Stanley Cup Final news, coaching hires and much more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines.
CBS SPORTS: Tickets to attend Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center run from between $1,125 to $11,000.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If you’re a season-ticket holder willing to part with your seat for tonight’s game, you can make yourself a tidy sum. Most, however, probably won’t part with them. They have a chance to watch the Pittsburgh Penguins perhaps make history by winning the Stanley Cup on home ice for the first time.
THE MERCURY NEWS: Drew Remenda has some recommendations for how the San Jose Sharks can win Game 5 tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If you’re interested, here’s my preview of Game 5.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur is no fan of the beards of San Jose Sharks stars Joe Thornton and Brent Burns, calling them “a disgrace to hockey.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lafleur is one of my favorite Habs and he’s never shy about voicing his opinion. In this instance, however, I’ll file this under “Old Man Yells at Cloud.” On to more serious hockey news…
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said there’s no truth to rumors claiming the Carolina Hurricanes could relocate. Despite team owner Peter Karmanos Jr being embroiled in a lawsuit with his three sons, Bettman insists the franchise is on sound financial ground.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given how Bettman fought to keep the Coyotes in Arizona and the Predators in Nashville, and how frequently he dispelled rumors about the Hurricanes and Florida Panthers over the years, I’ll take him at his word. Still, with NHL expansion a hot topic and speculation of Quebec City or Seattle getting a team one day, Bettman’s comments probably won’t do much to silence speculation over the Hurricanes’ future.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby will march in this year’s Capital Pride Parade in Washington on Saturday. For several years now, Holtby and his wife have increased their commitment to LGBT issues.
STLTODAY.COM: The Blues intend to keep their goalie tandem of Jake Allen and Brian Elliott intact for 2016-17.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given how effective they were in 2015-16, that shouldn’t come as a surprise.
SPORTSNET: Agent Allan Walsh, who represents New Jersey Devils forward Patrick Elias, said his 40-year-old client “desperately” wants to return for one more season. Elias is eligible for unrestricted free agency on July 1 and underwent another surgical procedure on his right knee in early-May.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I can see the Devils offering Elias a training-camp tryout and then signing him to a bonus-laden one-year deal.
TSN: Unhappy over an arbiter’s decision to reduce a 20-game suspension on Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman for hitting an on-ice official, the NHL filed a lawsuit against the NHLPA in hopes of having the original suspension reinstated.
TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild hired former Atlanta Thrashers bench boss John Anderson as an assistant coach.
THE HOCKEY NEWS: Former Columbus Blue Jackets and Ottawa Senators winger Nikita Filatov blames financial issues and not listening to the advice of former Jackets head coach Ken Hitchcock for why his NHL career flamed out. After struggling in the KHL, Filatov,26, isn’t ruling out a return to the NHL or AHL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Maybe his agent can wrangle a training-camp tryout this fall.