Updates on the Stanley Cup Finalists, plus the latest on the Kings, Ducks, Predators, Red Wings, Blue Jackets, Islanders and Coyotes.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks core seven players – Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Marian Hossa, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Patrick Sharp – “have accounted for 97 points this postseason and 507 points (179 goals, 328 assists) overall in the playoffs”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s why the Blackhawks are the closest thing the NHL has in today’s salary-cap system to a dynasty.
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: In his first full season as Lightning captain, Steven Stamkos is four wins away from Stanley Cup immortality.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Stamkos is among the NHL’s elite players. Leading his team to a championship is the only thing left to make his resume complete.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings GM Dean Lombardi admits the arrests this season of Slava Voynov (domestic violence charges) and Jarret Stoll (drug possession charges) means the team must do a better job to promote education and awareness among its players.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray intends to meet with coach Bruce Boudreau later this week to discuss the season and how it ended.
NBC SPORTS: Nashville Predators UFA center Mike Ribeiro is seeking a multi-year deal. No word on how much per season.
MLIVE.COM: With the Grand Rapids Griffins eliminated from the AHL playoffs, coach Jeff Blashill claims there’s no decision coming this week regarding his future with the Detroit Red Wings. Blashill is widely expected to become the Wings new head coach.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets have released their preseason schedule, which kicks off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sept. 21.
NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders intend to introduce a series of initiatives designed to ease their fans’ transition from the Nassau Coliseum to Barclays Center next season.
SPORTSNET: The city of Glendale will receive revenue increase from the Arizona Coyotes.