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Elias Lindholm's press conference and the signing of his entry-level contract highlighted Monday's press conference at PNC Arena. But there were some other newsy items:

-- Canes general manager Jim Rutherford said he has not had another meeting with N.C. State chancellor Randy Woodson but does not believe there will be any scheduling conflicts when the NHL's 2013-2014 schedule is released.

The Canes had a June 1 deadline for finalizing their home dates for next season and faced possible fines from the league for any dates that had to later be changed. NCSU has priority on dates in PNC Arena for its men's basketball and commencement exercises, and still had locked down potential dates prior to June 1.

"I don't believe anything is going to be affected by this year's schedule -- not that I know of right now," Rutherford said. "And we'll continue to work on something that can work for both sides."

-- The Canes' prospects camp will have a facelift this year. The on-ice sessions will be held at PNC Arena, not Raleigh Center Ice. And while head trainer Pete Friesen still will lead the players through some off-ice workouts, there won't be as many or as intense.

"The way it's been done before it was more off-ice training," Rutherford said. "I think it was really too hard on the players and we didn't get as much out of it, and I'm not sure the players got as much out of it from a hockey point of view. It's going to be more from a skills point of view, where they're going to be on-ice."

The on-ice sessions will be open to the public and will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. on Friday. The team's Summerfest will be Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. and include a team scrimmage at noon.

"Being in the big building, the players will be more adjusted for training camp," Rutherford said. "They're going to dress right in the big room. The perception of these players when they first come to town is what they first see, and it's a big difference being in our practice rink and at the big rink."

-- There has been speculation about whether the Canes still are looking to sign a top-level free agent or work a trade. It could be both. While Rutherford did not discuss it, it's believed the Canes could be interested in signing free-agent defenseman Ron Hainsey of the Winnipeg Jets.

Should the Canes sign Hainsey, they would have to move a contract because of the salary-cap squeeze.

-- Lindholm did head for South Beach after the NHL draft in New Jersey but not to check out the famous South Florida party scene.

"I got some vacation with my family," he said. "It was a small group but it was fun, having some good dinners and so-so. It was nice to relax."

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A Raleigh native, Chip has worked at the N&O since 1979 and is the Canes beat writer. He can be reached at You can follow him on Twitter at @ice_chip.