Hextall talks defense; Johansen hold-out possible; Sid works too much (Puck Headlines)

Jen Neale
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• Flyers GM Ron Hextall grants an extensive interview with BSH. Part one debuts today with an in-depth look at the Flyers current and future on defense. [Broadstreet Hockey]

• Without being able to hear tone and inflection, I am just going to assume that Flyers coach Craig Berube doesn't care to much for Vincent Lecavalier. The team has - and still is - trying to dump Vinny. That won't be awkward come training camp. [NJ.com]

New Penguins coach Mike Johnson on his top priority this season, “We have to ensure that other players on our team take some of the responsibility off his shoulders — both in leadership and also in performance,” Johnston said. “He is the captain and he is a leader, but it doesn't all rest on Sid.” [Tribune Live]

• Agent Kurt Overhardt's clients have a history of holding out (Kyle Turris, Brandon Dubinsky et. al.). Unfortunately for the Blue Jackets, Ryan Johansen is represented by Overhardt, and the two sides are still nowhere close to a deal as camp draws closer. [ProHockey Talk]

Is it a good idea for GMs to talk to their locker room leaders before bringing in a heavy-hitting free agent? Doug Armstrong checked with David Backes and Alexander Steen before for the green-light on Paul Stastny. [NHL]

• Ryan Dixon finally answers the age old question: Phil Kessel or Patrick Kane? [Sportsnet]

• Poor Chicago, they have too many forwards. That shouldn't delay the progress of young Teuvo Teravainen, though. [Committed Indian]

• More on Teuvo. He's not just another Blackhawks prospect, and the team is treating him as such. Leading to more questions than answers. [Third Man In] 

• So much has been made of the Original Six over the years. The New York Americans are the real OGs of New York and MSG. [SB Nation]

Aleksey Morozov who played his entire NHL career (1997-2004) with the Pittsburgh Penguins has announced his retirement from hockey. [Pen's Labyrinth]

• "... just what can we reasonably expect from [Martin] Marincin in his second season? If Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins asks too much of Marincin — as he did at times last year — that could mean trouble both for Marincin and the Oilers." [Edmonton Journal]

• David Clarkson wants to CTRL+ALT+DELETE last season from his memory bank. (Feel free to create your own metaphor for forgetting about a really crappy season.) [Toronto Sun]

Yesterday we had the Jamaicans playing ice hockey in an unlikely place. Next up - Tunisia! They've already iced a team, they just need to gain some traction at home. [Tunisia-Live]

• The Avalanche surprised a whole lot of people last season. Now they're expected to repeat the success and achieve greater. [Denver Post]

• In ridiculously adorable news, players celebrate National Dog Day with pictures of their pooches. [NHLPA] 

• Finally, missing your daily dose of toe drags, triple-dekes, and goaltender robbery? The good people at BioSteel enable your addiction with highlights from their camp. Keep watching for Tyler Seguin and magic. [YouTube]

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