Here’s your Monday links, folks!
Nashville Predators News and Notes
Around the League
Ovechkin arrives in China as ambassador for NHL
This is pretty cool for the “Great 8” to represent the NHL in China.
Marner talks with Maple Leafs 'bit of a slog,' like rest of NHL | NHL.com
Are any of these guys going to get signed?
Eriksson won't be given spot based on salary, Canucks coach says: report
An alternate title is: "Player is not a good fit for the current lineup but makes a ridiculous amount of money so we put him in the lineup because we can’t figure out how to trade him."
Bounce-back candidates debated by NHL.com
While Wayne Simmonds was never a fit here in Nashville, perhaps New Jersey will offer him an opportunity to get back to his old self.
Gusev sets Kucherov's point total as goal after joining Devils
Gusev has lofty expectations for his first NHL season. Will he be able to break through in New Jersey, or will he be dissatisfied and leave for the KHL?
McAvoy might not start training camp with Bruins: report
If I were a GM, I'd be insistent on starting my season with no outstanding contract obligations for any of my players. I feel like that's an unnecessary stressor in a turbulent NHL world.
Expansion Plan: Projecting the Los Angeles Kings' protection list for the 2021 expansion draft - TheHockeyNews
I enjoy reading the expansion draft plans for teams even though the Seattle Draft is two years away. Los Angeles should prioritize one thing: finding a way to keep youth in a veteran-heavy lineup.
Flames' Cam Talbot talks 'perfect storm' in final season with Oilers - Sportsnet.ca
It seemed like Cam Talbot was on fire just two seasons ago. He struggled mightily in 2018-2019 and will find himself splitting time in Calgary with Dave Rittich.
Sabres re-sign goalie Linus Ullmark to one-year contract - Sportsnet.ca
I don't have much to say about Ullmark as a goalie, but he always has really good masks. My favorite is the one that featured a minion from Despicable Me.
Chris Kunitz retires from NHL, joins Blackhawks as development adviser - Second City Hockey
Chris Kunitz retired late last week. He will join the Blackhawks as an adviser. Our friends at Second City Hockey have an update here.
What Montreal can learn from the Tampa Bay Lightning’s offensive game - Eyes On The Prize
Our friends at Habs Eye on the Prize investigate the Lightning's regular season success here. It's an interesting read.
Colorado Avalanche re-signs Vladislav Kamenev - Mile High Hockey
Former Predator Vladislav Kamenev has a new contract with the Avalanche. Hopefully this season is injury-free.
Have a great week, folks!