The latest on the Kings and Rangers, plus updates on Logan Couture, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Tomas Vokoun.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings’ stars Drew Doughty and Justin Williams are making strong cases for the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Down three games to none to the Kings in the Stanley Cup Final, the New York Rangers seem resigned to the fact they could be swept in this series.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: The Kings dominance over the Rangers have stalled ratings for the Stanley Cup Final.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: In the wake of the Kings’ taking a 3-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final, ticket prices for Game 4 at Madison Square Garden have significantly declined.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Had the Rangers won Game 3 the ratings and ticket sales would be much stronger. While NHL headquarters was probably thrilled with a Cup Final involving the two largest media markets in North America, they can’t be happy over the prospect of a sweep.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Sharks forward Logan Couture under successful hand surgery and expects to be ready in time for training camp in September. Couture injured his hand in a fight with Mike Richards during Game 6 of the Sharks-Kings division semifinal.
NBC SPORTS: Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic, who suffered both an upper-body injury and an MCL sprain during the division final, expects to be full recovered in time for training camp.
CBS SPORTS: Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun is 100 percent committed to returning to action next season. Vokoun was sidelined for the entire season by a life-threatening blood clot in one of his legs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Vokoun has a clean bill of health he could possibly land a one-year deal with a team seeking an experienced backup.