Updates on the Stanley Cup Finalists, Devils to announce new head coach, plus updates on Mats Zuccarello, Kris Letang and more.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks must deal with their unfamiliarity of the Lightning and their speed, but remain confident they can adjust.
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop is clutch when it matters most.
NBC SPORTS: Oddsmakers name Chicago’s Jonathan Toews and Tampa Bay’s Tyler Johnson as favorites for the 2015 Conn Smythe Trophy.
NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils will today officially announce the hiring of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coach John Hynes as their new bench boss.
TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild and goaltender Devan Dubnyk will begin contract talks this week.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (concussion) has been officially cleared to resume workouts, but Pascal Dupuis (blood clots) has yet to receive such clearance.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello revealed he suffered a brain contusion, a hairline skull fracture and had difficulty speaking for four days after being struck in the head by a puck on April 24 against the Pittsburgh Penguins He’s expected to be fully recovered by training camp in September.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Turns out the rumors Zuccarello suffered worse than a concussion weren’t so far-fetched after all.
NHL.COM: The Rangers acquired a 7th-rd pick in the 2015 NHL Draft from the Tampa Bay Lightning (originally NYR’s pick) in exchange for defenseman Daniel Walcott.
CSNNE.COM: While there’s still no official word on Julien’s future, all signs point to him returning as Bruins head coach next season. It’s believed changes to his coaching staff are being discussed with management.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: One gets the sense Julien already knows his job is safe but the Bruins front office doesn’t feel it necessary to share that information with the media.
PHILLY.COM: The Chicago Blackhawks reaching the Stanley Cup Final means the Philadelphia Flyers will receive the maximum return of second-round draft picks this year and in 2016 from the Kimmo Timonen trade. The 2015 first-round pick they’ll receive from the Tampa Bay Lightning from the Braydon Coburn trade will be 29th or 30th overall.
THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Coyotes will unveil new uniforms at their team draft party on June 26.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Former Blackhawks center and ex-Lightning coach Steve Ludzik is suing the NHL, claiming the league failed to warn him of the significant risk of brain damage during his 10-year playing career. Ludzik suffers from Parkinson’s disease, which he claims is a result of repeated concussion injuries from his playing career.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: A number of NHL salary-data websites are popping up to fill the void left by the recently-defunct CapGeek.com, which was closed down earlier this year prior to the death of its founder, Matthew Wuest.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The NHL could’ve filled that void but league commissioner Gary Bettman mistakenly believes fans aren’t interested in player salaries. The league is missing out on a possibly lucrative new revenue stream.