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Good morning, hockey world! In case you missed it, we're looking for more contributors at SCH, so check out the information here and apply if you're interested. We've already received lots of submissions and would love more! Anyways, let's check out the latest news as we get through hump day:

**Patrick Kane says he was never worried about hammering out a contract with the Blackhawks. (CSN Chicago)

**Andrew Shaw went up north to visit Lake Forest Academy, among other places, as part of a promotion for the release of NHL 15 (CSN Chicago)

**Odds makers in Vegas project the Blackhawks with the most points in the West, but Boston is slightly favored to take the Presidents' Trophy (SB Nation)

**No Blackhawks here, but Adam Gretz put together a bargain contract All-Star squad (SB Nation)

**And on the flip side, Gretz's bad contract All-Star team. No Blackhawks here either! Brian Campbell's deal with Florida is, though. (SB Nation)

**Blake Wheeler on Evander Kane: "He’s coming to the stage of his career where he’s no longer a young guy. He needs to step up & be a leader on our team." (Pro Hockey Talk)

**Some sad news as Miracle on Ice defenseman Bob Suter died of an apparent heart attack at 57 years old (Puck Daddy)

**Despite having the one-two punch of Ben Bishop and Evgeni Nabokov, the Lightning are bringing in former first-round pick Leland Irving for camp (Pro Hockey Talk)

**So I guess the KHL is really trying to screw over the Wild? Apparently some team from Russia made a "huge" offer to RFA Nino Niederreiter, but he declined. The team may not be so lucky with retaining Darcy Kuemper. (Pioneer Press)

**A pair of arrests have finally been made in connection with the 2011 overdose death of NHL player Derek Boogaard (FOX 5 New York)

**Scott Stevens has stepped down as Devils assistant coach before the season (Fire & Ice)

**Jamie McBain, Matt Kassian and Matt Smaby are among the players trying out for Arizona this fall (Pro Hockey Talk)

**Things are never simple with Alex Ovechkin, are they? (Puck Daddy)

**A day late, but Henrik Lundvquist was on the Late Show with David Letterman on Monday night (Blue Shirts United)