Second-round recaps, Ducks fired head coach Bruce Boudreau, NHL draft lottery odds, expansion news & more in today’s collection of notable NHL headlines.
NHL Playoff Recaps
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS/STLTODAY.COM: Rookie forward Radek Faksa scored the game-winning goal and collected an assist as the Dallas Stars edged the St. Louis Blues 2-1 in Game One of their second-round series. Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scored for the Blues and goalie Brian Elliott made 40 saves in a losing cause.
THE MERCURY NEWS/YAHOO SPORTS: Joel Ward (left) assisted on the game-tying goal and tallied the game winner as the San Jose Sharks scored five goals in the third period to down the Nashville Predators 5-2 in the opening game of their second-round series. Logan Couture also scored twice for the Sharks, while Mike Fisher and Ryan Johansen scored for the Preds.
Notable NHL Headlines
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Only two days after the Anaheim Ducks were eliminated from the opening round of the playoffs, head coach Bruce Boudreau was relieved of his duties.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Boudreau wasn’t solely to blame for the Ducks inability to win in Game 7 situations, but he deserves his share of it. He probably won’t be unemployed for long, as there will be clubs lining up to hire him, notable the Ottawa Senators. Ducks GM Bob Murray wasn’t happy with his roster’s performance in their opening-round elimination at the hands of the Predators. I’ll have more on that later this morning in my Rumors section.
TSN: The NHL and the NHL Players Association have agreed upon the “rules of engagement” for an expansion draft widely expected to be held in June 2017. While those rules haven’t been officially released yet, sources claim players with no-movement/no-trade clause won’t be exempt from the draft. It’s believed the league will charge $500 million for an expansion franchise. “Existing teams would be allowed to protect seven forwards, three defencemen and one goaltender or eight skaters and a goaltender.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No-movement/no-trade clauses were expected to be a sticking point for the NHLPA. The language in the current collective bargaining agreement didn’t specifically indicate that those clauses applied to an expansion draft. As per General Fanager, 153 players currently have no-trade/no-movement clauses in their contracts for 2016-17.
SI.COM: Hey, kids! The NHL Draft Lottery is tonight!
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m hoping the Edmonton Oilers win it again. That’s because there’s a dark, evil part of me that would revel in the ensuing chaos and the league’s embarrassment.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals winger Tom Wilson was fined $2,403.67 for kneeing Pittsburgh’s Conor Sheary, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced on Friday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: To tell the truth, I’m surprised the league even fined Wilson. I really expected them to just shrug it off because Sheary finished the game.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres re-signed left wing Johan Larsson to a one-year, $950K contract extension.
NBC SPORTS: The St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals will play an exhibition game on Oct. 5 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.