Morning Links: Arbitration and free agents

  • The Red Wings are close to signing Kyle Quincey and hope to avoid arbitration with the free agent defenseman, GM Ken Holland told The Detroit News. Negotiations are also going well with Justin Abdelkader, which is why he did not file for arbitration, according to the Detroit Free Press.

  • Coyotes GM Don Maloney said it might be weeks before Shane Doan makes a decision on where to sign but the team does not mind waiting, according to The Arizona Republic. Maloney also told the paper the team has "regular communication" with Doan and is confident they can re-sign him.

  • The Red Wings made "a hell of an offer" to the Blue Jackets for Rick Nash, but Columbus appears to have no interest in trading their star forward to Detroit, according to mlive.com.

  • Predators GM David Poile said he talked to Shea Weber's agents on Monday about the team's future and hopes to talk to them again this week, according to The Tennessean.

  • The Jets are working on a long-term deal with Evander Kane that could lock up the forward for up to six years, according to the Winnipeg Free Press.

  • The city of Edmonton is looking for ways to reduce the cost of building a new arena, but Mayor Stephen Mandel wants to make sure that quality isn't sacrificed, according to the Edmonton Journal. “We have heard time and again from citizens they don’t want us to build something for crap ... I think it’s important for council to make a decision for 30 years, not 35 minutes,” Mandel told the paper.

  • Chris Mason decided to sign with the Predators because he wanted to be on a winning team instead of one that was rebuilding, and he said Ryan Suter's departure hasn't made him regret his decision, according to The (Nashville) City Paper.