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LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings captain Dustin Brown, who’d been a physical offensive presence throughout three playoff rounds this spring, has been contained by the New Jersey Devils.
NJ.COM: If the Devils hope to overcome their current 3-1 deficit in the Stanley Cup Final, they need Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk to score.
YAHOO! SPORTS: The Devils received some good news regarding their off-ice financial woes, as a new minority ownership could be in place within the next two weeks.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Glendale City Council voted to approval a new lease agreement for the prospective new owner of the Phoenix Coyotes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The agreement still faces a potential legal challenge from the taxpayer watchdog Goldwater Institute, but this vote by the city council is nevertheless a significant step toward keeping the Coyotes in Glendale.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Popular Flyers forward Ian Laperriere is finally ready to retire. He’s been sidelined for the past two years by post-concussion symptoms. He couldn’t officially retire as his contract would’ve still counted against the Flyers cap, but by placing him on long-term injury reserve, it allowed them to spend above the cap ceiling by the equivalent of his salary. Laperriere’s contract expires on July 1.
STLTODAY.COM: Blues president John Davidson has a 30-day window in his contract allowing him to explore career options. He’s already been interviewed by the Columbus Blue Jackets, but his next move is not imminent. A return to broadcasting is among those options he could consider. He’s also been linked to the Calgary Flames.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Former Carolina Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice has signed a one-year contract to coach Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the Kontinental Hockey League.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Buffalo Sabres play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret and Toronto Globe & Mail columnist Roy MacGregor will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame this year, while Montreal Gazette legend Red Fisher has announced his retirement at the age of 85.