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