NHL Morning Links - Aug. 12

The Islanders are going to have a new captain this season after the departure of veteran D-man Mark Streit, and there doesn't seem to be a lot of dissension when it comes to the player who is the favorite to earn that designation.

More buzz on how much of a workload veteran Wild G Niklas Backstrom will get this season.

The Red Wings may add Daniel Cleary back to their roster for 2013-14, but first, they've got to clear some salary cap space. He may not wait for them to do so.

There are a few very different paths that Erik Cole's 2013-14 season might take, including one where he gets released or traded. Plus, more on the Stars' young skaters that will be playing key roles this season.

Will the Hurricanes re-sign Chad LaRose? Here's the latest on that front.

As part of the Bobby Ryan trade, the Ducks acquired promising young winger Jacob Silfverberg, and he might be installed on the top line alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry this season. Meanwhile, the Ducks have some questions to answer in net, as Jonas Hiller is entering a contract season (and the NHL sample on Viktor Fasth is promising, but small).

Though he's been mentioned as possible trade bait later this season, Ryan O'Reilly is going to be playing LW on the line with Matt Duchene and P.A. Parenteau for the time being.

The strength of the Coyotes' roster right now is on defense (and in goal), but here's a discussion on their relative goal drought, a problem that could potentially be fixed by making a free agent addition.

Who will line up next to Mike Richards and Jeff Carter in L.A. this season?