Kings down Devils in opening game of Stanley Cup Final, anticipation Nicklas Lidstrom will announce his retirement today, Commissioner Bettman speaks on several topics, and more.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/NJ.COM: Anze Kopitar scored the winning goalon a breakaway in overtime as the Kings edged the Devils 2-1 in a rather flat opening game of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final. The Devils offense struggled in the first game, as both clubs seemed to be rusty after a lengthy layoff.
DETROIT FREE PRESS/DETROIT NEWS/MLIVE.COM: All agree nothing will fill the void if, as expected, long-time Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom announces his retirement at a press conference set for 11 pm ET today at the Joe Louis Arena. For more on the Red Wings, check out the “Rumors” section.
TSN.CA/OTTAWA SUN/NORTHJERSEY.COM/NEWSDAY: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman addresses several subjects during a press conference yesterday afternoon following a meeting of league general managers. Among the notable topics: he expects the league and the NHLPA will meet in the next few weeks to open CBA talks and remain optimistic a new deal can be implemented without risking the start of next season, the league raked in a record $3.3 billion in revenue this season, the Devils financial situation is on track to be resolved in the next few weeks, a report the Kings are up for sale is untrue, and he feels there’s still time for a deal to keep the NY Islanders on Long Island.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman reports forward Marian Hossa, who suffered a playoff-ending concussion when he was hit by Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres, is feeling much better, and expects to be back in the lineup for training camp in the fall. Torres was suspended 25 games for the hit, which is currently under appeal.
WASHINGTON TIMES: Capitals GM George McPhee said he’s in no rush to find a new head coach, while speculation has linked New Jersey Devils assistant coach Adam Oates to the Capitals.