration, is 5 PM ET on Saturday, July 5. The deadline for a team to take a player to arbitration is 5 PM ET on Sunday, July 6. 

NHL.COM: Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux has issued a statement apologizing for his actions on Canada Day (groping a police officer’s buttocks) outside an Ottawa bar which led to his arrest, though no charges were filed.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: The New Jersey Devils are closing in on a new contract for goaltender Cory Schneider.

NBC SPORTS: Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill is “pretty confident” he can re-sign Jason Spezza, who he acquired in a trade on July 1 from the Ottawa Senators. Spezza is eligible for UFA status next summer.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Arizona Coyotes have hired former Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier as a senior vice-president and assistant general manager.

NHL.COM: Long-time NHL star Alex Kovalev has announced his retirement. “In 19 NHL seasons, he had 430 goals and 1,029 points in 1,316 regular-season games; he’s first among Russian-born NHL players in games played, third in points and fourth in goals. He had 45 goals and 100 points in 123 playoff games.” He also won a Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers in 1994.