– According to the LA Times, the Kings have begun discussing a contract extension with G Jonathan Quick in hopes of getting it done “before next season.” The 26-year-old has 1-year/$1.8M remaining on his contract before he hits free agency. GM Dean Lombardi told the NHL Network, “The one thing I do sense is that I do think that both sides want to get something done. And that goes without saying. A lot of times the deals don’t come together because people aren’t ready to make deals. … But in this case, I get the sense that we have a chance to get something done here before next season.” LA is very likely to re-sign one of the league’s best goalies.
– The Jets have signed G Ondrej Pavelec to a 5-year/$19.5M contract extension. Pavelec was reportedly seeking a 4-year/$17M deal, while the Jets were looking at 3-years/$12M. Pavelec appeared in 68 games, compiling a 29-28-9 record, 2.91 GAA and .906 SV%.
– The Avalanche have signed D Ryan Wilson to a 3-year/$6.75M contract extension. Wilson will make $2M in 2012-13 and $2.375M in each of the final two seasons of his contract. Wilson registered one goal and a career-high 20 assists in 59 games last season for the Avalanche. He led all Colorado defensemen with a plus-11 rating, and also recorded 97 hits and 70 blocked shots.
– According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Penguins are no longer “actively” shopping D Paul Martin. Dave Molinari has it on “rock-solid authority” that Martin is not being offered around the league. The Penguins are rumoured to be primed to make a run at impending UFA F Zach Parise and/or D Ryan Suter come July 1, and clearing Martin’s $5M cap hit for the next three seasons would go a long way towards helping them sign one of the top free agents available.
– The Oilers have extende qualifying offers to forwards Sam Gagner, Linus Omark and Chris VandeVelde, along with defenceman Theo Peckham, Jeff Petry and Alex Plante, and goalie Devan Dubnyk. They will now all become RFAs on July 1. The 22-year-old Gagner finished fourth on the Oilers with 18 goals and 47 points. The London, Ontario native completed his fifth season with the Oilers in 2011-12. Dubnyk, a native of Regina, Saskatchewan posted a 2.67 GAA and .914 SV% and led the Oilers with 20 wins in 47 games in 2011-12. The 26-year old has started 91 games for the Oilers over parts of three years. The 24-year-old Petry is coming off his first full season with the Oilers. The native of Ann Arbor, Michigan recorded 25 points in 73 games last season.
– The Wild have re-signed F Chad Rau to a 2-year deal and F Stephane Veilleux to a 1-year deal. Veilleux returned to the Wild in a trade deadline deal with the Devils in February. He played his first six seasons with Minnesota. Rau scored two goals in nine games with the Wild last season.
– Devils’ D Mark Fayne (wrist) underwent surgery last week to repair a ligament, and will miss the next 4 months. Fayne, who had the injury on his left wrist, had three assists and was a plus-5 in the post-season. He had 30 shots on goal and 31 hits. In the regular season, he had four goals and 17 points.
– Dodgers’ manager Don Mattingly said Monday that OF Matt Kemp (hamstring) likely won’t return until the second half of the season. Kemp quickly aggravated his hamstring injury in just his second game back from his first DL stint earlier this season. He’s been running sprints without incident, and could be ready for the first game following the All-Star break.
– Red Sox’ RHP Josh Beckett (right shoulder inflammation) threw a bullpen session Monday, and could be cleared to return from the DL Friday against the Mariners. The 32-year-old has been sidelined since June 11.
– The Orioles have released INF Miguel Tejada, per his request. The 38-year-old signed a minor league deal in early May and batted just .260 with four doubles, zero homers and a .617 OPS over 147 plate appearances with Triple-A Norfolk.
– Cardinals’ RHP Chris Carpenter (right shoulder) didn’t throw to hitters Monday as scheduled after feeling weakness. The team discussed the possibility of a rehab assignment if his throwing session went well on Monday, but those plans will be put on hold. He won’t throw again until the team returns home later this week.
– Brewers’ RHP Shaun Marcum (right elbow) said he still felt soreness while playing catch Monday. ”Still sore. Going to shut it down until it gets better, I guess. A little bit (better). Some of (the soreness) could have been 10 days without throwing, some of that stiffness and stuff in there. Hopefully it goes away and we’ll be good to go.” The Brewers were hoping that Marcum would be ready to return by the end of the week.
– According to Shannon Drayer of ESPN 710 in Seattle, the Blue Jays have signed LHP Jamie Moyer to a minor league contract. Drayer hears that he will be with the organization’s Triple-A affiliate on Thursday. Moyer recently asked for and was granted his release by the Orioles after posting a 1.69 ERA and 16/0 K/BB ratio in 16 innings with Triple-A Norfolk. It’s not a bad destination given Toronto’s recent injury woes, but Moyer in the AL East spells nothing but trouble. The 49-year-old southpaw posted a 5.70 ERA in 10 starts with the Rockies earlier this season.
– Rangers’ LHP Derek Holland (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock Wednesday, and will be limited to 50 pitches. He’s scheduled for a second outing the following Monday. Holland is expected to need three rehab outings before returning, putting him on track to be back at the start of the second half.
– Orioles’ OF Nolan Reimold (neck) underwent a successful discectomy Monday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. The surgery involved removing a bulging disk from his neck and fusing two vertebrae together to alleviate pressure on a nerve. It’s believed to be similar to the procedure that Broncos’ QB Peyton Manning had last year. He’ll likely miss the remainder of the season.
– The Nationals have placed OF Xavier Nady (right wrist tendinitis) on the 15-day DL retroactive to June 24. Nady was batting .157 with three home runs and six RBIs in 40 games.
– Magic’ F Dwight Howard won’t stay with the Rockets after the upcoming season if he’s indeed traded there, according to NBA.com’s David Aldridge. The Rockets were said to be trying to acquire two top-10 draft picks to acquire D-12, who is under contract for next season. Aldridge also reported that G Kevin Martin and G Kyle Lowry have been placed on the trade block, with Martin drawing some interest from the Wolves. Stay tuned.
– According to ESPN, the Wolves are reportedly “set to offer” free agent F Brandon Roy an undisclosed 2-year contract. Wolves’ beat writer Darren Wolfson cautions that “there’s a strong belief Roy favors a championship contender.” Roy’s knees are still a mess, so unless he’s had a major epiphany, there’s no way he’ll be worth the risk the Wolves are apparently willing to take. Wolfson adds that the Wolves are still watching G Jamal Crawford, who will likely opt out of his deal and become a free agent.
– The Kings made a qualifying offer to F Jason Thompson on Monday, giving them the right to match any offer on the RFA. Thompson continues to improve in the league, and should draw interest from a number of teams. Thompson averaged 9.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists playing mostly off the bench last season.
– The Blazers extended a qualifying offer to RFA G Nicolas Batum on Monday. Batum and his agent, who had a falling out with Blazers management last season, have indicated that they will go with the first lucrative offer. Batum has averaged 10.2 points and 3.9 rebounds over four seasons with the Blazers. Stay tuned.
– The Mavericks and Celtics will play exhibition games next season in Europe, including a homecoming in Germany for F Dirk Nowitzki. The NBA announced Monday that the Mavs will play eight-time German champions Alba Berlin at Berlin’s O2 arena on October 6. The Celtics will open the NBA Europe Live tour Oct. 5 in Istanbul against five-time Turkish champ Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul. Boston will then move to Milan, Italy, to face Italian power EA7 Emporio Armani on October 7. The NBA says the Mavericks will play an additional game in Spain, with details still to be announced. The Europe Live series, featuring exhibition games between NBA and Euroleague teams, is in its sixth year.
– Check out Heat’ F Chris Bosh giving himself a champagne facial after his first ever NBA Championship victory:
– Check out this new Nike shirt in honour of Heat’ F LeBron James’ first ever NBA Championship victory:
– Mitch Lawrence of the NY Daily News reported that Donnie Walsh has reportedly been hired by the Pacers.
– Actor Charlie Sheen will be attending WWE’s 1,000th RAW Celebration on July 23 and will serve as the “Celebrity Social Media Ambassador” for the three hour broadcast. During RAW, Sheen will give his unique perspective in 140 characters or less about the action. WWE.com wrote about Sheen’s role:
“During the three-hour milestone event July 23 at 8/7 CT on USA Network, the “winning” actor will entertain his 7.5 million Twitter followers and the WWE Universe all night long with his unique 140-character analysis of the action.”
Sheen will be promoting his new show, Anger Management, which premieres this Thursday on FX.
– WWE Champion CM Punk will defend the title against Daniel Bryan at next month’s Money in the Bank PPV.
– Friday’s episode of WWE SmackDown did a 2.0 cable rating, with 2.97 million viewers. Those numbers are both up big from last week’s rating and viewership and were the most for both since March 9th. The show ranked #1 among the adult male demographics, #2 among male teens and was up big in all key demographics, according to PWInsider.com.
– The upcoming The Rock vs. John Cena: Once In a Lifetime DVD set will be released on September 11th, 2012.
– Despite being advertised for Monday’s RAW, Kelly Kelly was not there. She Tweeted a message from Cabo, where she is vacationing with her boyfriend, Stars’ D Sheldon Souray. Kelly is taking time off from WWE.