NHL Morning Links: Aug. 5

No new contract extensions announced over the weekend, but there could be more in the coming weeks. For more on that -- plus the rest of the daily roundup, here are the links.

Checking in on the status of the talks between the Rangers and impending free agents Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi.

After the brutal hit that knocked him out of the playoffs, Canadiens forward Lars Eller is back, so what will his role be this season? And, here's an update on where veteran Danny Briere fits into the Habs' lineup as well.

Will any other Russian NHLers follow Ilya Kovalchuk's lead and go back to the KHL?

The latest on the negotiations between the Blues and RFA defenseman Alex Pietrangelo.

Why the acquisition of Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss will pay big dividends for Johan Franzen this season.

Will the Kings have Willie Mitchell on the ice for the start of the regular season?

Veteran D-man Ryan Whitney has not landed a new job yet, but here are two teams that might be interested.

Looking ahead to the goaltending battle in Toronto between incumbent James Reimer and new acquisition Jonathan Bernier.

After an offseason in which the Panthers were rumored to be interested in Roberto Luongo and Tim Thomas, is their answer in net already on the roster in the form of Jacob Markstrom?

After shoulder surgery in April, will Ryan Nugent-Hopkins be ready to play by the start of the season?

A roundup of all the chatter linking free agent C Mikhail Grabovski to the Capitals.

Will the Blackhawks push Brandon Pirri into a significant role after the departure of Dave Bolland, Michael Frolik and Viktor Stalberg?

Where will the newly acquired David Perron line up with the Oilers?

Another look at the Islanders' plan for replacing veteran D-man (and former captain) Mark Streit.