Former Hartford Whalers owner Howard Baldwin is trying to get fans behind his efforts to bring an NHL team back to Hartford, Conn.

Baldwin’s latest venture is an outdoor skating rink at the Rentschler Field sports and entertainment stadium in East Hartford.

Flames just need some tweaking, says embattled GM Darryl Sutter

Darryl Sutter received a vote of confidence last week from his boss, Ken King.

The pronouncement from the team president apparently meant little to the embattled general manager of the Calgary Flames.

“Ken came out and said that, but it wasn’t important for me to have that publicly,” Sutter said Monday before embarking for the National Hockey League general manager meetings. “It’s more important what happens internally.”

Nicklas Lidstrom will make decision on his future by end of week

Will Nicklas Lidstrom stay or go? The answer is imminent.

Nick told me he will give me his decision by the end of this week,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Monday.

More Jackets / Leafs trade Talk

The rumor percolating in Canada that Toronto will offer defenseman Tomas Kaberle to the Blue Jackets for the No. 4 pick appears to be just that — a rumor. But don’t be surprised, we’re told, if Toronto GM Brian Burke makes that offer in the days or hours leading up to the NHL entry draft, set for June 25-26 in Los Angeles.

The Pens trading Malkin. Good or bad idea???

I know there are some who want to lay the blame for the Pens playoff failure on Geno’s shoulders, but overall the team played the wrong system against the Habs and it cost them. Now come the rumors that Malkin could be had for the right price. I for one would put him out there to see what offers come in, and I will propose a couple for you to comment on, good or bad. I will try and maintain the salary cap, but if I put a wrong cap hit for a player, please let me know.