Latest Stanley Cup news, Steen undergoes shoulder surgery and much more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: The Penguins will continue to focus on their strong forecheck as their best tool to win Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.
THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks winger Tomas Hertl missed practice on Friday for what coach Peter DeBoer called a “maintenance issue.” Hertl is questionable for Game 3 tonight in San Jose.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: “Pittsburgh police say two Massachusetts men printed up bogus Stanley Cup Final tickets and tried to sell them outside the Penguins arena.”
STLTODAY.COM: Blues forward Alexander Steen underwent successful surgery on his left shoulder and will be re-evaluated in 16 weeks.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars GM Jim Nill reiterates he has no intention of buying out Kari Lehtonen or Antti Niemi and intends to head into next season with his goalie tandem intact. Nill also acknowledged he’s open to changes.
BOSTON HERALD: Bruins GM Don Sweeney continues to hold contract discussions with pending unrestricted free agent right wing Loui Eriksson. He also intends to begin contract extension talks in July with winger Brad Marchand, who’s eligible next summer for UFA status.
THE SCORE: Calgary Flames winger Johnny Gaudreau had a birthday surprise for a young fan whose family lost their home in the Fort McMurray fires.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien pushed for his club to bring back Kirk Muller as an assistant coach. Muller will work on improving a Habs power play that ranked 25th in the league this season. He said his conversation with Therrien convinced him to return to Montreal, where his played for nearly four seasons and worked as an assistant coach for six.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some Habs followers interpreted Muller’s hiring as putting pressure upon Therrien. Apparently, that’s not the case.
YAHOO! SPORTS: Quebecor chairman of the board and former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney isn’t confident Quebec City will be chosen for NHL expansion. “Eventually, we will have a team in Quebec, I think, but it will not be for tomorrow,” said Mulroney, citing how the exchange rate for the Canadian dollar hurts Quebec City’s current bid.
TSN: “The latest legal battle in the NHL concussion lawsuit involves 91 confidential documents that lawyers for the league inadvertently handed over in the case, but now want to keep secret.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Growing up in the 1970s, I was fortunate to watch many of Ali’s fights on television. RIP Champ, you transcended boxing and was the greatest of all time.