Jun 30, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Aleksander Barkov poses with team executives after being introduced as the number two overall pick to the Florida Panthers during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-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.

Remember when talking heads who know nothing lambasted Ilya Kovalchuk for leaving $77M on the table? Turns out getting $80M over four years with a quarter of the tax rate is a better deal:

The deal, announced on the team’s website, comes four days after Kovalchuk announced his retirement from the NHL, leaving the New Jersey Devils despite having 12 years and $77 million remaining on his deal with the club.

“The desire [to come to the KHL] first appeared during the lockout,” Kovalchuk said during a question-and-answer feature that appeared on the Russian site sovsport.ru, according to a translation by NHL.com/ru writer Slava Malamud. “I liked everything.Saint Petersburghas a great infrastructure, great fans, competent management. I was pleasantly surprised. And when I came back toAmerica, after the season was over, I took a firm position.

Fan-favorite Ron Hextall is returning to the Philadelphia Flyers.  No, he’s not here to solve the goaltending issues:

The Philadelphia Flyershave hired a familiar face, Ron Hextall, as assistant general manager and director of hockey operations.

Philadelphia general manager Paul Holmgren made the announcement on Monday, as the Flyers welcomed back one of the most successful goaltenders in franchise history.

The Carolina Hurricanes have come to an agreement on an entry-level deal with fifth overall pick Elias Lindholm:

Lindholm signed his deal during a ceremony Monday at team headquarters.

The versatile forward will make $832,500 at the NHL level or $70,000 in the minors in each of the three years. He will receive a signing bonus of $277,500.

And finally, joining the parade of first round picks to sign, second overall pick Aleksander Barkov has agreed to an entry-level deal with the Florida Panthers:

The 17-year-old Finnish center currently plays for Tappara Tempre of SM-liiga. In 53 games with Tappara last season, he scored 21 goals and added 27 assists.

“We are pleased to have signed Aleksander,” said Florida general manager Dale Tallon. “He is a mature, strong and skilled forward who plays well at both ends of the ice and strengthens our line-up down the middle. Aleksander is a creative and dynamic player who our fans will enjoy watching. We look forward to his contributions to our organization both on and off the ice.”

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