Lecavalier happy to see Lightning owner involved in talks

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If Vincent Lecavalier’s positive comments about Jeff Vinik are any indication, the lockout hasn’t fractured every single player-owner relationship in the NHL.

The Tampa Bay Lightning’s highest paid player told Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times that he’s glad the team’s owner will take part in Wednesday’s players-owners CBA meeting.

“I’m happy he’s going,” Lecavalier said. “He’s a guy who will listen and talk and have a conversation and see where things go.”

“A guy like Mr. Vinik who listens well, I think it’s going to help the process.”

As far as the process itself, Lecavalier didn’t seem excessively optimistic, but he did say “at least we’re trying to do something to get things going.”

Cristodero reports that fellow Lightning veteran Martin St. Louis hopes to be one of the players involved in that meeting, but it’s likely we won’t find out who will be named until Tuesday.

Memorial Cup champion goalie Appleby signs with Devils

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Ken Appleby never got drafted, but his efforts during the New Jersey Devils’ training camp have earned him an entry-level contract, per the Bergen Record.

Although no team saw it fit to take him before the preseason, the 20-year-old is coming off of a very strong season. He had a 2.08 GAA and .924 save percentage in 50 games with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals. He went on to lead them to a Memorial Cup championship and earned the the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as the tournament’s top goalie.

Appleby is the fifth goaltender the Devils have under contract after Cory Schneider, Keith Kinkaid, Scott Wedgewood, and Yann Danis. He’ll likely begin the season in the ECHL.

Alexandre Goulet and Jacob Sweeney also participated in the Devils’ training camp on an amateur tryout basis, but both of them have been released.

PHT Morning Skate: NHL stars weigh in on McDavid

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Some of the NHL’s top players discuss Connor McDavid‘s potential and the hype surrounding him. (Toronto Sun)

While we’re on the subject, Wayne Gretzky recalls what it was like for him going into the NHL and what’s in store for McDavid. (Edmonton Sun)

Sam Gagner is about to start a key season in his career. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

It’s time for the Washington Capitals to make some tough calls, particularly when it comes to Derek Roy. (CSN Mid-Atlantic)

With Raffi Torres hearing scheduled for today, here’s a look back at his suspension history. (San Jose Mercury News)

The Chicago Blackhawks have gotten their championship rings. (NHL.com)