With the NHL regular season over be sure to check out our updates on the upcoming 2012 NHL Entry Draft and updates on the Collective Bargaining AgreementBelow are some of todays Quick Hits:

  • The Montreal Canadiens are looking to fill their General Manager vacancy, and one guy they’ve asked permission to talk to is Chicago Blackhawks assistant Marc Bergevin, the Chicago Sun-Times reports, adding that talks probably won’t become “fully engaged” until the Hawks’ season is over.
  • Bobby Ryan tells the Orange County Register’s Eric Stephens, “I think we’ve got something good to build on,” adding that his confidence was at an “all-time high” under new coach Bruce Boudreau.
  • The New York Post’s Larry Brooks is reporting that New York Rangers prospect Chris Kreider is flying home from Tampa, Florida, and that there’s no “indication he is on the verge of signing with” the Rangers. This probably means the first we’ll see of Kreider will be next season.
  • Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo reports that the Minnesota Wild want to keep defenseman Clayton Stoner. Coach Mike Yeo told Russo, “We’d like to get more games from him, but he’s a valuable piece.” also Russo reports it appears unlikely that the Wild will tender Guillaume Latendresse a $2.5 million qualifying offer.
  • Coach Lindy Ruff might now be the favorite to coach Team Canada at the World Championships. The Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson adds that Tom Renney, Kirk Muller, Guy Boucher, Bruce Boudreau, Randy Carlyle and Randy Cunneyworth.

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