The basis for playoff fan routines, 10 veteran players in need of a Stanley Cup, analysis of the Flyers and Coyotes, recalling the Bruins 1972 Stanley Cup celebration, and more.
BACKHAND SHELF: Ellen Etchingham believes fear is the basis for playoff fan routines and superstitions, while Dave Lozo examines a variety of topics in his weekly mail bag, or “bag skate”, if you will.
HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE: Has the Stanley Cup window re-opened for Montreal? As an unbiased columnist, I doubt it, but the Habs fan in me says, “Please, oh please, yes!”
HOCKEY BUZZ: Bill Meltzer on which Flyers defensemen will stay, which ones are on the fence, and which ones will depart this summer.
SUN BELT HOCKEY: Bill Tiller reports Coyotes GM Don Maloney and coach Dave Tippett are optimistic over the club’s future.
THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Mark Wallace Graham wonders if the NHL is ready for a gay player. Judging from the positive reaction and participation in Patrick Burke’s “You Can Play” program, I say, “yes”.
PUCKS, GUTS AND GLORY: NHL History Girl Jen recalls the Boston Bruins raucous 1972 Stanley Cup celebration.
SB NATION: Steve Lepore on eating your way to a Stanley Cup with cupcakes.