Fans of the Colorado Avalanche and/or Adam Foote should mark Nov. 2 on their calendars. Ahead of that night's contest with the Montreal Canadiens, the club will retire the former defenseman's No. 52 jersey. Foote played 19 seasons in the NHL -- 17 with the Avalanche/Nordiques franchise.
Once RFA forward Gustav Nyquist is signed, the Detroit Red Wings will be two roster players over the regular-season limit of 23 (and slightly over the salary cap). Unless GM Ken Holland can pull off a trade with another NHL squad before the season starts, forward Patrick Eaves is in danger of being waived/demoted.
Goaltending prospect for the Calgary Flames, Jon Gillies, is the early favorite to represent the U.S. world junior team this winter.
There's word -- via the player's father --that the Dallas Stars made Evgeni Malkin a richer offer than what he received to sign an extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The fact that Malkin was, by no means, free to be negotiating with another NHL club is the most interesting part of the story. For their part, the Stars deny any such overture took place. And, unless the Penguins file a tampering-related grievance, the league isn't expected to get involved.
Habs' forward Lars Eller claims to be symptom-free and eager to compete after suffering a concussion during the Canadiens' first-round series against the Ottawa Senators.
As yet unsigned and in position to take a significant pay-cut, veteran defenseman Ryan Whitney may have to wait until training camp to hook up with an NHL squad. But there's no doubt he'll catch on somewhere. Along with Ron Hainsey, Whitney is one of the few valued UFA D-man still available.
Defenseman Chris Tanev is, in a roundabout way, threatening to bolt for the Kontinental Hockey League or top Swiss league if the Vancouver Canucks don't offer up a deal to his liking. But the 23-year-old restricted free agent also makes it clear he wants to remain with the Canucks. Despite sitting squished up against the salary cap ceiling, Vancouver still needs to add a blueliner to its roster.
Veteran Dan Boyle feels there's plenty of gas left in the tank. Via his agent, the 37-year-old defenseman is discussing what's believed to be a multi-year extension beyond 2013-14 with the San Jose Sharks.
If not Jason Spezza ... veteran defenseman Chris Phillips may be the top choice to become the new captain of the Senators.