That’s it folks, the playoffs are over. Over this next week, teams will be preparing to finalize their Expansion Draft protection lists, which means we will more than likely see a Minnesota Wild trade or two in the coming days. So...
Some interesting Twitter tidbits from last night.
The six D who dressed for PIT in the Cup Final have never received a Norris vote. First time a champion has done it.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 12, 2017
Phil Kessel is now a two-time Stanley Cup Champion.— Platinum Seat Ghosts (@3rdPeriodSuits) June 12, 2017
Matt Murray, still technically an NHL rookie, now with two Stanley Cup rings. So there's that.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 12, 2017
Enjoy the Walk.
I almost didn’t include this, but hey, it’s something. I promise we’ll have more in the coming weeks.
Tending the Fields
“In a collaboration between the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) and Russian Ice Hockey Federation, the Russian National Team (RNT) will come to the United States this October for two weeks of training and competition.”
Off the Trail
For the first time in the Salary Cap Era, an NHL team has won the Stanley Cup in back to back years.
“The Penguins captain finished second on the Penguins with 27 points in 24 games and was a three-zone force throughout the playoffs.”
Not all heroes wear capes.
“The Florida Panthers are closing in on a deal that would make San Jose Sharks assistant Bob Boughner the club's new head coach, TSN's Bob McKenzie reported Saturday morning.”
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to include this under Wild News.
The Chicago Blackhawks will once again have to find a way to find cap space and some other NHL team will gladly help them do it.