Latest on the Cup Finalists, Pavel Datsyuk wins prestigious Russian sports award, Blackhawks concerned over Patrick Kane’s off-ice escapades, and more.
NJ.COM: If the Devils win the Stanley Cup, it remains to be seen if that’ll work in their favor in re-signing team captain Zach Parise.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Most of the Kings top players are under multi-year contracts, giving the club the opportunity to remain a Cup contender for several years.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The opening game of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final begins tonight at 8 pm ET on NBC and CBC.
DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk was named a Master of Sport, one of the highest honors a Russian athlete can receive.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman admitted having spoken with forward Patrick Kane regarding his recent off-ice antics involving alcohol. Bowman said the matter is being handled internally, but a source claims some within the organization have suggested Kane seek help.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: One more off-ice incident involving Kane and alcohol, and he probably won’t have much choice about getting treatment for alcohol abuse. For now, it appears the team is willing to give Kane the leeway to handle this in an adult manner.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers owner Ed Snider is optimistic over the direction of his club, especially with regard to their young players, singling out Sean Couturier as a future star.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets have re-signed center Derek MacKenzie to a two-year, $2 million contract.
NBC PRO HOCKEY TALK: NHL general managers could consider a “re-set” regarding obstruction rules, as concerns clutching, grabbing, hooking and other forms of obstruction are creeping back into the game.