Afternoon Hits: Bailey, Kovalchuk, Brunner, Markstrom, Bruins and Helm

  • Brett Cyrgalis: The Islanders avoid arbitration with the Josh Bailey: 5 years, $16.5 million.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov: Ilya Kovalchuk on returning to the NHL: “I am not going to Russia to start thinking about coming back to the NHL.”
  • Tom Gulitti: Damien Brunner’s agent said nothing is imminent and wouldn’t say which teams he’s talked to.
  • Corey Pronman: A Swedish publication is reporting that Jacob Markstrom turned down a two-way contract and the KHL has shown interest. Simon Stromberg: Saying it’s rubbish and likely just the qualifying offer. GM Dale Tallon said they are close to signing him.
  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said they are not going to bring Jaromir Jagr back, instead going with younger players. Options could be: Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser, Ryan Spooner, Jared Knight, Carter Camper or Jordan Caron.

    “I was asked a couple of times about [Jagr], and we’re done for now,” said Chiarelli. “Obviously you want to develop your talent and bring them in and let them play. Sometimes there’s not room for them and sometimes you use them as chips in deals, but you always have to develop. To be in a position where they’re ready to play breathes new life into everybody.

    “I think we’re going to have a challenge in that respect because we played so long into the summer. It will be good there will be some young guys that will breathe new life and new enthusiasm into the team.”

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Press: Red Wings Darren Helm has been skating the past week, the first time in a couple months. The Wings don’t know if he’ll be ready for next season.
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