‘Kane is not your friend’; NHL culture change; Werenski returns to Michigan (Puck Headlines)


• Young Anze Kopitar has not yet developed his zombie eyes. [@NHLhistorygirl]

• Tim Baffoe reminds those who are quick to lash out in defense of Patrick Kane, “… Kane is not your friend. You are not his dawg, and he is not your bro. For all intents and purposes he doesn’t care about you no matter how many times you’ve swooned at him saying something about ‘not being able to accomplish this without you great fans.'” [CBS Chicago]

• Sweeping changes are needed to impact the current state of NHL players. [PPP]

• “The NHL’s cultural problem is our cultural problem.” [Winging It In Motown]

• On why Auston Matthews signing in Switzerland is important “This is essentially an unprecedented move for a North American-born and trained prospect to spend his draft-eligible season in Europe.” [CBS Sports]

• The final vote for an arena in Seattle could come in September. [King5]

• “Wanted: A driver in Brooklyn. Must use care in icy conditions.” Polish up those resumes! [New York Times]

• Traverse City NHL prospect tournament participants and schedule announced: Carolina, Columbus, Chicago, Minnesota, Dallas, St. Louis, New York and Detroit. [Left Wing Lock]

• No. 8 overall pick by Columbus, Zach Werenski, will return to Michigan for his sophomore season. [Maize N Brew]

• It’s been 10 years since the Marian Hossa for Dany Heatley trade. Not the most famous trade in Ottawa Senators history but one of the most important. [Welcome To Your Karlsson Years]

• Keith Yandle is not on the trading block, and other ‘silly season’ reminders. [Blueshirt Banter]

• A 13-year-old, yes a 13-year old, commits to play hockey at Vermont. [SBN College Hockey]

• Toronto Maple Leafs using sound investment strategy this off-season with ‘buy low, sell high’ free agent signings. [TSN]

• Are Marc Bergevin and Michel Therrien on the same page when it comes to evolving the Montreal Canadiens? [All Habs]

• Arizona Coyotes ink Brandon Gormley to one-year, two-way contract. [Coyotes]

• Finding cap-friendly homes for the remaining free agents. [Dobber Hockey]

• Chatting with Nashville Predators defenseman Victor Bartley about his career, food, and hockey advice from mom. [VanCity Buzz]

• Team Canada’s Meghan Agosta walked away at the height of her career to become a cop. [THN]

• Shawinigan Cataractes remain tone deaf in marketing with new campaign around Canada’s First Nations. [Buzzing the Net]

• Did you know Portland was the city that jumpstarted Sergei Fedorov’s NHL career? [Oregon Live]

• Top 5 reasons to be excited for the Colorado Avalanche vs. Detroit Red Wings outdoor game. Spoiler: Beer may be one of them. [Mile High Sticking]

• Finally, Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Jeremy Bracco goes ‘around the world’ for Team USA goal against Sweden at World Juniors evaluation camp: