NHL Board of Governors could approve Coyotes sale this week, off-season moves by the Stars and Predators, updates on Bryan Bickell and Andrew Shaw, and more speculation over Capitals prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: The NHL Board of Governors could approve the sale of the Phoenix (Arizona?) Coyotes to Renaissance Sports and Entertainment later this week.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This long, sorry saga will finally come to an end…for now. It could start up again in five years time if the new ownership believes it has lost too much money and exercises its “out clause”. For now, let’s just consider this a temporary respite from the drama which has dogged this club since 2009.
CSN CHICAGO: Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell has come a long way in one year, from a bubble player entering the final season of his contract to a Stanley Cup hero with a lucrative four-year contract. Bickell’s teammate Andrew Shaw credits his underdog mentality and determined work ethic for his NHL career.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: A review of who’s in and who’s out this summer with the Dallas Stars, including their replacing former GM Joe Nieuwendyk with Jim Nill, and their shipping Loui Eriksson to Boston as part of a multi-player deal for Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: But will these changes bring an end to several years of mediocrity for the once-mighty Stars? That’s the big question yet to be answered.
THE TENNESSEAN: Ranking the Nashville Predators off-season moves. Scoring will still be an issue.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m curious to see how well Viktor Stalberg performs with the Predators. He’ll get more opportunities as a top-six forward than he had with the Blackhawks.
CSNWASHINGTON: Chuck Gormley wonders if Capitals prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov could “pull a Kovalchuk”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Well, first he’s actually got to play a few seasons in the NHL. So far, he’s stayed in the KHL, earning more at this stage in his career than he would in the NHL on an entry-level contract.