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The league is in full summer mode now but check out the Penguins newest prospect and more on the never-ending Ilya Kovalchuk saga.

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Last week the Penguins added to their prospect camp, signing 22-year old forward Adam Johnson (formerly of Minnesota-Duluth) to a two-year entry level contract. [Trib Live]

Fahkin' Tawmy Brady took a picture with the Stanley Cup the other day and a lot of people were mad online. [Pensblog]

Paging Mr. Rutherford - due to cap restraints, Toronto appears to be needing to move a forward soon. Nazem Kadri or Tyler Bozak, anyone? [Pension Plan Puppets]

Matt Duchene rumors have died down, but a trade still appears likely at some point soon. Reportedly, Columbus is offering no better than Ryan Murray as the center-piece, and Nashville won't agree to give up Mattias Ekholm either. If those reports are true and no one around the league is offering a lot, could the hypothetical Pittsburgh offer including Olli Maatta become more attractive? I wouldn't hold your breath.. [Mile High Hockey]

This summer's Ilya Kovalchuk saga is finally over with the forward agreeing to a one-year contract with SKA St. Petersburg to stay in the KHL for 2017-18 [NBC Sports]

Although, in the messy situation, Ray Shero says he never turned down (or was presented) a trade offer for Kovalchuk. Kovalchuk will be a UFA in the NHL next summer and will be free to sign with any team he wants, if they offer him a salary to lure him back to the NHL. [Puck Daddy]

Thomas Tatar thinks his future might include arbitration and then unrestricted free agency next summer. [The Athletic]

This year's Jimmy Vesey for a summer NCAA free agent is Alex Kerfoot, who can shed the team who drafted him in the Devils next month if he wants. It is rumored that Kerfoot, a Vancouver native, wants to play for the Canucks. [NBC Sports]