Updates from the Rangers-Capitals series, latest on Kimmo Timonen, the NHL coaching carousel and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Though the Capitals top line (Alexander Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Joel Ward) has been held scoreless in their last three games against the New York Rangers, their coach and teammates are pleased with their efforts.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks sings the praises of Rangers center Derek Stepan, suggesting he could earn $6 million annually on his next contract.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Despite seeing a limited role with the Blackhawks, defenseman Kimmo Timonen is thrilled to have a shot at winning the Stanley Cup.
TORONTO SUN: The Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch lists the top NHL coaches who could be available for hire this summer and lists their potential destinations. Topping the list, of course, is Detroit Red Wings bench boss Mike Babcock.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said he has no plans to pursue Babcock, who’s been given permission to speak with rival teams.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bang goes the theory that Penguins ownership wasn’t serious when it claimed current coach Mike Johnston would return next season.
BOSTON HERALD: Stephen Harris reports a reliable NHL source claims Bruins assistant GM Don Sweeney recently met with head coach Claude Julien, which suggests Sweeney could become the Bruins new GM and Julien could return behind the Boston bench.
MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings have signed prospect Dominic Turgeon to an entry-level contract. Turgeon is the son of former NHL star Pierre Turgeon.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Former NHL player and Arizona Coyotes radio commentator Nick Boynton recently plead guilty disorderly conduct at Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino in March. He’s agreed to perform 100 hours of community service.