Vegas hires Wil Nichol; Leipold to buy out minority owner (Puck Headlines)

• It’s moving day for the statue of Wayne Gretzky in Edmonton. He’s being moved from his perch at Rexall Place to the new Rogers Arena. [Oilers]

• Minnesota Wild majority owner Craig Leipold began the process of buying out the 27-percent stake of minority owner Matt Hulsizer. [Star Tribune]

• The Las Vegas franchise has hired Wil Nichol as the director of player development. [Las Vegas Review-Journal]

• Quebecor Inc., the group working to return the NHL to Quebec City, has a new president and CEO in Pierre Dion. He reaffirmed the group’s desire to work with the league going forward. [Canoe]

• The new majority owners of the New York Islanders are working with season ticket holders and listening to fans to improve the hockey experience at Barclay’s Center as they try to salvage the relationship. [SNY]

• Logan Couture offers up his list of the five toughest defensemen he’s faced. [The Players’ Tribune]

• Interview with the new Chair of the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission Angela Ruggiero who was officially named to the IOC Executive Board on Thursday. [IIHF]

• Rogie Vachon looks back at his playing career and the surprise of being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. [ESPN]

• Travis Yost: “Despite playing in just 45 games last year, it’s fair to say that Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid left his mark. At the age of 19, I’d argue that he’s one of the 10 best skaters in the league. And that’s still understating how dominant of a player he is.” [TSN]

• The Calgary Flames still have some offseason loose ends to tie up. [Calgary Sun]

• Can Anthony Mantha show the Detroit Red Wings he’s ready for more responsibility next season? [Detroit Free Press]

• Ray Shero’s strategy for the New Jersey Devils rebuild is centered around young, cost controlled talent. [Devils In The Details]

• In order to get Nikita Kucherov signed, the Tampa Bay Lightning are in need of moving some cap space. Looking at the options to move Valtteri Filppula. [Two For Spearing]

• Florida Panthers’ Summer Cats ball hockey playoffs thrill kids at BB&T Center. [Sun-Sentinel]

• Buffalo Beauts goaltender Brianne McLaughlin re-signed with the team, and acts as a stabilizing force between the turnover in the lineup. [Today’s Slapshot]

• Offseason fantasy hockey grade: Calgary Flames. [Dobber]

• Six of the 14 blueliners at Hockey Canada’s summer camp roster for World Juniors come from the QMJHL. Is this a good or bad thing? [Buzzing The Net]

• Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman teaches Connor McDavid and Tyler Seguin how to throw a fastball. See how they do. [Vice Sports]

• Andre Burakovsky got a free Audi with his name and jersey number on it. Professional athletes have all the luck. [RMNB]

• “You’ve probably never heard the name of Nello Ferrara but he’s a legend even among the sport of hockey’s professional players.” [Pensburgh]

• Finally, Drew Doughty decides to test his new Easton stick with some puck-on-manequin violence. [@Easton_Hockey]

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