The agent for Brad Marchand told CSNNE.com in a Friday afternoon email thatthere is no agreement on the immediatehorizonbetween the BostonBruins and his restrictedfree-agent client. There have been some talks in the last few weeks, but summer Stanley Cup plans and a shortoff-season have slowed progress on a potential two-year deal.Marchand conducted an interview with a Canadian TV station earlier this week, and reinforced his belief that a deal will get done with Boston at some point this summer. The Bruins announced on Wednesday that training camp will begin on Sept. 16, so now there's a firmdeadline date in place for both sides to reach an agreement on a new contract.
"Discussions wBruins are ongoing," said Marchand's agent,Wade Arnott, "but nothing is imminent - we continue to work toward a resolution."
-- JOE HAGGERTY
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while so glad to see Dave Strader getting the play-by-play call in this afternoon’s national NBC broadcast of Stars and Bruins from Dallas.
-- Jeremy Roenick weighs in with some trade possibilities involving Avalanche and Blues players in what could be a blockbuster at the deadline.
-- Antoine Vermette acknowledges his wrongdoing in making a statement about his 10-game suspension for slashing an official, but feels like the punishment was too severe.
-- Don Cherry wishes a happy 40th anniversary to Slap Shot while wearing a Charleston Chiefs jersey as he hosts Coaches Corner.
-- Speaking of Slap Shot, what an Old Time Hockey fight between the AHL's Iowa Wild and Chicago Wolves. It spilled into the hallway afterward . . . that’s when things get real.
-- I've been asked multiple times about the white Boston hat David Pastrnak is always wearing in the Bruins dressing room, so here it is.
-- Here’s all the Dallas Stars info you need ahead of this afternoon’s 11:30 a.m. local start in Dallas for the Stars and Bruins.
-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning indicating that the mumps outbreak for his team won’t impact the trade deadline.
-- For something completely different: the headline seems a little click baity to me, but I’ll read about anything involving Homer Simpson and the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Washington Capitals remain on top, but it's time to recognize the Red Wings' 25-year playoff streak that will come to an end this spring.