Penguins re-sign Rutherford, plus updates on Luongo, Kucherov & more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines.


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It's possible Roberto Luongo could miss the start of 2016-17 campaign.

Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo could miss the start of 2016-17 campaign.

MIAMI HERALD:  Florida Panthers GM Tom Rowe suggested starting goaltender Roberto Luongo, who underwent offseason hip surgery, might not be ready to start the 2016-17 season. Meanwhile, the Panthers yesterday signed goalie James Reimer to a five-year deal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Panthers evidently seek Reimer as both short-term insurance in case Luongo isn’t ready for the start of this season and as the veteran’s eventual replacement. 

TRIBLIVE.COM:  The PIttsburgh Penguins re-signed general manager Jim Rutherford to a three-year contract and assistant coach Jacques Martin to a two-year deal.

TAMPA BAY TIMES:  After re-signing Steven Stamkos on Thursday and defenseman Victor Hedman and goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy on Friday, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is confident of getting sniper Nikita Kucherov under contract.

NBC SPORTS: Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray admits his patience with left wing Evander Kane is growing thin in the wake of his latest off-ice issues. Kane is currently under investigation by police after two women filed harassment complaints against him over a recent incident in a Buffalo-area nightclub.

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes hired former NHL netminder Curtis Joseph as their goalie consultant.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS:  The Rangers hired former Blueshirt Jeff Beukeboom as assistant coach.

CSN CHICAGO:  The Blackhawks recently placed defenseman David Rundblad on buyout waivers