Latest on Steven Stamkos, Henrik Zetterberg, Sidney Crosby and Rick DiPietro, Avalanche re-sign Tyson Barrie, Dan Carcillo to try out with the Penguins and much more. 

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Mark Purdy wonders what is going on with the San Jose Sharks and how well the club will perform following a summer of uncertainty.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Stick tap to GJ Berg for the link. Purdy isn’t the only person wondering what the heck is going on with the Sharks. Management hinted at big changes this summer. Other than parting ways with Martin Havlat, Dan Boyle and Brad Stuart, little change actually took place. The Sharks will be worth following closely as this season unfolds.

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos committed to winning in Tampa Bay.

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos committed to winning in Tampa Bay.

THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: Steven Stamkos insists he accidentally favorited a tweet earlier this summer speculating he might do a LeBron James move and sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs, his hometown team. Stamkos claims he has no plans of bolting the Lightning and wants to win in Tampa Bay.  Speaking of the Lightning, their arena name has changed to Amalie Arena.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Lightning will open the vault to keep Stamkos in Tampa Bay. Should they continue their recent improvement Stamkos will have more incentive to stay. 

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg hopes to remain healthy this season. A back injury sidelined him late last season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A healthy Zetterberg will improve the Red Wings chances of clinching a playoff berth this season. 

THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche re-signed defenseman Tyson Barrie to a two-year, $5.2 million contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The new deal breaks down as $2.6 million per season. As the piece suggests, it’s a fair deal for both sides. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed Dan Carcillo to a professional tryout contract.

NBC SPORTS: The lawsuit brought about by Steve Moore against Todd Bertuzzi has been officially settled. Moore released a statement confirming the settlement.

NEWSDAY: Former New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro is taking a new career path: sports talk radio.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cue the “at least he won’t get injured on radio” jokes. DiPietro’s NHL career was derailed by a series of injuries.

OTTAWA SUN: QMI Agency has issued an apology to Sidney Crosby for its erroneous report earlier this week claiming the Ottawa police arrested Crosby on driving-related charges.

KUKLA’S KORNER: Montreal Canadiens legend Jean Beliveau is reportedly in frail health. His family requests privacy.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My thoughts are with the 83-year-old Beliveau and his family.