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January 9, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Washington Capitals vice president and general manager George McPhee addresses the National Hockey League lockout during a press conference at the Westin New York in Times Square. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-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.

THN’s Adam Proteau with a fantastic piece on the quiet summer had by the Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals and why they shouldn’t be standing pat:

It’s nearly August, for hockey gods’ sake. Does anyone want to tell Sabres GM Darcy Regier and his Capitals counterpart George McPhee? Both are doing their best statue impersonations at a time in each team’s history that cries out for at least a modicum of change. Yet with their near-total absence of action, both are making the case that the rosters that failed so spectacularly somehow deserve another chance.

Hockey Canada is set to unveil their coaching staff for Sochi today, comprised of Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock, Stars head coach Lindy Ruff, Bruins head coach Claude Julien, and Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock:

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger has learned that Hockey Canada will announce its men’s coaching staff for the 2014 Olympics on Monday.

The staff will be comprised of Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock, Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff, Boston Bruins’ Claude Julien and St. Louis Blues Ken Hitchcock.

The Philadelphia Flyers continue to spend money but this time signing their own guy.  Sean Couturier got a new two-year extension

Restricted free agent forward Sean Couturier will sign a contract extension with the Philadelphia Flyers, the club announced on Saturday. Couturier was headed into the final season of his three-year, $4.125 million entry-level contract in 2013, according to CapGeek.com.

And finally, today is salary arbitration day! Yay!:

Hearings open Monday and 10 of the 21 players who filed already have reached deals.

Under arbitration, each side submits a requested salary, and cases are based on player performance and salaries of comparable players. An arbitrator can choose either salary or a figure between. Teams can’t walk away from any award less than $3.5 million.

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