The puck drops for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final tonight at 6:00. Can the Rangers rebound and take one on the road? Which goalie will have the better night? Will California Chrome win the Triple Crown? Only time will tell.
Lots of news yesterday with an overload of Game 1 analysis, the Mike Yeo/Chuck Fletcher press conference, the expected firing of Dan Bylsma, and the unexpected signing of new Penguins GM Jim Rutherford.
On to the Walk.
Yeo's three-year contract is made official | Star Tribune- In case you missed the press conference yesterday.
Wild GM Chuck Fletcher expects Josh Harding back for training camp - TwinCities.com- Going into the season with three healthy goaltenders could be an interesting situation.
Wild need a scorer but don't feel urgency to tinker - TwinCities.com- A scorer would be..um....nice.
Stanley Cup News
2014 Stanley Cup finals: New York Rangers' Marc Staal seeing game with new focus - ESPN- Marc hopes to be the third Staal in the family to raise the cup.
What was behind the Kings' dominant 3rd period in Game 1? - Jewels From The Crown- I guess changing up lines can actually work sometimes! Who knew?
Stanley Cup Final Game 1 scores big ratings for NBC | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Great news for hockey fans. The Minneapolis/St. Paul market was the sixth best in the country.
Off The Trail
The untraditional, illogical hiring of Jim Rutherford by Pittsburgh Penguins | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Pens fans will likely question this move for quite some time.
Dan Bylsma fired by Pittsburgh Penguins and new GM Jim Rutherford | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- How many days until Bylsma signs a new contract somewhere?
Why Plus/Minus is the Worst Statistic in Hockey - Arctic Ice Hockey- Great article from our friends to the north on how bad plus/minus really is.
Cory Schneider won't sign extension until Devils guarantee him 60 games | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Schneider's never started more than 50 games in a season and he's had enough of playing second fiddle.
Martin Brodeur will test the free-agent market - ESPN New York- Which team takes the bait?
NHL Grab Bag: It’s the Stanley Cup Final, Dammit! - Always funny work over at the Triangle.
If World Cup arrives, does NHL participation in Olympics end? (Trending Topics) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- I have to admit, a World Cup does sound intriguing.