• The All-Star Game will again be 3-on-3 this season, only with the “John Scott Rule.” Eligible players must be on their club’s active roster as of Nov. 1 and cannot be assigned to a minor league team before Jan. 26. This would have kept Scott, last year’s MVP after fans voted him as captain, out of the game because after Arizona traded him to Montreal, the Canadiens assigned him to the AHL. Once again, only six forwards, three defensemen and two goalies per division can be named to the All-Star Game. If that rule’s going to continue, goalie Devan Dubnyk or defenseman Ryan Suter may be the Wild’s selection for the rest of eternity. How else would a Wild forward be named in a division that includes Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Vladimir Tarasenko, Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Mark Scheifele, Patrik Laine, Blake Wheeler, Nathan MacKinnon, Matt Duchene, Filip Forsberg and more?
• Next season’s big free-agent chip won’t ever hit the market. Brent Burns, 31, the Wild’s 2003 first-round pick, signed an eight-year, $64 million extension with San Jose. Since being dealt for Charlie Coyle, Devin Setoguchi and a first-round pick that became bust Zack Phillips, Burns has 258 points in 364 games with the Sharks. “Really exciting day for us and really happy to be here long-term,” Burns said in a Twitter direct message.
• Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley didn’t get his nickname wish of the Black Knights due to West Point’s contention, but he did get their color scheme of black, gold, steel gray, white and red in the uniforms.