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TSN’s Insiders talk referees, Vanek, Miller and free agents’ fates

TSN's Darren Dreger, Bob McKenzie and Pierre LeBrun addressed several topics in an Insider Trading video, and TSN also provided a transcription of said commentary:

The NHL is apparently seeking officials...

Dreger: They're calling it the NHL Exposure Combine and the belief is that they're hoping to bring in upwards of 60 high-level prospects. They're going to collect these, literally, from around the world, but yes, they will send invites to certain universities and NCAA colleges for those graduating hockey players who perhaps want to pursue a career as an NHL on-ice official.

They'll hold the combine in August in Buffalo. There will be considerable physical testing but it's all part of trying to expand the search and every other year, they'll do an amateur version.

McKenzie: I smell a reality show coming: “So You Wanna Be a Ref?”

Pierre LeBrun has a quick one-timer for us on Thomas Vanek.

LeBrun: Vanek is obviously loving his time in Montreal so far but I spoke with his agent Steve Bartlett earlier on Tuesday who said the plan has not deviated. They told the Sabres last summer that they're going to July 1. They told the Islanders after he got traded that it's going to July 1 and that remains the plan right now.

Let's see if a little playoff magic might change his mind.

As is customary, LeBrun penned a set of "Rumblings" on ESPN, too:

Ryan Miller was just the perfect fit for the St. Louis Blues at the trade deadline -- few people would argue that. The question is will he be the perfect fit past this season?

The Blues certainly hope so. They’ve already made it clear to Miller and his agent, Mike Liut, that they intend to aggressively try to re-sign the goalie after the season, hoping the former Vezina Trophy winner will stay on board.

There are some who felt the Blues would wait to see how Miller performed in the playoffs before making that decision, but not so. They’ve already decided they want to keep him but won’t begin contract talks until after the year is over.

It wouldn’t surprise me if Miller gives it some serious thought. St. Louis is an awfully popular city with players, and the Blues will be a contender for a few more years to come.

On the flip side, July 1 isn’t that far away and he’s never been on the open market.

LeBrun continues, discussing the fate of Ales Hemsky, Vanek, and David Bolland's attempts to inspire Toronto.

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  Tags: montreal+canadiens, ryan+miller, st.+louis+blues, thomas+vanek

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