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 Winnipeg Jets have re-signed forward Blake Wheeler to a six-year, $33.6 million contract.
The club made the announcement Friday night and comes days after Winnipeg re-signed Wheeler’s linemate Bryan Little to a new five-year contract worth $23.5 million.
Wheeler, like Little, avoided arbitration by signing the deal.
Because collectors are weird and a little over the top (I know, I am one), there is a stick used by 13-year-old Wayne Gretzky up for auction:
When Wayne Gretzky was 13 years old, coach Ron St. Amand already had an idea to help his star player’s hockey career.
“I remember him saying to Wayne, ‘We’ve got to beef you up to get bigger to go on and play this as a career,’” Ron’s son Rick St. Amand recalls. “Wayne actually came and worked at our printing company, sweeping floors and emptying garbage pails and doing that kind of stuff.”
Kyle Palmieri and the Ducks also agreed to a new deal:
The restricted free agent agreed to the deal Friday.
Palmieri had 10 goals and 11 assists in 42 games with the Pacific Division champion Ducks last season, his first full NHL campaign. He added five points in Anaheim’s first-round playoff loss to Detroit, tying for the team lead with three goals.
And finally, in the re-signing spree, Blackhawks head coach Joel Quennville also got a new deal, featuring the greatest GIF ever:
Coach Quenneville is certainly deserving of such a deal. The man is on his way to the hall of fame as a coach and mustache aficionado. Players absolutely love playing for him, and (for the most part) Q and Stan have been on the same page as far as what it takes to win. The core has bought into his system, and the results speak for themselves. Coach Q is definitely chipping his face into the Mt. Rushmore of Chicago coaching legends with Ditka, Jackson, and Halas.
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