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NHL roundup: Outdoor games worth $30 million each

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The six planned outdoor NHL games for the 2013-14 season are valued at $30 million apiece and the extra $180 million generated will be split evenly between the league and the players, CBC reported Monday.

Since the salary cap is scheduled to decrease next season, players are concerned about the NHL's escrow. However, the outdoor games are part of a three-year strategy that will allow the league to make an additional $1 billion.

The plan includes gaining revenue from a World Cup, sponsorship, TV revenue and merchandise.

CSN Philly, however, reported that the plan is a "quick fix" to make up for revenue shortages caused by the 2012-13 lockout.

---The NHL announced that Winnipeg Jets left wing Andrew Ladd, New York Rangers center Brad Richards and San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture were named the league's "Three Stars" for the week.

---Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren has no plans to buy out the contract of goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reported. It suggest Bryzgalov will be back next season.

A buyout this summer would cost the Flyers $23 million over 14 years.

---Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton won't travel with the team for Tuesday's game in Philadelphia, according to CSNNE.com's Joe Haggerty. Although the team did not specify the injury, it appeared Horton injured his hand in Saturday's game against Pittsburgh.

He is third on team in goals with 13.

---The Edmonton Oilers announced forward Ales Hemsky is unlikely to return this season.

Hemsky, 29, was playing with a broken bone in his foot when the Oilers decided to shut him down in mid-April.

---New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello confirmed that Stefan Matteau has been released by his junior team, QMJHL side Blainville-Broisbriand,

He quit the team Saturday after a playoff loss to Baie-Comeau.

---The Vancouver Canucks have recalled defenseman Frank Corrado from the AHL's Chicago Wolves.

----The Minnesota Wild, which have lost seven of their last 10 games, recalled three veterans from its Houston AHL club -- forwards Jake Dowell and Stephane Veilleux and goalie Josh Harding - and sent down forwards Mikael Granlund and Jason Zucker, and goalie Darcy Kuemper.

---The league said it will release the NHL Central Scouting Bureau's final rankings for the 2013 NHL Draft on Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET.

The rankings include the top 210 skaters and 35 goaltenders in North America and the top 130 skaters and 10 goaltenders from Europe. It will be available on NHL.com and media.NHL.com.
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