Updates on Steven Stamkos and Brandon Saad, the Coyotes arena lease situation, several pending UFAs told they won’t be re-signed and more.
Stanley Cup Final updates.
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: Lightning captain Steven Stamkos has yet to score in the Stanley Cup Final. His last goal came in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Final.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks winger Brandon Saad is an emerging star and it’s going to cost a lot of money to keep him in Chicago.
NBC SPORTS: The 2015 Stanley Cup Final is the second-most watched through the first four games in 18 years.
Latest on the Coyotes arena lease situation.
THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Coyotes claim the city of Glendale’s attempt to break its arena lease agreement won’t affect their offseason budget.
TSN.CA: The city of Glendale will start contacting management companies to begin booking dates this fall and winter at the Gila River Arena. Glendale vice mayor Ian Hugh claims that, because of the city council’s vote to break the agreement, the Coyotes are without a place to play their home games. “The vice mayor also told TSN that while he still hopes the Coyotes and city are able to reach a new agreement for arena management contract and tenancy, Glendale needs to begin making other plans in case the two sides don’t settle their differences.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And there it is, kids, the real reason why the Glendale city council voted to break their lease agreement. They don’t want to drive the Coyotes out of town, because that will leave the arena without an anchor tenant. What they really want is a new agreement with better terms so they’re not losing so much money. Glendale is expected to lose $8.7 million in this fiscal year off the current agreement. Rest assured the team, and the NHL, will seek swift legal measures to ensure the Coyotes continue to play their home games next season at the Gila River Arena while the current spat over the lease agreement goes through the courts.
Other notable NHL headlines.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis has been cleared to begin full-contact workouts after team doctors found a blood thinner that will allow him to continue his playing career. Dupuis missed most of last season after being diagnosed with a blood clot. The club also informed defensemen Paul Martin and Christian Ehrhoff, as well as forward Maxim Lapierre, they won’t be re-signed. The trio are unrestricted free agents on July 1.
STLTODAY.COM: Long-time Blues defenseman Barret Jackman was informed by the club he won’t be re-signed.
THE TENNESSEAN: Pending free-agent forward Matt Cullen is unlikely to return to the Nashville Predators.
NHL.COM: The Dallas Stars have placed goalie Jussi Rynnas on unconditional waivers. He will be playing in the KHL next season.
TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild have released their preseason schedule.