Updates on Steven Stamkos and Cody Hodgson, Blues re-sign Magnus Paajarvi, several free agents facing the end of their careers and more. 

No contract talks yet between the Lightning and Steven Stamkos.

No contract talks yet between the Tampa Bay Lightning and team captain Steven Stamkos.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Agent Don Meehan, who represents Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, said contract talks for his client with the Lightning have yet to begin. Meehan notes it’s simply a matter of timing, as it’s been less than a month since the Stanley Cup Final. Stamkos has a year remaining on his contract and is eligible next July for unrestricted free agency. The Bolts captain said he’s unconcerned about a new deal, expressing his hope of getting a deal done before the season opens.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s likely Stamkos will agree to a new deal with the Lightning before the 2015-16 season opens. However, the longer it takes, the more speculation over his future in Tamp Bay will grow. 

TSN: The St. Louis Blues avoided salary arbitration with forward Magnus Paajarvi, re-signing him to a one-year, one-way contract.

THE TENNESSEAN: After washing out with the Buffalo Sabres, center Cody Hodgson hopes to get his career on track with the Nashville Predators.

SI.COM: Daniel Briere, Brenden Morrow, Sergei Gonchar and Olli Jokinen are among this summer’s UFAs potentially facing the end of their NHL careers.

 NEW YORK POST: The Islanders staged a prospects scrimmage at Barclays Center, the club’s new home.

THE HOCKEY NEWS: The NHL is likely to have at least two expansion bids from Seattle.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The league would love to put a franchise in Seattle, but until a new NHL-worthy arena is built, they’re reluctant to commit. Ultimately, it could depend upon the possibility of the NBA returning to Seattle to make the NHL dream come true.