Jun 5, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) and Boston Bruins left wing Daniel Paille (20) battle for the puck during the second period in game three of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Roundup: Your Morning Links

Welcome to your NHL Roundup, where we provide you with your Morning Links from around the NHL.  The action on the ice may be over but there is never an off-season off the ice.

Looks like we’re staring down Jordan Stall part deux with Kris Letang and the Penguins. The star defenseman reportedly turned down a 8 year/$54M deal from the team and could very well have sealed his fate:

Letang, a finalist for the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman,declined an eight-year contract that would have paid him around $54 million, sources told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. However, his agent, Kent Hughes, stressed late Thursday that Letang remains only interested in playing for the Penguins.

“We have exchanged offers,” Kent told the Tribune-Review in a text message. “But [we] have yet to reach an agreement.

You know things are well and truly screwed up when someone from Michigan State makes sense but their Athletic Director thinks the NHL is playing too many outdoor games. Agreeing with him, I no longer know what to do with myself: 

Mark Hollis was asked at the Associated Press Sports Editors national conference on Thursday about the league’s expanding schedule of outdoor games, and he didn’t hold back.

“Too many to be frank,” he said Thursday.

Hollis helped to start a trend of playing hockey in large outdoor venues in 2001, when the Spartans played Michigan in their football stadium.

Dan Bylsma has been selected as Team USA’s coach for the 2014 Sochi Olympics despite his team’s implosion in big situations:

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma has been chosen to coach the U.S. men’s hockey team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the Tribune-Review reports, citing sources.

Penguins general manager Ray Shero also will be part of Team USA, serving as associate to GM David Poile, according to the paper.

And in a move that’s supposedly been right around the corner for two years now, Canucks GM Mike Gillis says they will try to trade goaltender Roberto Luongo soon:

Now that new coach John Tortorella has been hired, Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis can try to complete a long-delayed project in conjunction with Sunday’s NHL draft — trading goaltender Roberto Luongo.

“We’re going to try and accomplish that goal,” Gillis said this week. “We’ll see what happens.”

If other teams do not find the nine years remaining on Luongo’s US$64-million contract onerous, his trade could help the Canucks acquire a veteran or some young talent in the form of prospects or draft picks. But Gillis will not be dealing from a position of strength.

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