Game recaps, Colorado and Minnesota to get Stadium Series, updates on Evgeni Malkin, Sergei Boborovsky and Kimmo Timonen, Ray Whitney retires, and much more.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Chicago Blackhawks blew a 2-0 lead but would defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 thanks to shootout goals by Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. The Penguins were playing without Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang, who were sidelined by injuries.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Two goals by Logan Couture helped the San Jose Sharks double up the Los Angeles Kings 4-2.
THE DENVER POST: Ryan O’Reilly’s late third-period goal set the stage for Nathan MacKinnnon’s shootout winner as the Colorado Avalanche rallied to edge the Boston Bruins 3-2.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”
THE DENVER POST/TWINCITIES.COM: The Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild will finally host outdoor NHL games. The Avalanche are expected to host the Detroit Red Wings, most likely at Coors Field in 2016. The Wild will host the Chicago Blackhawks at either TCF Bank Stadium or Target Field in 2016 or 2017.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: About time the NHL finally staged outdoor games in Denver and Minneapolis-St. Paul. They’ve had a distinct blind spot toward those cities when it comes to their Stadium Series for some time.
USA TODAY: It’s possible Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin and Columbus’ Sergei Bobrovsky could miss the upcoming NHL All-Star Game in Columbus because of injuries.
STLTODAY.COM: Martin Brodeur is taking a further leave of absence from the Blues as he determines his future plans.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen, sidelined by blood clots in his legs, still hopes to return to action this season.
CBS SPORTS: Long-time NHL star Ray Whitney has announced his retirement. Whitney played 22 seasons, amassing 385 goals and 1, 064 points with the San Jose Sharks, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings, Carolina Hurricanes, Arizona Coyotes and Dallas Stars. He won a Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Whitney in his future endeavors.
NBC SPORTS: The declining Canadian dollar (current worth .81 cents USD) could have a significant impact on the NHL salary cap for next season. Projected at $73 million, the league has assured teams it won’t fall below $71 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Teams currently pressed for cap space for 2015-16, like the Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks, LA Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins, will certainly feel the pinch this summer.
TSN.CA: The expansion fee for a Las Vegas NHL expansion franchise could reach as high as $500 million. Meanwhile, a U.S. bankruptcy judge has ruled the NHL should not receive the $145 million it demanded from former Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes.
CHICAGO DAILY HERALD: Reporter Mike Spellman passed away suddenly from an apparent heart attack on his 51st birthday. Spellman covered the Chicago Blackhawks for the Herald, taking over from long-time ‘Hawks beat writer Tim Sassone, who succumbed to cancer last year.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My sympathies to Spellman’s family, friends and colleagues.