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June is here! You know what that means: june bugs. Lots of 'em. Also: warmer weather and sweat. And marching bands.... or maybe that's just me?

Game 1 was last night! The Indy 500 was this weekend! SPORTS!

In other news: The salary cap isn't going anywhere, Kessel's going nowhere, and Voynov is stationary too.

See below for even more news and some banjos!

Wild News

The Minnesota Wild Need to Sign David Backes | Gone Puck Wild
Please, in the name of all that you hold dear, in the name of all the children in Blaine and St. Louis Park, by Grabthar's Hammer and the sons of Warvan... PLEASE NO.

Off the Trail

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final tonight: Penguins vs. Sharks; Expansion chatter | StarTribune.com
later this week ("early June," to be exact) the nine-person executive committee, which includes Wild owner Craig Leipold, will convene to discuss expansion to Las Vegas.

Board of Governors will meet on expansion before NHL Awards | theScore.com
The NHL is expected to make a decision on its current expansion process before the NHL Awards on June 22.

Bettman says Voynov not eligible to play in World Cup | theScore.com
Former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov was named to Russia's World Cup roster last week, but NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday that the Russian Hockey Federation has been told that Voynov's ineligible to participate because he's under NHL suspension.

Bettman on Olympics: NHL teams not interested in paying to disrupt season | theScore.com
The likelihood of the NHL travelling to Pyeongchang for the 2018 Winter Olympics continues to dwindle.

Conn Smythe Power Rankings: Captain Joe steering the Sharks to new waters | theScore.com
Here are the five most worthy candidates to take home postseason MVP honors heading into the Stanley Cup Final Monday night in Pittsburgh:

Dupuis doing whatever Penguins need during Cup run | theScore.com
Although Dupuis was forced to call it a career back in December due to blood clots, he hasn't shied away from supporting his teammates. The 37-year-old still feels like a member of the team, tagging along for a playoff ride with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

5 bold predictions for the Stanley Cup Final | theScore.com
The Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks begins Monday night in Pennsylvania. Here are five surefire predictions for what will be a very entertaining series.