Latest on the 2015 Stanley Cup Finalists, an update on the Ducks and Rangers, plus the latest on Shea Weber and more.
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: Erik Erlendsson draws comparisons to the 2004 Stanley Cup champion Lightning and the current Stanley Cup Finalist, noting the similarities of the two. “A young, talented nucleus of players surrounded by key veterans advance to the Stanley Cup finals,” writes Erlendsson.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Brent Seabrook may be overshadowed at times by Duncan Keith, but his play has been just as vital to the Blackhawks defense corps.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks must find a solution to their recent stage fright in Game 7 play.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s been some murmurs of replacing head coach Bruce Boudreau, but the club has steadily improved under his watch, plus there’s not many options left among the available coaches. Roster tweaks appear more likely.
NEW YORK POST: It could cost the New York Rangers around $6.5 million per season on a five-year deal to re-sign restricted free agent Derek Stepan.
THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber (dislocated kneecap) is progressing well and expects to be ready for training camp in September.
NBC SPORTS: Changes could be coming regarding the compensation rules for team hiring executives fired by their former clubs. The regular-season overtime format will also be discussed this week by the NHL competition committee.