Morning Links: Winter Classic contract

  • The NHL can cancel the Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium as late as Jan. 1 due to a work stoppage and only lose $100,000 of its $3 million stadium rental fee, according to The New York Times.

  • Goaltender Cristobal Huet signed a four-year deal with Swiss club Laussane, forgoing a return to the NHL, according to The Globe and Mail.

  • The Predators could be grounded this fall even if there is an NHL season as the charter air service they use, Swift Air LLC, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and indicated in court papers it wants to end its contract with the Preds, according to The Tennessean.

  • Current and former Canucks players will play in the Raise-It-4-Ryp golf tournament on Sept. 4 to honor Rick Rypien by raising money for those struggling with mental illness, according to the Vancouver Sun. Alex Burrows, Chris Higgins, Jason Garrison and Kevin Bieksa are among those expected to play, according to the report.

  • The Calgary Flames' lease to play at the Scotiabank Saddledome is set to run out in 2014 and the team wants an upgrade to the 29-year-old building, but officials are not indicating when or where they will break ground on a new arena, according to the Calgary Herald.

  • Blackhawks defenseman Steve Montador has been busy balancing labor negotiations and workouts, but he says the CBA talks aren't that different from playing hockey, according to the Chicago Tribune. "To compare it to hockey, you have two teams and you're doing the best you can and you want the best results," Montador told the paper. "It's different in that we're working together, but they have their point of view and we have ours. It's a little poker, it's a little chess, it's a little schoolyard battlefield."

  • Ottawa prospect Mika Zibanejad will not return to Sweden this fall, Senators assistant GM Tim Murray told the Ottawa Sun. Zibanejad will either play with the NHL club or with their AHL affiliate in Binghamton, according to the report.

  • Jordan Staal will reunite with former Penguins teammates Matt Cooke and Joe Vitale for a humanitarian trip to Haiti, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

  • Canucks GM Mike Gillis is so confident about Kevin Connauton's development that Gillis thinks Connauton will compete for a top-six spot on Vancouver's defense this season, according to The (Vancouver) Province.

  • Red Wings prospect Landon Ferraro is confident he can return to his previous level of play now that he is 100 percent healed from a knee injury, sports hernia and concussion the past three seasons, according to mlive.com.