Kings and Devils prepare for Game Five on Saturday, Goldwater Institute hopes to block city council vote on Coyotes sale, Blue Jackets meet with Blues president John Davidson, and more.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings are looking forward to a second chance to end the Stanley Cup Final in Game Five, after failing to clinch at home in Game Four.
NJ.COM: The Devils are confident they can build on their series-saving win in Game Four as they head home for Game Five.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Taxpayer watchdog Goldwater Institute will seek a restraining order to prevent the Glendale City Council from voting on a $325 million arena lease agreement with proposed buyer Greg Jamison.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: At this point it was pretty much expected The Goldwater Institute would attempt to block the lease agreement. We should know later today if their move for a restraining order is successful.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets met Thursday with John Davidson, director of hockey operations for the St. Louis Blues. It’s expected Davidson was interviewed for the same role with the Jackets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That Davidson interviewed with the Jackets suggests the new ownership of the Blues are in the midst of making some front office changes.
DETROIT NEWS: Former NHL and Soviet star Igor Larionov will be at the upcoming NHL entry draft as a player agent, representing top prospects Nail Yakupov and Alex Galchenyuk.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited a report in the Denver Post noting Avalanche assistant coach Adam Deadmarsh is stepping down after aggravating concussion-like symptoms similar to those which ended his NHL playing career. Deadmarsh is expected to remain with the organization.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s perceived by many fans that concussion symptoms disappear when a player stops playing, but in some cases, the symptoms can be so severe they can, as in Deadmarsh’s case, affect them for the rest of their lives.
DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche yesterday re-signed defenseman Matt Hunwick to a two-year, $3.2 million contract. At least that one’s more sensible than the deal they gave streaky scorer David Jones (4 years, $16 million) yesterday.