NHL final draft order unveiled, Kings release preseason schedule, plus updates on Vincent Lecavalier, Matt Cooke and more.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The city of Chicago estimates two million people turned out for the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup victory parade on Thursday.
NBC SPORTS: Agent Kent Hughes, who represents Philadelphia Flyer center Vincent Lecavalier, said his client won’t retire “under any circumstance”. There was speculation earlier this season Lecavalier might retire before the end of his five-year contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was suggested Lecavalier might consider retiremet at the end of next season if dealt to another club this summer, allowing him to end his career on his terms. Evidently, that’s not the case.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: The Minnesota Wild have placed forward Matt Cooke on waivers, apparently with the intent of buying out the remainder of his contract in order to clear cap space. Cooke, 36, one more year left on his contract at a $2.5 million cap hit with a $3 million salary.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This could also mean the Wild are unable to buy out goaltender Niklas Backstrom, who recently underwent elbow surgery.
NHL.COM: The final order of selection for the upcoming 2015 NHL Draft has been released.
THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: “Glendale officials asked a judge this week to allow the city to skip a $3.75 million payment to the Arizona Coyotes, and in the process outlined the city’s legal argument for terminating its arena agreement with the team.”
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The LA Kings have released their preseason schedule, which kicks off against the Arizona Coyotes on Sept. 21 in Bakersfield.
WGR 500: Buffalo Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma hired Terry Murray and Dave Barr as his assistant coaches.