Blackhawks celebrate their Stanley Cup championship, Lightning return to Tampa Bay, an update on Ryan McDonagh and much more.
CSNCHICAGO.COM: The city of Chicago will honor the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks with a parade and rally on Thursday, June 18.
YAHOO! SPORTS: Game 6 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final pulled in the highest NHL ratings in Chicago ever for NBC.
CHICAGO BUSINESS: The Blackhawks have finally reached their financial goal, as they no longer need money from their owner’s other businesses to cover its player payroll.
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: The Lightning returned to Tampa Bay following their heartbreaking end to their Stanley Cup Final to an adoring, grateful crowd of 500 fans.
ESPN.COM: Craig Custance lists the Los Angeles Kings, Tampa Bay Lightning, Anaheim Ducks, New York Rangers and Nashville Predators as his top-five contenders for the 2016 Stanley Cup.
THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Glendale City Council will continue its legal efforts to terminate its 15-year, $225 million lease with the Arizona Coyotes in hopes of striking a better deal with the club.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ignore all the blather about how the city of Glendale doesn’t care about the Coyotes or the NHL. Their stance isn’t about driving away the Coyotes, as that would leave them without an anchor tenant for the Gila River Arena. This is all about trying to garner a better deal so they’re not losing money as they currently are under the existing agreement. In the past two fiscal years, the city council lost over $16 million. Though there’s a risk the council’s efforts could still force the departure of the Coyotes, it’s better than sticking with the current deal, as the club’s ownership could exercise its out-clause if losses reach $50 million by 2018. In other words, better to risk losing the Coyotes now and not lose as much money than stick with the current lease agreement, lose more money and risk the club’s departure in three years time.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh won’t require surgery on his broken right foot.
PITTSBURGHPENGUINS.COM: Jacques Martin has been hired as a special assistant to Penguins head coach Mike Johnston.
NBC SPORTS: Former NHL forward Sergei Kostitsyn is reportedly close to signing with an NHL team. Kostitsyn, 28, spent the past two seasons in the KHL.
NURNBERG ICE TIGERS: announced yesterday former NHL forward Colin Fraser will join their roster next season. Fraser, 30, played on Stanley Cup winners with Chicago (2010) and Los Angeles (2012 and 2014). He spent last season with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves.