Rick Nash trade reaction; Kane, Jets closer to extension; RIP McQuaid’s mullet (Puck Headlines)

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• Anaheim Ducks forward Saku Koivu was among the Olympic torchbearers this morning in London. [@anaheimducks]

• Mark Spector is not a fan of the return Scott Howson got for Rick Nash: "In many ways, the Rick Nash deal so perfectly sums up what has been a total loser of a franchise in Central Ohio. We waited, they talked about the largesse it would take to acquire Nash -- and when it's over it's like another Blue Jackets season. Lots of hype. Very little delivered." Ouch. [Sportsnet]

• More on Howson from Sean Gentille: "It took five months, but Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson eventually climbed into the bed he made for himself." [Sporting News]

• Why what the Blue Jackets got in return wasn't all that bad. [Backhand Shelf]

• Scott Howson did pretty good. [Fear the Fin]

• In other Blue Jackets news, 2012 first round pick Ryan Murray has signed his 3-year entry level contract. [CBJ]

• Amid all the Rick Nash hubbub on Monday, Sergei Kostitsyn and the Nashville Predators avoided arbitration and agreed to a 2-year, $6 million deal. [Tennessean]

• As we wait for the Lubomir Visnovsky hearing regarding his trade to the New York Islanders, this from Arthur Staple: "They could still try to make a deal with the Ducks for Visnovsky, who has told friends he would still be open to playing for the Islanders even if he wins his case." Um, so what's the problem? [Newsday]

• The family of Jessica Redfield has set up a fund to help support a journalism scholarship. [Official Jessica Redfield Fund]

• Evander Kane and the Winnipeg Jets are moving close to a 6-year, $29 million deal, according to Gary Lawless. [Winnipeg Free Press]

• The LA Kings had their Stanley Cup championship DVD premiere Monday night and their Twitter feed ruined the ending for everyone.

• Shane Doan has reportedly given potential Phoenix Coyotes owner Greg Jamison until Friday make progress in the sale of the team. "If Doan can't get serious assurances that the Coyotes sale will happen he will look at signing outside of Phoenix and will narrow that list down." [Phoenix Business Journal]

• Farewell Adam McQuaid's mullet. We shall miss thee. [Days of Y'Orr]

• It's the end of July and Mike Knuble's phone has yet to ring. [CSN Washington]

• Down Goes Brown on the pros and cons of matching the Shea Weber offer sheet: "PRO: The Predators have been receiving revenue sharing payments from the league's wealthier clubs for years, and Maple Leaf fans would probably enjoy seeing MLSE's money go towards signing a big name free agent for once." [DGB]

• Zach Boychuk and Jay Harrison re-sign with Carolina. [Canes]

• Same goes for Colin Wilson and the Nashville Predators who agree to a 3-year, $6 million extension. [On the Forecheck]

• The Latvian Hockey Federation has extended Ted Nolan's contract through the 2012/13 season. Should Latvia manage to qualify for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the contract will expire in May 2014. [IIHF]

• Finally, our new favorite "History Will Be Made" parody, featuring M.V.P.:

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