Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Morning Links: Money, retirement and more
- Joffrey Lupul skated for the first time since separating his shoulder in March and said he is "100 percent," according to the Toronto Star.
- Carolina GM Jim Rutherford tweeted that the team is close to signing Jeff Skinner to a new deal. The extension will be for six years at $5.725 million a season, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.
UPDATE: Skinner officially signed for six years for $4.35 million in 2013-14 and $6 million each of the five seasons after that.
- The Red Wings expect Tomas Holmstrom to make a decision about next season by the end of the month, Detroit GM Ken Holland told The Detroit News.
- Cristobal Huet's agent is shopping the goaltender to all 30 NHL teams as Huet looks to return to the NHL after playing the past two seasons in Europe, according to The (Vancouver) Province.
- The site plan to build a big-league arena in Markham, Ontario, will be submitted to the city this week, according to TSN. The arena is expected to seat more than 20,000 people, according to the report.
- Nashville radio personality Adam Davis is suing the Predators for injuries he suffered during the rehearsal of a human hockey puck promotion, according to The (Nashville) City Paper.
- The St. Louis Blues shuffled their front office staff, making Al MacInnis special advisor to GM Doug Armstrong and Dave Taylor the vice president of hockey operations, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
- Richard Park signed with HC Ambri Piotta in Switzerland after the Penguins did not offer the center a contract, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
- Former Oilers anthem singer Paul Lorieau was pulled out of Kinbasket Lake near Valemount, B.C., by rescue workers, according to the Edmonton Journal.
- New Jersey officials were not surprised by a lawsuit brought by the four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA against Trenton's plans to allow sports betting, according to NorthJersey.com.