NHL Morning Links: Aug. 1

We're trying something a little different on the NHL Rumor Central blog as the month of August dawns. Part of that change is a new "Morning Links" update, which will bring you a roundup of the latest buzz on all the usual fronts -- a quick-hit section to get your morning rolling with the latest news and analysis from all over the league. More to come, but without any further preamble, here are the links for Aug. 1:

Gary Bettman wants to bring an NHL team to Seattle, possibly as soon as 2014-15. An expansion NHL team.

The Flames have brought back a significant defenseman from 2012-13 on a two-year deal. Some believe that the team's status as a "rebuilding" team actually attracts up-and-coming players.

Teams in need of an extra scoring punch will have to look elsewhere than Zigmund Palffy. The Slovak legend has elected to retire at age 41.

After inking Joe Pavelski to a five-year extension, Sharks GM Doug Wilson has had talks with Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dan Boyle about possible extensions for them, as well. Each veteran is entering the final season of his current contract.

Former Duck, Coyote and Flyer Ilya Bryzgalov is training with Eric Granqvist of the Elitserien team in Farjestad. Both sides claim that he's not auditioning for a job there.

Good news for Jason Spezza owners in fantasy keeper leagues: new Senator Bobby Ryan is getting first crack at playing RW on his line.

Some believe that the market is dwindling -- if not "non-existent" -- for prodigal goalie Tim Thomas. The Panthers linger as a possible fit, though here's an argument against that idea.

One of the pieces that would have been sent to Calgary in a Jarome Iginla trade last season is poised to get more ice-time with the Bruins this season.

One area the Blackhawks will continue to try and improve this offseason -- possibly with a player addition -- is the power play.

Hoping to get Semyon Varlamov back on track, Avs coach Patrick Roy brought in his old goalie coach Francois Allaire. Meanwhile, here's a look at what the Avs could do with Paul Stastny, whose contract is up after this season.

The Red Wings believe Danny DeKeyser can be a Top 4 D-man, as well as play on both sides of special teams this season.

What to expect from Jordan Nolan of the Los Angeles Kings in 2013-14.

What will Dallas do with the No. 13 overall pick? Here's the latest on Radek Faksa.

Why Magnus Paajarvi may do better in St. Louis than in Edmonton.

Checking in on the negotiations between the Capitals and Marcus Johansson.

The Penguins have a potential rising star in Beau Bennett.