Updates on the Stanley Cup Finalists, Ducks speak with former Senators coach Paul MacLean and more.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: If the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in Game Six of the Final tonight, they’ll become the first Chicago pro sports team to win a championship at home since the 1997 NBA Bulls.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov, who suffered an apparent shoulder injury in Game Five, is reportedly feeling better and could suit up for Game Six. Kucherov traveled with the team to Chicago.
NBC SPORTS: Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson claims to be disappointed and frustrated over Glendale City Council’s attempt to break its arena lease agreement with his team. He also said he feels unwelcome by the council, but appreciates the support of the team’s fans and hopes the Coyotes stay put. Ekman-Larsson also noted the council’s move will make it more difficult for the club to attract free agents.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Coyotes were already going to face difficulty attracting free-agent talent this summer because they’re obviously in a rebuilding mode, even if their management doesn’t want to publicly refer to it as such. The latest arena lease follies certainly doesn’t help matters.
OTTAWA SUN: The Anaheim Ducks received permission to speak with former Ottawa Senators head coach Paul MacLean regarding their vacant assistant coach position.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: The Allen Americans won the ECHL Kelly Cup. The Americans are an affiliate of the San Jose Sharks.