Bettman deposed; Quebecor courting partners; Nabby on Sharks staff? (Puck Headlines)

• Have to applaud Zac Rinaldo for having goals in life… and recognizing how completely unachievable some are. [@rinaldozac]

• Commissioner Gary Bettman will be deposed Friday in concussion suit against NHL. [ESPN]

• Quebecor, Inc. submitted their application for a franchise; however, they’re still looking for partners to bring back the Nordiques. [TSN]

• Dainus Zubrus after clearing waivers to be bought out by New Jersey Devils: “I don’t want to get too deeply into it. It seems like they want to give opportunities to young players, which is understandable. We’ve missed the playoffs the last couple of years now,” said Zubrus. “I don’t know if I want to use the word rebuild, but I think they’re bringing in new everything.” [NJ.com]

• The 2022 Winter Olympics will take place in Beijing. Will the NHL participate? [AP]

• The Florida Everblades are no longer a dual-affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes. The league voted for Carolina to be the sole affiliate. [News-Press]

• Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall is in no hurry to re-up Brayden Schenn, whose bridge deal expires after next season. [Philly.com]

• New San Jose Sharks coach Pete DeBoer isn’t done filling out his coaching staff. He’s spoken with Adam Oates about coming aboard, and Evgeni Nabokov was seen working with youngsters at SJ prospect camp. [CSN Bay Area]

• Jimmy Hayes and Brian Flynn grew up in Massachusetts. In January, they’ll have a dream come true playing in the Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium. [Bruins Daily]

• Erik Haula and the Minnesota Wild could not reach a deal and will head into arbitration on Friday. [Twin Cities]

• Marek Zidlicky, Cody Franson, and Christian Ehrhoff are mentioned among defensemen the Boston Bruins have considered signing. [CSNNE]

• Team USA’s management team for the World Cup of Hockey will be announced on Thursday, August 6. [USA Hockey]

• “Why Jake Voracek’s 8-year, $66 million contract might actually be a bargain.” [Broad Street Hockey]

• Could Andrew Ference lose the ‘C’ for the new-look Edmonton Oilers? [Today’s Slapshot]

• Jon Elkin replaces Sean Burke as goaltending coach for the Coyotes. Elkin has a long history with Arizona Coyotes netminder Mike Smith. He was his acting coach at flopping school. [Coyotes]

• The ‘Yotes roster is unlikely to change much before camp starts. [AZ Central]

• In a change from recent years, many restricted free agents are walking away with bigger contracts than their unrestricted counterparts. [Dobber]

•  Nashville hockey growth is dealt a huge blow by the closing of A-Game, a sports complex in middle Tennessee, in the spring. [The Tennessean]

• Quinnipiac and Harvard are close to an agreement to play in a triple-header at MSG. A triple header should make the ice surface perfect for the final game of the night. [New Haven Register]

• Good on the Toronto Maple Leafs. They replaced memorabilia for a super fan who lost his prized collection in a house fire. [Global News]

• Former NHL’er Nick Boynton played with diabetes throughout his career. He’ll attend a hockey camp for diabetics to show them it’s possible. [Fox Sports]

• David Ling, former Montreal Canadien, was arrested in Miami Beach for domestic violence and third degree grand theft. [CBS Miami]

• Professional hockey players are hockey card collecting nerds just like you! [Upper Deck]

• Bryan and Amanda Bickell spend their summers dispelling stereotypes about the pit bull breed. [NHLPA]

• Finally, Nashville Predators  prospect Kevin Fiala is learning how to drive. He tests his skills against fellow Pred Austin Watson where it matters most – the go-kart track: