• The Columbus Blue Jackets have extended coach Todd Richards contract through 2014-15. “We believe Todd is one of the top young coaches in our game and he has had a steadying influence on our team since taking over as head coach in January 2012,” said Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen. “The hard work put in by Todd and our coaching staff has been a big reason for our team’s improved play and we are excited that he will continue to serve as our head coach.” The Columbus Blue Jackets got hot in the second half of the 2013 campaign and while they ultimately failed to make the playoffs, they certainly exceeded expectations. Richards will get to enter next season without the question of whether or not he’ll be re-sign hanging over him, but if the Blue Jackets regress, questions about his job security will still be raised.
  • Brad Richards will not be bought out by the New York Rangers this summer, according to Pierre LeBrun on Twitter.

    The Rangers will still have the option to exercise their final compliance buyout in the summer of 2014. Richards is still a great player, but with an annual cap hit of $6,666,667 through the 2019-20 campaign, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Rangers used their final compliance buyout on him when they get their final chance to next year.
  • The Ottawa Senators have confirmed that Daniel Alfredsson will play in the 2013-14 campaign. Alfredsson had been considering retirement, but it looks like the 40-year-old forward will stay on for at least one more season. He had 10 goals and 26 points in 47 games in 2013. The Senators still need to sign Alfredsson to a new contract, but that shouldn’t be a significant problem.

  • The Philadelphia Flyers are reportedly looking to acquire Jaroslav Halak. The St. Louis Blues are apparently willing to part with him for a very good, but not top player. Halak had a 2.14 GAA and an unappealing .899 save percentage in 16 games. It wouldn’t be surprising if the Blues moved him given that Halak only has a year left on his contract and the rise of Jake Allen last season has provided the Blues with three NHL-caliber goaltenders.
  • Hockey USA has confirmed that David Poile will serve as the Team USA’s general manager in the upcoming 2014 Olympics.

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