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!
- NHL: Capitals, 3 teams that need to rebuild now – While all 30 NHL teams will tell you that they have their sights set on the Stanley Cup for the 2014-15 season (yes, even the Buffalo Sabres), the reality is there are several teams that are either in the middle of a rebuild, or are still in denial. FanSided took a look at three teams that are not committing fully to a rebuild or are still trying to contend, when it is clear that their best days are long behind them and would be better served by starting the rebuild now. [FanSided]
- Boston Bruins cap hell will continue – If you think the Boston Bruins have a cap problem now, the folks over at the Causeway Crowd believes that things will only get worse next season. [Causeway Crowd]
- Ryan O’Reilly and Colorado Avalanche come to terms – At the 11th hour before arbitration, Ryan O’Reilly and the Colorado Avalanche were able to come to an agreement on a two year, $12 million extension. While the deal is relatively short term, this ends one of the more contentious salary disputes of the 2014 off season. [Mile High Sticking]
- Did Glendale violate Arizona open meeting law - If we have learned one thing from the Phoenix (now Arizona) Coyotes saga is that just when you think it is done, something else pops up to cast doubt on the franchise’s ability to stay in Arizona. While ownership’s out clause still looms on the horizon, it appears that the deliberations by Glendale council members before the vote on whether to keep the Coyotes may have violated the state’s open meeting law. If it is ruled that the council members did not follow protocol, the $225 million commitment by the city of Glendale may be voided. [TMMOTS]