* The Pro Hockey Talk boys say that Phil Kessel is still not talking contract extension with the Maple Leafs, and that may not change before the season begins.
* FOH (Friend of Haggs) Katie Carrera details how Alex Ovechkin is doing his level best to represent both the Washington Capitals and Mother Russia with the Olympics looming this winter.
* Alex Pietrangelo will miss the start of training camp while haggling over a new contract with the St. Louis Blues.
* Dan Cagen has the story of defenseman prospect Joe Morrow, who is hopeful he’s found a home with the Bruins after a bumpy first pro season.
* Former Bruins forward Chuck Kobasew will get a training camp invite to the Pittsburgh Penguins. That’s one player the Bruins probably could have taken a look at if they wanted to go the veteran route.
* For something completely different: Grantland has a “Breaking Bag” mailbag after last week’s episode.