''There's some high-end guys this year and it'll be interesting to see what they get paid,'' Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said. ''Some people when they're in this position chase obviously the most money possible,'' Stamkos said on a conference call Thursday. The Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres and Detroit Red Wings were among the teams that expressed interest in Stamkos.
San Jose signed pending restricted free agent forward Tomas Hertl to a two-year contract Thursday worth a reported $6 million, keeping one of the team's top young players in the fold as the Sharks try to build on last season's trip to the Stanley Cup Final. The 22-year-old Hertl is coming off his best season as a pro, having recorded career highs with 21 goals and 25 assists in 81 games. ''I won't even put a limit on him,'' general manager Doug Wilson said.
One of Brazil's top security officials says the political turmoil that has brought repeated changes to key government positions will not affect security at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Andrei Rodrigues, responsible for overseeing Brazil's security at special events, said there will be no impact on the games despite staff turnover triggered by impeachment proceedings against suspended President Dilma Rousseff. Brazil's plan is to have 85,000 security personnel on the streets - one of the biggest policing operations in the history of the games.