Mar 7, 2014; Sunrise, FL, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Ville Leino (23) breaks the stick of Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov (7) in the second period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

NHL News and Links - Quick Shifts: July 19th 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!

Mar 30, 2014; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Cam Talbot (33) makes a save against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

  • The Ideal NHL – The NHL will neither confirm or deny that they are working on expansion or looking to relocate financially struggling franchises. Gary Bettman and the NHL Board of Governors stood their ground in Phoenix and fought hard with the City of Glendale to keep the Coyotes in Arizona. It is unlikely what another franchise will be relocated in the near future, but expansion is always a possibility. Robert Nasso took a look at the ideal NHL, throwing out all limitations on expansion and relocation. [TMMOTS]
  • Cam Talbot still loves Ghostbusters in new, Zuul-themed mask – NHL goaltenders sure love their pop-culture themed masks. Cam Talbot has made one thing clear throughout his career: he loves the movie Ghostbusters. Back in 2010, his mask featuring Slimer and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. This mask was updated for the Rangers stadium series game. For the 2014-15 season, Talbot will have a mask featuring the mouth of the Zuul demon-dog on the front. Also included is Bill Murray. Here’s to hoping Talbot continues his Ghostbusters theme in future masks. [Puck Daddy]
  • Dmitry Kulikov agrees to 3 year / $13 million extension with Panthers – The Florida Panthers signed defenseman Dmitry Kulikov to a three year extension, worth $13 million. The deal locks up the Panthers cornerstone defenseman to a long term deal and makes him one of the highest paid players on the roster. A defensive defenseman, Kulikov earns his pay with hits and blocked shots, rather than goals and assists. [FanSided]
  • Pittsburgh Penguins name Mark Recchi player development coach – The Pittsburgh Penguins announced over the weekend that they have hired Mark Recchi as their player development coach. The news release describes the Recchi’s new position as: Recchi, 46, will be responsible for working with and assisting in the development of young prospects and players throughout the Penguins’ organization in the minor leagues as well as in junior and college hockey. [FanSided

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