NHL schedule conflicts; free agency talk; Kings not buying out Richards (Puck Headlines)




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• Maybe after LA’s third Stanley Cup this won’t happen anymore.

• The NHL released the 2014-15 schedule on Sunday and someone from the Tampa Bay Lightning didn’t realize an April game against Montreal conflicted with the NCAA women’s basketball championship game at Tampa Bay Times Forum. [Tampa Tribune]

• What kind of fit would Ryan Kesler be in Chicago and would it be worth the price to pay? [CSN Chicago]

• Free agents will once again be able to have an “interview period” with prospective teams before the market opens on July 1. This year’s twist? Contract parameters can be discussed during this time. [Star Tribune]

• Players and agents love it, but general managers hate it. [CBC]

• The LA Kings will not be buying out Mike Richards, says GM Dean Lombardi. [LA Times]

Anders Lindback will not be given a qualifying offer by the Tampa Bay Lightning, making him a UFA on July 1. [Tampa Tribune]

• Evgeni Nabokov doesn’t appear to be the man who will back up Jaroslav Halak for the New York Islanders this coming season. [Islanders Point Blank

• Meanwhile, if Islanders GM Garth Snow has his way, the team will be dealing the no. 5 overall pick for a player who can help now. [Newsday]

• Say, who should the Capitals pursue to fill that nagging second line center role? [Japers' Rink]

• After trading for Scott Hartnell this morning, the Blue Jackets have re-signed Curtis McElhinney to backup Sergei Bobrovsky next season. [Blue Jackets]

• Dan Boyle won’t be signing with the Islanders anytime soon, but what about the Rangers? [Blueshirt Banter]

• New ownership means plenty of movement on the Phoenix Coyotes’ roster. [Arizona Republic]

• Gerard Gallant is the new man behind the bench for the Florida Panthers. Here’s why he’s the best choice. [Panther Parkway]

• Did the 1983-84 Pittsburgh Penguins tank to get Mario Lemieux in the draft? Michael Farber investigates. [TSN]

• The journeys to the NHL for Joel Armia, Mikael Granlund and Erik Haula have all taken different paths. [Dobber Hockey]

• Former NHLer Jeff Brown is the new head coach of the Ottawa 67’s. [Buzzing the Net]

• Over 1,000 bikers took part in the fourth annual Bob Probert memorial motorcycle ride, which has raised over $300,000 for cardiac care. [CBC]

• Finally, a look at the market for UFA goaltenders. Not much there.

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