NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 11, 2012.

Kings look at the positives while Devils hope to maintain momentum heading into Game 6, fallout from the Brad Stuart trade, and an update on Sidney Crosby’s contract talks.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Despite losing two straight, the Kings are maintaining the positive, knowing they’re only one win from the Stanley Cup.

NJ.COM: The Devils hope to ride the momentum of the last two games into winning Game Six and forcing a seventh and deciding game back in New Jersey.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Kings are still in the best position, but if the Devils win tonight, it’s anyone’s series.

Will Stuart be wearing Sharks jersey next season?

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings GM Ken Holland made a last-ditch effort to convince defenseman Brad Stuart to re-sign prior to trading him yesterday to the San Jose Sharks.

MERCURYNEWS.COM: Stuart returns to the team he began his NHL career with, and where his family lives year-round. He’s hoping this will be his last destination.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Stuart is eligible for UFA status on July 1st. The Sharks have until that date to get him under contract or risk losing him to free agency.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: An update on Sidney Crosby’s contract talks with the Penguins. Despite recent reports the two sides may be working toward a ten-year, $90 million extension, talks remain in the preliminary stage, and the earliest the Penguins can re-sign Crosby, who has one year remaining on his current contract, is July 1st.


  1. I figured the Sharks would sign Stuart in the off season – while this gives them a leg up – I think it was unnecessary as we all knew Stuart wanted to return to the Bay Area. I don’t think his return is what the Sharks really needed on D as they need someone who is seasoned, around 27-28 and fast. But, they are losing Vandermeer and White and need to fill that gap, but they should also find a taker for Murray and get someone else on D.

  2. While I agree that the Sharks need someone, possibly Ryan Suter, to fill in on their 1/2 spot, Stuart will make a great addition, and he’s still plenty good. It remains to be seen what they do as far as Douglas Murray. Crankshaft is one of my favorites, but he looked a lot slower last year. Braun has done a nice job, and that would put Murray as a 5/6 guy.

    • Stuart is a good addition, I think most of us knew he would be returning to SJ. Now that the Cup is over, let the games begin!