NEW YORK -- National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly issued the following statement regarding the collective bargaining sessions that were held in New York July 5 and 6:
"We had two productive days of meetings with the NHLPA and the Players, concluding this afternoon at about 1:45 pm. A number of important issues were raised on both sides of the table, all of which will be discussed more thoroughly as we get deeper into bargaining. We are pleased with the level of engagement and look forward to meeting again next week."
He's a winner. We want winners here, and he's a proven winner. He's won two Stanley Cups. He's 22 years old and been a big part of it. He's got all the right tools. He's got size (6-foot-1, 204 pounds) and strength. He's exactly what we were looking for. He's going to be a big piece of our team for many, many years to come.
— Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen on Brandon Saad, who he acquired in a trade with the Blackhawks on Tuesday