The Chicago Blackhawks are the 2013 Stanley Cup Champions, Patrick Roy drops more hints over his club’s plans with the first overall pick, Martin Havlat ineligible for contract buyout, and more.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE/BOSTON GLOBE: Goals by Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland 17 seconds apart late in the third period lifted the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins in Game Six of the Stanley Cup Final, winning the series four games to two, as well as their second Stanley Cup championship in four years. Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane was named winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
CSNCHICAGO.COM: Lebron James of the NBA champion Miami Heat congratulated his friend Patrick Kane and his teammates for their Cup win.
CHICAGO DAILY HERALD: After years of frustration, Blackhawks veterans Michal Handzus, Michal Rozsival, Ray Emery and Jamal Mayer finally got to hoist the Stanley Cup for the first time in their careers. “I’m a Stanley Cup champion” said Handzus. “I always wanted to say that. Now, I get to say it for the rest of my life.”
KUKLA’S KORNER: George Malik has an early list of Blackhawks and Bruins who played through injuries in this series. Topping it is Bruins center Patrick Bergeron, who suffered a broken rib and torn rib cartilage in Game Five, and a separated shoulder in Game Six.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In my opinion, the 2013 Stanley Cup Final was one of the greatest in NHL history. Two terrific, evenly-matched teams giving their all, with stars on both sides stepping up and playing through pain.
The late collapse in Game Six was heartbreaking for the Bruins, who seemingly had the game under wraps heading into the final two minutes, stoking memories of the Toronto Maple Leafs last-minute collapse against these Bruins back in the Conference Quarterfinals.
A lot of folks predicted Corey Crawford would win the Smythe but I have no problem with Kane getting it, given his clutch scoring and energetic play.
It was a nice touch by the younger Blackhawks to let the veterans who’d never won a Cup before get to hoist it before everyone else after captain Jonathan Toews.
As Malik’s list indicates, a number of players on both sides will be going under the knife this summer to repair injuries suffered in these playoffs.
ESPN.COM: Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said if the draft had been held Monday, his club would’ve selected Nathan MacKinnon with the first overall pick. Roy didn’t rule out trading the pick, suggesting the Avs had received a number of calls. He also said his preference would be to draft MacKinnon and have him start next season as the Avs third-line center. The NHL Draft will be held Sunday, June 30 starting at 3 pm ET
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Roy and Joe Sakic have been dropping broad hints about their draft day plans. Sure, they could trade the pick, but unless they’re planning the biggest swerve in NHL draft day history by either trading the pick or selecting Seth Jones after all, I expect they’ll keep the pick and select Nathan MacKinnon. I don’t believe they’ll get the kind of offer (top young star plus a pick no lower than third overall) to convince them to part with their pick.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: San Jose Sharks forward Martin Havlat had surgery to repair his injured groin ( bilateral pelvic floor reconstruction), making him ineligible to receive a compliance buyout.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A reminder the compliance buyout period begins 48 hours following the end of the Stanley Cup Final, so that means Wednesday night.
TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins dealt defenseman Alex Grant, an AHL prospect, to Anaheim for forward Harry Zolnierczyk.
MIAMI HERALD: The Florida Panthers have signed forward Bobby Butler to a two-year contract.
DALLAS STARS: announced the re-signings of forward Matt Fraser and defenseman Cameron Gaunce to one-year, two-way contracts.