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The Hockey News: Re-signing goaltender Devan Dubnyk should be on top of Chuck Fletcher’s list. While it’s tempting to re-sign him to a lucrative long-term deal, there’s also the risk Dubnyk could struggle to maintain his Vezina-worthy form. Fletcher will look at trading Niklas Backstrom to free up cap space. Backstrom is more likely to be bought out, freeing up $2.7 million in cap space for ’15-’16.

The Fourth Period: Will Ilya Kovalchuk return to the NHL? He wants to… Kovalchuk still has two-years remaining on his KHL contract, which will bring him to 34 years old, but due to the Collective Bargaining Agreement in the NHL, because of the way he left he might not be able to play in the NHL until he is 35.

Sportsnet: The Ottawa Senators must decide what to do with defenseman Jared Cowen. Elliott Friedman recommends retaining Cowen rather than risk him shining with another club. It’s believed the Buffalo Sabres have interest in Senators starting goalie Craig Anderson but Friedman wonders if the Sens would move him to a division rival.

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