Updates on Martin St. Louis, Ryan Callahan, Corey Perry, Mike Babcock, plus the latest on the Blue Jackets, Bruins, Stars, Coyotes and Islanders.
NHL Playoff Headlines.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers winger Martin St. Louis said he won’t let friendships or his personal feelings get in the way when he faces off against his former club, the Tampa Bay Lightning, in the Eastern Conference Final. “This is playoff hockey,” he said. “We have the rest of our lives to be friends. This is right now a team that’s in our way of getting where we want to be.”
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: Lightning winger and former Ranger Ryan Callahan, who underwent an emergency appendectomy earlier this week, is optimistic he’ll play in Game One today of the Eastern Conference Final.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Anaheim Ducks winger Corey Perry (injured right knee) returned to practice on Friday and is expected to be in the lineup for the opening game of the Western Conference Final on Sunday.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks productive fourth line of Andrew Shaw, Marcus Kruger and Andrew Desjardins will be tested against the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Final.
Other Notable NHL Headlines.
THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is expected to reach a decision about his future next week, possibly by Wednesday, May 20. In other Red Wings news, they’ve renamed the trophy awarded to the champion of the NHL Prospect Tournament the Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup. Wuest was the founder of the site RedWingsCentral.com and was the genius behind the popular site CapGeek.com. He died of colon cancer earlier this year.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nice to see Babcock won’t be stretching out his decision over his future plans. Kudos as well to the Wings for honoring Wuest.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets will announce their new captain next week.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s assumed Nick Foligno is the leading candidate for the captaincy.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty wonders why it’s taking the Boston Bruins so long to name a new general manager. One reason could be they’re still hoping to receive permission from the New York Rangers to speak to their assistant GM Jeff Gorton.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s a risk that wait could last until mid-June if the Rangers march again to the Stanley Cup Final. Assistant GM Don Sweeney is still considered the front runner for the job.
ASSOCIATED PRESS (VIA BOSTON HERALD): Dallas Stars’ left wing Jamie Benn, defenseman Jason Demers and right wing Ales Hemsky were among several people evacuated from the club’s practice facility as local police searched for suspects in an armed robbery in the facility’s parking garage. No injuries were reported.
TSN.CA: Rick Westhead reports “senior elected city officials in Glendale, Arizona, say they are exploring whether legal grounds exist for them to void an arena management contract with the Arizona Coyotes.” The Coyotes quickly refuted the report, though Westhead claimed team owner Andrew Barroway declined to address the facts in his story before it was published.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: We just can’t seem to go through a postseason or offseason without a story on the struggles of the Coyotes. This will only fuel speculation the club will be relocated to Las Vegas or Seattle.
NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders are selling melted ice (with a certificate of authenticity) from the Nassau Coliseum’s final meltdown before the club moves to Barclays Center next season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Well, at least it comes with a certificate of authenticity…