NHL Quick Shifts is a daily series where we gather up links to other interesting stories from the FanSided NHL blogosphere, as well as other NHL / hockey blogs. So with that, here is today’s edition of Quick Shifts!
- Pittsburgh Penguins To Make Qualifying Offers To RFAs: The Pittsburgh Penguins have five restricted free agents this off season and are expected to make an effort to retain all of them. According to Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh will make qualifying offers to Bobby Farnham (F), Jayson Megna (F), Brandon Sutter (F), Simon Despres (D), and Philip Samuelsson (D). [ Pens Labyrinth ]
- Chicago Blackhawks Name / Logo: Blackhawk Up has a great explanation of the Chicago Blackhawks name and logo, and why fears the that the United States Government may look their way next (after revoking six Washington Redskins patents) could be unfounded. While the Redskins name and the Cleveland Indians use of the Chief Wahoo logo have caused controversy, the Chicago Blackhawks name or use of Native American imagery has never been brought into question. For the time being, that is not likely to change. [ Blackhawk Up ]
- Drew Remenda Discusses His Split With the San Jose Sharks: Along with Joe Thornton trade rumors and discussions of a rebuild, the San Jose Sharks also announced that fan favorite broadcaster Drew Remenda would not return to the booth next season for the Sharks. Remenda has been a staple of Sharks broadcasts for over a decade now, so the news was shocking and had Sharks fans outraged. Remenda went on the Marek vs Wyshynski podcast yesterday to discuss his dismissal, as well as talk about his time with the Sharks. Remenda is upset about San Jose’s decision, but as is usual, the interview is upbeat and some great stories are shared. [ Puck Daddy ]
- Brian Campbell Wants Out Of Florida: According to Fox Sports Midwest, Florida Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell wants out of Florida. Campbell was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks by the Panthers in 2011. The big problem for Campbell is the $7 million cap hit the 35 year old blue liner carries. It is very unlikely any team would want an aging defenseman to take up that big of a hit to their cap space. Still, Campbell lead the Panthers in ice time and has never missed a game for Florida. [ The Rat Trick ]