• Jared Staal has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes. Staal had four goals and seven points in 53 AHL games last season. He also got his first taste of NHL action and was scoreless in two contests. He can earn $550,000 annually at the NHL level or $60,000 in the minors.
  • The Vancouver Canucks negotiations with restricted free agent Chris Tanev are moving slowly. “Restricted free agents without arbitration rights are in a classification all their own. There doesn’t seem to be any urgency right now but, eventually, we’ll make progress,” Tanev’s agent Ross Gurney said. The only negotiating weapon Tanev has is the possibility of an offer sheet from another team. The Canucks don’t have a ton of cap room, so an opposing squad might be able to out-muscle Vancouver with a sizable contract if they’re so inclined.
  • Tim Leiweke, who is taking over as Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment’s president, has high hopes for the Toronto Maple Leafs. In fact, Leiweke already has the Stanley Cup parade route planned out. “If you can all dream about that and get that in your mind, we’ll have something we’re all driven toward,” he explained. The Maple Leafs haven’t won the Stanley Cup since 1966-67. It would be a shock if they won it all next season, but they do seem to be moving in the right direction.

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