May 28, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown (23) celebrates after a goal by teammate Justin Williams (not pictured) in the second period of game seven of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the San Jose Sharks at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-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.

The Los Angeles Kings have locked up Dustin Brown to a brand new eight-year extension, which means more DUSTIN BROWN LEADERSHIP #elbowsup:

The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to an eight-year contract extension with Dustin Brownthat will keep the team captain around through the 2021-22 season.

Brown had one year left on his current deal. He joins nine other Kings who have been signed to long-term deals, including Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar, Jonathan Quick, Mike Richards and Jarret Stoll.

Speaking of the Kings, former Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Rob Blake has joined the team’s management as assistant general manager:

The Los Angeles Kings have hired former NHL defenceman Rob Blake as assistant general manager.

Blake, who previously served in the league’s department of player safety after playing 20 seasons, replaces Ron Hextall, who left to take the assistant GM position with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Talks with the Olympic committee, trying to determine when and if the NHL will break for the Sochi Games next year, have stalled the release of the schedule:

The timing for when the National Hockey League releases the 2013-14 regular-season schedule is dependent on an agreement that is currently being worked on to send NHL players to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said Thursday that the schedule will not be released until the agreement between the NHL, National Hockey League Players’ Association, International Olympic Committee and International Ice Hockey Federation is completed.

And finally, Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf may be in line for big raises from the Maple Leafs (if the latter isn’t traded). What are they worth?:

The two marquee names on the Toronto Maple Leafs roster, Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf, are both slated for unrestricted free agency next July. Which means somewhere out there are agents and lawyers working for the players and on management’s side, furiously trying to determine exactly what the two are worth and what kind of contract each can reasonably expect on the open market.

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