May 1, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (76) during the second period against the Boston Bruins in game one of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

NHL News and Links - Quick Shifts: July 28th 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!

  • New York Rangers avoid arbitration with Derick Brassard – No wonder Derick Brassard was so happy to be out of Columbus; while his former team continues to play hardball with Ryan Johansen, the New York Rangers just exceeded his demands in order to avoid salary arbitration. The Rangers and Brassard have agreed to a five-year, $25 million extension. The deal is front loaded, with Brassard earning $7 million next season, $6 million in 2015-16, $5 million the following year, and $3.5 million for the final two years of the contract. [TMMOTS]
  • P.K. Subban says he wants to finish career with the Montreal Canadiens – While contract negotiations continue, there is some optimism out of the P.K. Subban camp; Subban appeared on a Toronto morning show and stated he would like to remain with the Canadiens and hopes to retire with Montreal. While there is still some ground to make up between the two sides, it shows Montreal fans that their star defenseman is committed to staying with the team. [FanSided]
  • Jimmy Howard needs to find his game – The Detroit Red Wings playoff streak survived another season; despite a big change with a move the east and a off-year for goaltender Jimmy Howard. A knee issue and hip flexor problems caused the veteran netminder to miss some time, but Howard also struggled when he was healthy. If the Red Wings are to contend this year, they will need Howard back on his game in net. [TMMOTS]
  • P.K. Subban drinks beer from Stanley Cup with Seth Rogen – In what is seemingly the most Canadian moment ever captured (Seth Rogen, P.K. Subban, the Stanley Cup, Tim Bits, and Youppi), P.K. Subban may have gotten a little too close to the Cup for Habs fan’s comfort at Rogen’s Hilarity For Charity event. While he never actually did touch the Cup, Subban did drink beer that was in the Cup. [Puck Daddy]

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