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NHL Chatter: Yakupov, Staal, Mueller, Marchand, Plekanec

Edmonton Sun: Nail Yakupov will have a new number this coming season. He has ditched number 64 and will be wearing his favorite number, 10.

Chip Alexander: Carolina Hurricanes star forward Eric Staal has had surgery for a core muscle injury suffered in offseason training. He should be ready for training camp.

Andy Strickland: The St. Louis Blues have signed free agent Peter Mueller for $700,000 in the NHL, $250,000 in the AHL with $350,000 guaranteed.

CSNNE.com: Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec isn’t very well-liked or well-respected within the Boston Bruins dressing room. Here are Brad Marchand’s comments about Plekanec.

“There are a few guys out there that really irritate,” said Marchand, who it should be noted has authored his own adventures in embellishment over the years. “Tomas Plekanec from Montreal…I hate him. I can’t stand him. No, I probably shouldn’t say that. I dislike him very much. Now somebody is going to call and get mad at me tomorrow.”

Jake Gardiner signs 5-year, $20.25M contract extension

The Score: Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner has signed a 5-year, $20.25M contract extension.

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Michael Frolik signs 1-year $3.3 Mil contract with Jets

Sara Orlesky: The Winnipeg Jets have agreed to a 1 year, $3.3 million deal with Michael Frolik. Frolik’s arbitration hearing was set for July 31, 2014.

Career Stats for Michael Frolik:

Latest Contract Signings: Leafs, Red Wings, Rangers

tsn.ca: The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forward Daniel Winnik to a one-year contract worth $1.3 million. Winnik, 29, scored six goals and added 24 assists with a plus-6 rating over 76 games last season with the Anaheim Ducks.

tsn.ca: The New York Rangers have agreed to terms on a five-year $25 million deal with forward Derick Brassard.

ESPN.com: The Detroit Red Wings agreed to terms with Tomas Tatar on a new three-year deal. Tatar’s AAV for the deal is $2.75 million per season.

NHL Rumors: Oilers, Pens, Habs, Red Wings, Avs

Edmonton Journal: The Edmonton Oilers are in need of a center and have interest in Pittsburgh Penguins’ RFA Brandon Sutter. The Colorado Avalanche are also interested in Sutter.

NHL.com: Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban has stated he intends to sign with Montreal long term as his arbitration hearing approaches.

Mlive.com: Detroit Red Wings restricted free agent defeneman Danny DeKeyser has not yet re-signed with the Red Wings. The second-year defenseman doesn’t expect there to be any issues in reaching a new contract.

“There won’t be any problems,” DeKeyser told Fox 17 while in Portage to play in annual Western Michigan Hockey Alumni and Friends golf outing. “It’ll be done before camp.

“So, no one needs to worry about that.”

NHL Rumors & News: Red Wings, Devils, Jets, Alfredsson

The Detroit News: The Detroit Red Wings are not done looking for veteran defenseman help. They still hope to make a trade for a right-handed d-man after they were shut out in free agency. Right-handed defenseman available for trade with a right-handed shot are the Caps Mike Green, Sabres Tyler Myers and the Oilers Jeff Petry.

NorthJersey.com: The New Jersey Devils need to get younger. The Devils will have 14 forwards with an average age of 32 on opening night. Only five will be younger than 30. Jacab Josefson, 23, and Adam Henrique, 24, will be the only ones under 28.

Gary Lawless: The Winnipeg Jets and Michael Frolik could be close towards a deal.

The Score: Daniel Alfredsson will be waiting until late August to decide if he wants to return to the Detroit Red Wings or Retire.

James Reimer signs 2-year contract extension

TSN.ca: James Reimer and the Toronto Maple Leafs have agreed to a two-year contract extension, avoiding salary arbitration.

In four seasons with the Maple Leafs, Reimer, 26, has appeared in 140 career games, compiling a 65-48-15 record with a 2.84 goals-against average and .912 save percentage with 11 shutouts.

James Reimer career stats:

Reactions to Reimer’s new contract:

NHL Rumors & News: Islanders, Senators, Habs

NHL.com: New York Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin has agreed to terms on a one-year contract. Poulin’s contract will pay him $650,000 in the NHL and $175,000 in the minors.

The Ottawa Sun: NHL teams have been reporting that wingers Colin Greening and Eric Condra are both being made available for a trade.

The Gazette: Lars Eller has agreed to terms on a new four-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens. The deal is worth $14 million, paying Eller, 25, $2.5 million in each of the first two seasons and $4.5 million in last two.

Karan Thakur: Unrestricted free agent Peter Mueller is getting lots of interest from NHL teams. Mueller led the Swiss league in goals last year, was second in points.

NHL Chatter: Predators, Sharks, Senators, Habs

Jason Kay: Former Nashville Predators enforcer Patrick Cote has been sentenced to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty to two bank heists.

CSN Bay Area: If the San Jose Sharks were going to move Antti Niemi, he would have been traded earlier this offseason. Expect Niemi and Alex Stalock to be the two NHL goalies in training camp in September, and it’s going to be an open competition for playing time.

ESPN.com: Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan is entering the last year of his deal and could be the next big name traded from Ottawa.

Craig Morgan: Hearing Montreal Canadiens forward Lars Eller requested a $3.1M arbitration salary and the Habs offered $1.65M.

Will Stamkos play for the Leafs when contract expires?

Steven Stamkos was in Toronto yesterday and he was asked if he would play for the Toronto Maple Leafs when his contract expires in 2016.

Stamkos responses:

“We’ll see what happens. It’s a couple years away,”

“For me, that’s the important thing is getting a chance to win. It looks like we’re going to have that chance for a couple years.”

If the Toronto Maple Leafs have a contending team in two years, there is a very good possibility Stamkos could leave Tampa and sign with the Leafs.

Ryan O’Reilly signs 2-year deal with Avs

Ryan O’Reilly and the Colorado Avalanche have agreed on a two-year, $12 million deal, avoiding arbitration.

Here are some fan reactions about the signing:

Rant Sports 24/7: Despite New contract, Repairs Needed in Relationship between Ryan O’Reilly and the Avs

Jakob: Happy about the Ryan O’Reilly deal but still seems like the same situations will be happening. I expect him to be traded next year….

Jason Ki Joon Byun: A 2 year deal for Ryan O’Reilly, huh? My thoughts: Colorado had better trade him. He’s leaving once he gets that 7th year of service time.

Ryan O’Reilly career stats:

NHL Notes: Penguins, Rangers, NBC TV Schedule

Pittsburgh Penguins: The Pittsburgh Penguins have named Jacques Martin senior advisor of hockey operations. His duties will include monitoring NHL games, with an emphasis on Eastern Conference teams, assessing how the Penguins compare to the competition.

Pat Leonard: The New York Rangers and Chris Kreider have agreed to a two-year, $4.95M deal. Breakdown: 1st yr: $2.35M, 2nd yr: $2.6M

NHL.com: NBC Sports Group announces 2014-2015 hockey TV schedule. Returning to the NBC broadcast booth will be two-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play voice Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire.