Hockey fans were treated to another good game in Pittsburgh last night as the season's best teams duked it out. These days in between games where there no games being played always sneak up on me and leave me with a hollow and empty feeling, even when our team has been out of the picture for over a month. It just seems odd that the season could truly be over, even in June. Even when an very exciting offseason is about to truly begin, it feels like I'm waiting to hear my own echo get back to me after yelling into a cave. But I digress. There is plenty to get to today, so let's be on our way.
Here's one of my favorite Mike Doughty tunes to start your day off with a smile. Walk it out.
Minnesota Wild Fifteen Greatest Players: #5 Ryan Suter
Ryan Suter has been a pillar of defense. His 148 assists are a record by a defenseman in Minnesota Wild history, but for Suter it’s not about records.
Dare to dream: Could Wild and Wolves some day be the next Sharks and Warriors? - StarTribune.com
The Bay Area in Northern California will host the NBA and Stanley Cup Finals this weekend.
Penguins' Cullen, family craving Stanley Cup No. 2 - StarTribune.com
Matt Cullen and family are relishing the 39-year-old's resurgence with the Penguins. After Pittsburgh won the Eastern Conference title, his children danced in the locker room.
Was NHL vet Paul Martin as much of a Minnesota prep star as Joe Mauer? - StarTribune.com
Mauer’s high school exploits at Cretin-Derham Hall are the stuff of legend, and for good reason. That said, a case can be made that Paul Martin had a prep career of similar substance at Elk River.
Sharks' Justin Braun playing Stanley Cup Final with heavy heart - Sportsnet.ca
San Jose Sharks defenceman Justin Braun played Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final with a heavy heart after learning that his father-in-law, Tom Lysiak, died on Monday.
Off The Trail
How NHL teams benefit from the Draft Combine interview process - Sportsnet.ca
The NHL Draft Combine is more than just fitness drills -- it's also a chance for NHL teams to meet with prospects in an interview setting. Here's what the teams can get out of it.
Free agent Troy Brouwer thinks about joining Canucks - Sportsnet.ca
Free agent Troy Brouwer thinks about joining the Vancouver Canucks: "Family and friends, playing for my hometown — it would be an experience for sure."
This Summer’s Top 10 Underrated Free Agent Targets
This just in: Steven Stamkos is scheduled to become a free agent. Here's who else you should be paying attention to this summer.
Brent Burns and his odyssey to hockey oddity | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
"At the end of the day I just love playing both. I don’t take it as a slight to asked to get switched."