Sharks eliminate the Predators, Kings re-sign coach Darryl Sutter and more in today’s collection of NHL morning headlines.
THE MERCURY NEWS/THE TENNESSEAN: The San Jose Sharks demolished the Nashville Predators 5-0 to win Game 7 of their second-round series and advance to the Western Conference Final. Logan Couture picked up his franchise-record 11th point in one series by scoring one of the goals, while Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Joel Ward also tallied for the Sharks. It was truly a night to forget for the Predators, who dropped all four games in this series in San Jose and couldn’t get its offense going in Games 5 and 7.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: From the opening whistle, the Sharks completely dominated the Predators, whose best players were at their worst in this one. San Jose will now face the St. Louis Blues in the Conference Finals, which begins on Sunday evening.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings will reportedly announce today they’ve re-signed head coach Darryl Sutter to a new contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So much for the recent speculation suggesting he might depart because he’s unhappy over the direction of the Kings.
THE WASHINGTON POST: As the Capitals cleaned out their lockers for this season, some of them revealed the seriousness of the injuries they suffered over the course of this season. A sore lower back caused Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin to miss the All-Star Game. Defenseman Karl Alzner suffered a partially torn groin that might require surgery. Blueliner Brooks Orpik missed half the season with a cracked femur, then suffered a concussion and neck injury in the opening-round series against the Philadelphia Flyers. Defenseman John Carlson broke his ankle in December and needed surgery in February.
NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils forward Patrik Elias underwent successful knee surgery on Wednesday, while goaltender Cory Schneider went under the knife on Tuesday to repair a core muscle injury.
SPORTSNET: In a letter to Glendale city manager Ken Phelps, Arizona Coyotes CEO and president Anthony LeBlanc stated the club’s intent to play its home games elsewhere after the 2016-17 season. “By unilaterally breaking a 15-year signed management agreement with the team — a contract the Coyotes would have honoured for the length of its term — the Council effectively evicted us from our home.” The Coyotes and the city of Glendale reached a new lease agreement last July after the city had voted to terminate the original agreement, prompting threats of a multi-million dollar lawsuit by the team. The franchise is being wooed by Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton to move into a new downtown arena to be shared with the NBA’s Phoenix Suns.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As the piece noted, it wouldn’t be summer without drama of some sort involving the Coyotes. This time, they’re relocating, but it’s obvious they’re not leaving the state.
THE PROVINCE: The Vancouver Canucks won’t have an easy task replacing goalie coach Roland Melanson. Rumor has it former Canucks goalie Dan Cloutier could be hired for the job. Other options include former NHL goalies Bill Ranford and Alex Auld.