Updates on the Bruins and Blackhawks, plus the latest on Alexander Ovechkin, Alain Vigneault, the Stars coaching search and the Coyotes possible move to Seattle.
BOSTON GLOBE: The performance of Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask is drawing favorable comparison to former Bruin Tim Thomas.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think Rask has to be on the short list for this spring’s Conn Smythe Trophy.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Viktor Stalberg might replace Brandon Bollig for Game Three.
WASHINGTON POST: Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin said he’s recovering well from a hairline fracture in his left foot suffered in the Capitals playoff series against the NY Rangers. Ovechkin took a Ryan McDonagh shot in Game Six of the Rangers-Capitals series.
SPORTSNET: Chris Johnston believes the NHL did a disservice to this year’s award winners by scheduling the presentations over two days during the Stanley Cup Final.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I agree. Though I understand the scheduling problems the NHL had this year because of the shortened season, I believe they should’ve staged a full presentation on an evening prior to the Stanley Cup Final. It didn’t have to be a glitzy show as in past years, but something which would’ve been better than dragging it over two days during the Stanley Cup Final.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports Alain Vigneault could be officially announced as the Rangers new head coach today, but the introductory press conference won’t take place until Thursday.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika reports Stars GM Jim Nill continues his coaching search after Alain Vigneault opted to sign with the NY Rangers. Heika guesses former Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff could jump to the top of the list.
TORONTO SUN: The Phoenix Coyotes could relocate this summer to Seattle if an arena deal with Glendale falls through.
KING5.COM: Seattle mayor Mike McGinn acknowledged he’s held talks recently with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman regarding moving an NHL team to the Key Arena.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I confess to being surprised, not about a possible relocation of the Coyotes, but the destination. I thought Quebec City would be the logical choice, given their deep-pocketed potential owner, the construction of a new arena, and the city’s history with the NHL. If the Coyotes are moved to Seattle, that should hasten construction of a new arena.