Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: The Hurricanes will be without Tuomo Ruutu for 3 months, maybe longer due to hip surgery. Jiri Tlusty did play with Eric Staal last season, and could see time with Staal and Alex Semin. Jordan Staal would center the 2nd line, likely with Jeff Skinner. Zach Boychuk could be an option to replace Ruutu.
Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun: Alex Tanguay could be the frontrunner as Flames number 1 center spot. Mike Cammalleri or Jiri Hudler are other options. Mikael Backlund, Matt Stajan and Roman Cervenka may also come into play.
Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Jason Arnott has been skating with some Dallas Stars. He lives in Dallas and doesn’t have a contract. Heika doesn’t think the Stars are interested in signing him.
Bob McKenzie of TSN: 3 options for the Rangers regarding Wade Redden: 1. Give up assets or picks for a team to take him. 2. Send him to the AHL and absorb the $5 million plus cap hit and then buyout in the summer. 3. Absorb the cap hit and don’t play him anywhere, waiting for summer buyout period.