Updates on the Sharks, Penguins, Blues and more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines.
THE MERCURY NEWS: There will be a rally from 2 pm to 10 p.m. at Plaza de Cesar Chavez, 194 S. Market St. in San Jose on Monday (Memorial Day) to celebrate the Sharks’ first trip to the Stanley Cup Final.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta found redemption after being benched for three games during the Eastern Conference Final. Trevor Daley’s broken ankle brought Maatta back into the lineup and he responded well over the rest of the series.
STLTODAY.COM: During the Blues lockout cleanout day, goalie Brian Elliott denied fatigue was a factor that took him out of Games 4 and 5 of the Western Conference Final. Pending UFA forwards David Backes and Troy Brouwer said they’d like to return. Scottie Upshall played the final two playoff series with a broken and dislocated right thumb. Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, subject of frequent trade speculation, said he’d like to return with the Blues next season but admitted that decision is out of his hands. Several players, asked about the status of head coach Ken Hitchcock, said they hope he’s back next season.
TORONTO SUN: Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban is taking being passed over for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey in stride. “I just want to see Canada win gold so I’ll be there cheering like everybody else,” said Subban.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: MInnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise recently said his rehab for a season-ending back injury (herniated disk) is going well. Parise opted for rehab over surgery and is optimistic he’ll be ready to play for Team USA in the World Cup of Hockey in September.
THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne is encouraged by his strong finish to this past season. He had an inconsistent first half but finished the regular season with a record of 14-3-2, posting a 2.27 goals-against average and .921 save percentage. He also backstopped the Predators past the Anaheim Ducks in the opening round of the playoffs.
THE PROVINCE: With Mattias Ohlund’s contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning finally completed, the Vancouver Canucks can finally induct him into their Ring of Honour.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Despite Kevin Stevens’ recent troubles with drugs and the law, his friends and former teammates are still hoping he can overcome his addiction.