Latest on Peter Laviolette, Brad Richards and Kasperi Kapanen, plus updates on the Blues, changes to NHL overtime and expansion to Las Vegas.
NBC SPORTS: NHL general managers and players want changes to the regular-season overtime format, but disagree on specifics. The GMs want to a adopt a seven-minute overtime in which the first three minutes are played four-on-four. If there’s no winner by then, the rest of that period is played three-on three. The NHLPA, however, is concerned that could create more wear-and-tear for the players.
THE NEW YORK TIMES: It appears likely the NHL will expand into Las Vegas in the near future.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I anticipate the league will have either an expansion or relocated franchise in Vegas by the end of this decade. I’ll likely happen sooner than that.
THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators coach Peter Laviolette credits his players for his Adams Trophy nomination.
STLTODAY.COM: There could be a change among Blues forwards next season. Given the club’s lack of postseason success, the Blues might move one of their playoff underachievers (Alex Steen, David Backes or T.J. Oshie) leading up to the NHL Draft on June 26-27.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blues need to build around rising talents like Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz. I believe Oshie is the most likely trade candidate.
ESPN.COM: Brad Richards is hoping to re-sign with the Chicago Blackhawks. Given the club’s limited cap space, he admits that could be difficult.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It could depend upon which players management trades in salary-dumping deals and how much it costs to re-sign RFAs Brandon Saad and Marcus Kruger.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Kasperi Kapanen hopes to crack the roster next season.