Apr 30, 2014; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi (31) makes a save against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period in game seven of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center at San Jose. The Kings defeated the Sharks 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

NHL News and Links - Quick Shifts: July 12th Edition

NHL Quick Shifts is a daily series where we gather up the latest NHL news and links from the FanSided NHL blogosphere, as well as other NHL / hockey blogs.  So with that, here is today’s edition of Quick Shifts! 

Apr 23, 2014; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets Brandon Dubinsky (17) celebrates a game tying goal with 24 seconds left in the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins in game four of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Leifheit-USA TODAY Sports

  • Philadelphia Flyers: Best Prospects Since 2000 – The Flyers inability to draft and develop prospects has been one of the biggest knocks against the franchise for the last 10-15 years. Broad Street Buzz takes a look at what the Flyers lines would look like today if they had held on to some of their prospects. In addition, they also rank the best Flyers prospects since 2000. [ Broad Street Buzz ]
  • Columbus Blue Jackets Sign Brandon Dubinsky To Six Year Extension – Lebron James was the biggest story out of Ohio yesterday, but prior to the Decision Part II, the Columbus Blue Jackets inked forward Brandon Dubinsky to a six year, $35.1 million extension. The deal includes a no movement clause until the 2017-18 season, and a limited no trade clause for the last years of the deal. Dubinsky is on board with Columbus for the long haul, and looks to be the favorite to earn the captaincy, if the Blue Jackets decide to ever designate one again. [ TMMOTS ]
  • The Sharks May Be In Deep Trouble – The Sharks? Trouble? There’s an understatement. Puck Daddy took a look at the state of the San Jose Sharks, and the picture isn’t pretty. [ Puck Daddy ]
  • Chicago Blackhawks Go “All In” With Kane and Toews – The Chicago Blackhawks have now set the bar high for teams looking to retain their cornerstone players. Chicago signed forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews to $10.5 million per year contracts, locking up both through the 2022-23 season. This amounts to $21 million spent on two players for the next nine years. [ FanSided ]

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