The Chicago Blackhawks are the 2014-2015 Stanley Cup Champions. Winning for the third time in the last six years and for the first time in Chicago since 1938, the Blackhawks defeated the Lightning 2-0 in Game 6. Duncan Keith who took home the Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP, scored the game winning goal and Patrick Kane put the game away with 5:14 left in regulation burying a beautiful feed from Brad Richards. After falling down 2-1 in the series, the Blackhawks won three straight to close out the series. The up and down Corey Crawford backstopped the Blackhawks to their second Cup in three years and Crawford rose to the occasion at the right time, posting a .975 save percentage over the final three games of the series. Keith with 21 points in playoffs became just the 11th defenseman to post 20 points in a post-season. The others whoRead More »
Game 4 Stanley Cup Final The Stanley Cup Final is all tied up at 2-2 as the series shifts back to Tampa Bay for Game 5. Jonathan Toews, Brandon Saad came up with clutch performances as the Blackhawks somehow preserved a 2-1 lead in the closing minutes to take Game 4 with a 2-1 win. Toews scored his 10th goal of the post-season in the second period and Brandon Saad would net the game winner for the Hawks at 6:22 of the third period. Patrick Sharp on Brandon Saad: "What is he 21 (actually, he's 22) years old? He looks like a grown man out there." #Blackhawks — Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) June 11, 2015 It might be the last goal Saad ever scores in a Blackhawk uniform as you know the Penguins believe they’re going to trade Nick Spaling for Saad in a couple weeks. The Lightning had to turnRead More »
David Morehouse gave Jim Rutherford a mandate (that came from the top) less than 24 hours after the Penguins were eliminated by the New York Rangers that there would be no discussion internally of trading Evgeni Malkin. To do that before conducting any off-season evaluation of the team, organization raised some red flags immediately around the league as to what’s really going on. Days later the Penguins on their official website were touting a headline, Malkin wants to be a Penguin for life. Now it’s all come into the clear with the Penguins potentially for sale as Penguins ownership views having Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin as more valuable to a prospective buyer. There’s no chance Malkin gets moved this summer due to the team being in play but that isn’t stopping chatter of Malkin not being happy, despite the face he puts on publicly. Rob Rossi of the TribRead More »
STANLEY CUP FINAL The Chicago Blackhawks like they often do find ways to win and did exactly that in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Trailing 1-0, the Blackhawks dominated play in the third period and scored twice in a 1:58 span, en route to a 2-1 victory over the Lightning in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Teuvo Teravainen (3) tied the game at 1-1 with 6:32 remaining in the regulation and Teravainen would could come up big moments later, creating a Lightning turnover with pressure on J.T. Brown and Antoine Vermette buried a shot past Ben Bishop to give the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead. The Chicago Blackhawks gave up a first round pick and top prospect for Antoine Vermette and the trade for months had been looking like a complete dud but Vermette who has dealt with being a healthy scratch at various points in post-season,Read More »
LATEST NHL BUZZ Ron Hextall’s patient approach of wanting to build the Flyers through the draft was never going to mesh with his boss Ed Snider and it has some executives around the league wondering if Hextall could be one and done — under one scenario — If Snider is able to land Mike Babcock who is said to covet more authority on personnel decisions along with a boat load of money, if he leaves Detroit. Hextall’s eye from the start has been on the future, trading Scott Hartnell for a broken down forward in R.J. Umberger for the sake of Umberger having two less years on his contract. Snider this week expressed frustration towards the Flyers patient approach this season. “It’s not like we don’t have pieces,” Snider said per Philly.com. “Now the question is, do we want those pieces to just die on the vine? And go forRead More »
The Western Conference leading Nashville Predators acquired defenseman Cody Franson and forward Mike Santorelli from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Nashville’s first-round selection in the 2015 Draft, and forwards Brendan Leipsic and Olli Jokinen. Franson the top available defenseman on the market, gives Nashville another blueliner who can play in all situations, while Santorelli adds scoring depth to a well rounded group that lacks a superstar forward but is a balanced two-way group. Nashville leads the NHL with 82 points and jumped ahead of other contenders in the West who had been chasing Franson like the Anaheim Ducks. The Penguins had been in the mix for Franson but Pittsburgh’s focus has been more on Edmonton’s Jeff Petry and others.
Jaromir Jagr does not have a no trade clause but there is enough of a respect factor between the Devils and Jagr where New Jersey is expected to accommodate the wishes of Jagr and his agent Peter Svoboda for Jagr to be dealt to an Eastern Conference team, were the Devils to trade him. Svoboda met with Devils GM Lou Lamoriello last week and informed Lamoriello that Jagr wants to remain in the Eastern Conference.