A look back notable NHL draft hits and misses, the NHL’s lack of star power, updates on the Phoenix Coyotes, the role of an NHL player agent, injury updates on Ilya Kovalchuk and Chris Pronger, and more.
STLTODAY.COM: Jeff Gordon looks at the top ten draft week storylines, including a possible Rick Nash trade, and speculation over which player the Edmonton Oilers select with the first overall pick.
TIMESONLINE.COM: Mark Madden suggests the NHL’s problem is a lack of newsworthy star power. That’s as may be, but NHL culture seems to prefer that.
ESPN.COM: Scott Burnside reports the future of the Phoenix Coyotes in Glendale remains murky. Color me surprised (sarcasm).
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Kent Youngblood examines the role of an NHL player agent, which is more than just trying to get big paydays for their clients.
NJ.COM: Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk could face off-season surgery, and he isn’t the only Devil who could go under the knife this summer. Guess Kovalchuk’s problem during the Stanley Cup Final wasn’t that he was “dreaming of Siberia”, as a certain colorful HNiC commentator suggested.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers captain Chris Pronger, who missed most of this season to post-concussion symptoms, remains plagued by headaches, leading to concerns over his ability to return to action next season. I hate to say it, but Pronger may be facing retirement over this.
DENVER POST: Don’t expect a rival team to sign away Avalanche stars like Matt Duchene or Ryan O’Reilly via offer sheet.
NHL.COM: The San Jose Sharks officially announced the return of Todd McLellan as their head coach for next season. Nothing like a vote of confidence two months after your season is over.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks re-signed forwards Brandon Bollig and Ben Smith to two years contracts (believe two-way the first year and one-way the second) and released goalie Alexander Salak.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Stars announced the hiring of Curt Fraser as their new assistant coach.