Edmonton Journal: Even with signing a 1-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Cody Franson is on the trade block. Are the Edmonton Oilers be interested?
Washington Post: Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin and Russian tennis pro Maria Kirilenko have broken off their engagement.
NYPost: Chris Kreider and the New York Rangers could avoid a arbitration hearing. Kreider is seeking 2-years at $2.8 million and the Rangers for two years at an average $2.05 million.
Jason Kay: In the August issue of The Hockey News, Dale Hawerchuk says Aaron Ekblad’s “a bigger, stronger, Nick Lidstrom type of player.”