Signing bonuses leading to lockout; Is Lupul done? (Puck Headlines)

• We think the Nashville Predators are excited to have P.K. Subban. [@subbanator]

• Get ready: signing-bonus laden contracts could be the trigger for the next lockout. [TSN]

• The Washington Capitals are offering Marcus Johansson $3.85-million. In arbitration, Johansson is asking for $5.25-million. If they can’t come to a deal, the arbitration hearing takes place on Wednesday. [Washington Post]

• Long Beach native Matt Nieto inked a one year deal to stay with the San Jose Sharks. [CSN Bay Area]

• “Paulie Johnson, one of the greatest players in the history of the Waterloo Black Hawks franchise, passed away Sunday at the age of 81. Johnson’s No. 11 has been retired by the organization since 2002 to honor the former Olympic star and United States Hockey League Hall of Fame member.” [The Courier]

• Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion is gambling on experience helping his team by bringing in Derick Brassard and shipping out Mika Zibanejad. [Ottawa Citizen]

• Mike Ribeiro notwithstanding, the Nashville Predators are capitalizing on ‘misperceived character issues’ within other teams’ locker rooms to bolster their lineup. [On The Forecheck]

• Newport Sports super agent Pat Morris pulls back the veil to talk how a client’s free agent search, in his case with Steven Stamkos, impacts sponsorship relationships. [Today’s Slapshot]

• Legit question: Is Joffrey Lupul’s time with the Leafs – if not his career all together – done? [Leafs Nation]

• With the new Las Vegas franchise, George McPhee is getting a second chance at being a GM. Have other GMs who received a second chance to run a team experienced success? [The Sin Bin]

• Not sure if this is a good or bad sign: Brendan Gallagher and Brad Marchand formed a new friendship while playing for Canada at Worlds this past May. [NHL]

• Let the Claude Julien hot seat speculation begin (again)! Could coaching moves by the Boston Bruins signal the beginning of possibly the end? [Boston Sports Desk]

• Don’t let the attendance figures fool you, the Arizona Coyotes are leading the way for growth in the hockey market all around the valley. [Five For Howling]

• Debunking Malcolm Gladwell’s ‘10,000-Hour rule’ as it relates to youth hockey players. Sometimes less means more in the long run. [Eh Game]

• New York Riveters GM Chad Wiseman has been the most active in the offseason remaking his roster; however, he wants to keep the physicality as the hallmark of the team. [Today’s Slapshot]

• Looking back at ‘Stammergeddon,’ the captain’s choice to go back to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Toronto Maple Leafs fans over-exuberance when expecting him to sign back home. [Two For Spearing]

• Backdraft 2001: Ranking the forwards, defensemen & goalies from the 2001 NHL draft. [Yahoo! Sports]

• Five ways Rogers could make Hockey Night in Canada. Some serious, some not so much. [Pension Plan Puppets]

• Top 10 soon-to-be fantasy hockey debates. [Dobber]

• The parking lot of the Rose Bowl holds a weekly pickup roller hockey game that’s become a summer tradition for over a decade and it continues to gain in popularity. [Pasadena Star-News]

• Finally, a great cartoon of the current fight between Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins fans. Make sure you stay around for the end and a special appearance… [@bruinshockeynow]

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