Updates on the Blues, Canadiens and Jets, the latest on Mike Richards and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

Will the Blues improve next season?

Despite a lack of playoff success, the Blues remain a competitive team in the Western Conference. 

STLTODAY.COM: Blues chairman Tom Stillman preaches stability for his team’s roster, which he in part credits for the club’s improve financial situation despite a lack of notable playoff revenue. He feels the Blues will be a better team next season.

FORBES.COM: Eric Macramalla examines why there’s so little news on Mike Richards’ status since the LA Kings terminated his contract over a month ago. He notes the NHLPA has until August 29 (60 days from the date of the contract termination) to file a grievance on Richards’ behalf.

TRIBLIVE.COM: The pros and cons for an NHL team investing heavily in their star players in a salary-cap world.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens are closing their Hall of Fame at the Bell Centre on August 30.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets announced the Tulsa Oilers will serve as their ECHL affiliate.