With a look to in-house content, Craig Custance discusses potential changes to the NHL's overtime rules (bye-bye shootout?). Custance also outlines which players in the East would be protected in a 2013 mock expansion draft. In the Summer Skate, Hockey Prospectus volleys projections for the Dallas Stars. Elsewhere ...
Now that Nazem Kadri is locked in with a two-year, $5.8 million deal, the bulk of attention turns to unsigned restricted free-agent Cody Franson. As of Wednesday morning, TSN's Darren Dreger suggests the Toronto Maple Leafs and defenseman remain far apart, as far as a new contract is concerned.
The Florida Panthers have invited veteran forward Brad Boyes to camp on a professional tryout. There's word the unrestricted free agent is opting for a shot with the Panthers over a similar opportunity with the New York Islanders.
There's also confirmation -- compliments of TSN's Bob McKenzie -- that the Florida squad has officially invited a rested-up Tim Thomas to camp, as anticipated. The veteran goalie's reps have reportedly been busy of late, trying to find the best fit for their client.
The Ottawa Senators and agent for RFA defenseman Jared Cowen have yet to agree on a new deal, but continue to talk. Meanwhile, the Senators are expected to name a new captain in the next couple of days. Forward Jason Spezza is considered the favorite to replace Daniel Alfredsson in the leadership role.
The New York Daily News suggests we shouldn't be surprised if the New York Rangers sign RFA Derek Stepan to a two-year "bridge" deal in the very near future. Even though the RFA forward would ideally prefer a long-term contract.