NHL Roundup: Your Morning Links

May 21, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Brad Richards (19) falls in front of Boston Bruins left wing Daniel Paille (20) during the second period in game three of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

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.

It seems as if Brad Richards, the New York Rangers forward who has long been speculated to be a buy out casualty, will be safe after all:

The New York Rangers have decided against using their final compliance buyout on forward Brad Richards this season.

The 33-year-old has seven years and $36 million left on his deal that has an annual cap hit of $6.667 million.

Richards was one of the most coveted free-agents during the off-season in 2011 before he chose to sign with the Rangers spurning reported offers from the Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames and Philadelphia Flyers.

The Red Wings have re-signed defenseman Jakub Kindl to a four-year deal:

The Detroit Red Wings and defenseman Jakub Kindl have agreed to terms of a four-year contract.

The 26-year-old Kindl was a restricted free agent. He’ll make $2.4 million a year under the new contract.

Kindl was drafted by the Red Wings in 2005 and made his NHLdebut in 2009.

The NHL has named it’s All-Rookie Team with Calder Trophy winner Jonathan Huberdeau leading the way:

Calder Trophy winner Jonathan Huberdeau of the Florida Panthers and fellow finalists Brendan Gallagher of the Montreal Canadiens and Brandon Saad of the Chicago Blackhawks are among those chosen for the NHL’s All-Rookie team Saturday.

Joining the three forwards were St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen, and defencemen Jonas Brodin of the Minnesota Wild and Justin Schultz of the Edmonton Oilers.

And in a move that may upset a few, especially those in Columbus, Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur has been named the NHL 14 cover athlete:

In a cover vote campaign that received 22 million votes online and an additional million votes through Twitter, Brodeur was selected as the cover athlete of the upcoming NHL 14 game.

“I’m really excited to get voted on to the NHL 14 cover,” Brodeur told the Devils website. “I think it’s a great honor for me and for my family to represent not just myself but the New Jersey Devils on the cover of the EA Sports NHL game.”

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Topics: Brad Richards, Martin Brodeur, New York Rangers, NHL 14

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