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With the Dallas Stars’ ownership situation not likely to be settled until later this summer, the team will not be making a contract offer to Brad Richards. Richards, who becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1, will be playing elsewhere next season. The Stars would be interested in trading exclusive negotiating rights with Richards before July 1, but such a move would require Richards to waive his no movement clause and there are no guarantees of that happening.

Mike Comrie and Alex Kovalev — won't be re-signed.

“I’m not sure what Mike’s going to do,” Shero said. “He might be leaning toward retirement.” Comrie, 30, was signed as a free agent last summer. He had a strong preseason but sustained a right hip injury in the second game of the season that eventually required surgery in December. He returned to play sparingly late in the season, finishing with one goal, six points in 21 games. He did not crack the lineup in the playoffs.

Bieksa in demand

With Kevin Bieksa fitting so seamlessly with Dan Hamhuis as a shutdown pair, it seems in*****bent upon the Vancouver Canucks to re-sign him this summer. They would miss Christian Ehrhoff’s big shot, but if he walks away, so be it. They still have Alex Edler as their No. 1 guy, and maybe they could bring back Sami Salo for a reduced price. The kid who’s going to wedge himself into lots of playing minutes next year is Chris Tanev. They’ll have to live with Keith Ballard’s $4 million a year for four more years.

True North will speak when time is right

Kid Rock is a self-proclaimed Rock ‘n’ Roll Jesus and a favourite son of Detroit, no doubt, but he ain’t big enough in the Peg City to bump back a press conference to announce the return of the NHL. Some are suggesting a Kid Rock show, potential marketing plans and even Gary Bettman’s schedule are playing havoc with the scheduling of the biggest announcement in Winnipeg sports in over a decade.

Sens’ coaching hunt just getting started

It’s been six weeks since Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray fired Cory Clouston as the team’s coach, but Murray is only getting serious in the search for a replacement. “We’ve really just started,” Murray said Wednesday from Toronto, where he was watching the Memorial Cup tournament. “We just wanted to see who was available, and I think it’s pretty safe that none of the coaches on the final four teams (Vancouver, San Jose, Boston, Tampa Bay) will be available. We will get to it in the next week or so.”