newsobserver.com: Chip Alexander reports, It’s expected the Carolina Hurricanes will soon announce that former captain Rod Brind’Amour has agreed to join Paul Maurice‘s coaching staff for next season. General manager Jim Rutherford has talked several times with Brind’Amour about a coaching position since the past season ended. Brind’Amour, who retired as a player after the 2010 season, served as director of forwards development for the organization last season.
Dallas Morning News: Mike Heika reports, The Dallas Stars tried to sign Brad Richards to a long-term contract extension before the March trade deadline, but Richards declined, Nieuwendyk said, so the lenders running the team and the NHL were ready to move forward and spend money. While he said he does not have a specific budget for next season, he does expect it will be higher than the $47 million the team spent on payroll last season. “I think our first hurdle is to find out what our budget will be and we don’t have that number yet. We should know that soon,” Nieuwendyk said. “But by (the lenders) giving us the ability to go out and sign Brad, it says that our payroll will be higher, so we’ll have some money to play with. We’re looking at free agency, we have our list and the guys initially we want to target. There’s money to be spent and players to go get.”
Dallas Morning News: Mike Heika reports, A little bit of news on the Dallas Stars trickling in over the weekend, and hopefully there will be more this week. The biggest news is a source said that the offer that Brad Richards received before the trade deadline was his choice of either contracts that San Jose Sharks centers Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau recently signed.
Toronto Star: Kevin McGran reports, Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke likes the idea of having two first-round picks in the June 24 draft. And he likes the idea of moving up from 25th overall. So he’s trying to do both, packaging the team’s second-round choice with one of the first-rounders in search of a trade for one better pick.