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Signing Stamkos; chatting with Fehr; Jets re-sign Hutchinson (Puck Headlines)

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• Wayne Gretzky got to see an old friend and Bill Guerin recently.

• Time is running out for the Tampa Bay Lightning to use their exclusive time to re-sign Steven Stamkos. Said GM Steve Yzerman: "He's an unrestricted free agent on July 1. I can't force him to sign a contract with us if he doesn't want to. If he wants to go to July 1, he has that right.” [Tampa Bay Times]

• Jimmy Vesey was surprised by Monday’s deal to the Buffalo Sabres, but still says he’ll go to Aug. 15 and explore unrestricted free agency. [Boston Herald

• John Gibson is now the man in goal for the Anaheim Ducks. [OC Register

• One NHL scout can see Auston Matthews putting up 65 points next season. [Buzzing the Net]

• Patrick Marleau won’t be leaving San Jose anytime soon. [Fear the Fin]

• Should the Detroit Red Wings pursue Andrew Ladd? [MLive]

• Keith Olbermann isn’t a big fan of the report that Ron MacLean will be back as host for Hockey Night in Canada. [Yahoo Eh Game

• Chatting with NHLPA head Donald Fehr about Olympic participation, drug testing and more. []

• The Winnipeg Jets have re-signed goaltender Michael Hutchinson to a two-year, $2.3 million deal. [Jets]

• “Everything has to be on the table,” says Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher after a not-so-good season. [Star Tribune]

• Breaking down the 2016 NWHL Draft by the numbers. [Today’s Slapshot

• Previewing what the Winnipeg Jets might do in free agency. [Jets Nation

• Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka has two first round picks and will ponder moving up or down in the draft. [Arizona Republic]

• Remembering the O’Brien Trophy, the Plus/Minus Award and other forgotten NHL trophies. [Puck Junk]

• “Nationwide Arena should finish in the black again this year, but disappointing casino-tax receipts that subsidize the publicly owned arena are forcing its operators to dip into a rainy-day fund to pay for capital projects and leaving its debt unpaid.” [Columbus Dispatch]

• Finally, Brent Burns meets up with Conor McGregor in Las Vegas:



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