Edmonton Sun: Nail Yakupov will have a new number this coming season. He has ditched number 64 and will be wearing his favorite number, 10.

Chip Alexander: Carolina Hurricanes star forward Eric Staal has had surgery for a core muscle injury suffered in offseason training. He should be ready for training camp.

Andy Strickland: The St. Louis Blues have signed free agent Peter Mueller for $700,000 in the NHL, $250,000 in the AHL with $350,000 guaranteed.

CSNNE.com: Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec isn’t very well-liked or well-respected within the Boston Bruins dressing room. Here are Brad Marchand’s comments about Plekanec.

“There are a few guys out there that really irritate,” said Marchand, who it should be noted has authored his own adventures in embellishment over the years. “Tomas Plekanec from Montreal…I hate him. I can’t stand him. No, I probably shouldn’t say that. I dislike him very much. Now somebody is going to call and get mad at me tomorrow.”


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