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NHL notebook: Olympic decision continues to hold up schedule

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 7:48 p.m.

• The NHL will offer an update Thursday regarding its schedule for 2013-14, according to a report on Holding up the schedule announcement is that the NHL is working to finalize an agreement to send its players to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Using NHL players will require the league to shut down for much of February, and the league isn't prepared to announce its schedule until everything is finished with the Olympics. A leaked version of the Panthers' schedule was making the rounds on Twitter (via Panthers beat writer George Richards), and, if accurate, it seemed to indicate there would be a three-week stoppage from Feb. 7 to Feb. 27.

• The Jets avoided salary arbitration with center Eric Tangradi, signing the restricted free agent to a two-year, $1.35 million contract. The deal will pay the 24-year-old $650,000 next season and $700,000 in the 2014-15 season. Acquired from the Penguins on Feb. 13 for a 2013 sixth-round draft pick, Tangradi had one goal and three assists in 36 games with the Jets this past season.

• Blue Jackets forward Nathan Horton had surgery to repair a shoulder injury suffered during the Stanley Cup Final. Horton signed a seven-year, $37.1-million contract with the Blue Jackets on July 5. He has 198 goals and 204 assists in 591 career NHL games. This past season, he had 13 goals and nine assists in 43 games with the Bruins before picking up seven goals and 12 assists in 22 Stanley Cup Playoff games. Horton is expected to miss the start of the season during rehab.

• The Predators signed forward Rich Clune to a two-year, $1.7 million contract, extending his deal through the 2015-16 season. Clune, 26, had nine points in 47 games this season and ranked fourth in the NHL with 113 penalty minutes, the first Predator to top the 100-minute mark in four seasons.

— Wire reports

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