Atlanta Spirit co-owner Bruce Levenson said ownership has no plans to make major changes in the Thrashers front office following the season. Thrashers GM and head coach Don Waddell's job is safe, despite the fact that the Thrashers have taken a step backward this year and a playoff berth is highly unlikely. Source
The Pittsburgh Penguins will play an exhibition game in Finland in October. Pittsburgh will face Jokerit of the SM-Liiga onn Thursday, October 2 at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki. It will be a tune-up before they start the 2008-2009 season against the Ottawa Senators in Sweden. Source
Chris Chelios has heard from people within the NHLPA that the Detroit Red Wings will play the New York Rangers in the much-hyped planned outdoor game at Yankee Stadium in New York. However, GM Ken Holland has only confirmed that it is speculation at this point, while the Boston Bruins are also rumored to be in the running to play against the Rangers. Source
The Rangers have also signed free agent forward Justin Soryal. Soryal, 20, has played in 56 games with the Peterborough Petes of the OHL this season, registering 15 goals and 22 assists for 37 points, along with 140 penalty minutes. Source
The Dallas Stars have signed a trio of players to contracts. The Stars have signed forward Chris Conner and goaltender Tobias Stephan to one-year, two-way contracts for 2008-2009. The club also signed forward Sergei Korostin to a three-year, entry level contract.
The Atlanta Thrashers have placed defenseman Joel Kwiatkowski on waivers.