NHL Postseason Morning Coffee Headlines – June 10, 2013.

The Bruins and Blackhawks prepare to face each other in the upcoming Stanley Cup Final, updates on the Kings and Penguins, and the guessing over who becomes the Rangers head coach continues.

The Bruins & Blackhawks will face off for the Stanley Cup for the first time ever.

The Bruins & Blackhawks will face off for the Stanley Cup for the first time ever.

BOSTON GLOBE/CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Boston Bruins prepare to face a team they know little about in the Chicago Blackhawks, while the Blackhawks compare the Bruins to a better version of the Los Angeles Kings, whom they recently defeated in the Western Conference Final.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Because of this shortened season, the Bruins and Blackhawks never faced each other this season, and as the Globe article noted, they last faced each other back in October 2011, which has created an air of mystery over what to expect from this series. Rest assured, they won’t take each other lightly.

DENVER POST: Jay Cohen of The Associated Press believes the Original Six match-up of the Bruins and Blackhawks is just what the NHL needed coming out of its recent lockout.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This series takes place in two of the NHL’s biggest hockey markets, between teams with large followings throughout North America. It should be a ratings bonanza for the league.

NJ.COM: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello professes to have no regrets over firing Claude Julien as Devils head coach back in 2007. Julien went on to become the Bruins head coach, guiding them to two Stanley Cup Finals (and one championship so far) in three years.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Too late for regrets now.

LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: Jill Painter believes the Kings, despite falling in the Western Conference to Chicago, aren’t “one-year wonders”.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: They need to bolster their offense a bit, but otherwise I agree with Painter’s assessment. They should be Cup contenders for some time.

ESPN.COM: Scott Burnside believes the Pittsburgh Penguins could be a team in transition this summer.

CALGARY HERALD: George Johnson believes Jarome Iginla was denied a Ray Bourque-like storybook finish when the Penguins were eliminated by the Bruins.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Though, if you’ll recall, Bourque had to wait a season for his story-book finish, as – like Iginla’s Penguins – the Avs also came up short in his first playoff with them.  Iginla might get another shot next season, though it remains to be seen if it’ll be with the Penguins or another club.

POST-GAZETTE.COM: Ron Cook believes the Penguins should re-sign coach Dan Bylsma to a contract extension

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Going from what I’ve been reading since Friday, Cook’s in a minority. We’ll find out soon enough if Penguins management shares his view.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: Andrew Gross has a lengthy list of potential candidates for the NY Rangers head coach job.

SPECTOR’ S NOTE: Who will become the next coach of the NY Rangers? Your guess is as good as Glen Sather’s!

3 Comments

  1. Calling the Kings a one hit wonder would seem odd. Win the cup, then come back and make it to the Conference finals … either way that is still a pretty good showing. They should be a major threat next year too, though some more regular season consistency would help.

  2. the NHL needs to get it’s house in order with regards to officiating, the lack of consistency not only in officiating but also in supplemental discipline is getting embarassing. how can the standard for officiating drop throughout the year particularly during the playoffs? i now there’s a call to “let the players play” the problem with that is that the size discrepancy precludes the smaller teams from doing so and that creates a bias to the bigger more physical teams like boston (whose owner jeremy jacobs also happens to sit pretty high on a lot of NHL committees … coincidence?). it’s an advantage to a team that hooks, hacks, and holds to have the referee put his whistle in his pocket. you only have to look at the final game of the Toronto series in fact just the last 5 minutes where Toronto was hanging onto a 4-2 lead when Milan Lucic nailed Carl Gunnarsson FROM behind into the boards with a little over 4 minutes left, a clear foul which if called would’ve severly compromised Boston’s ability to generate offense for almost half the time left (unless of course Toronto scored on the powerplay which would’ve taken away any momentum boston had generated to that point). the referee chose not to make the call which gave the bruins an advantage because it in effect allowed them to play outside the rules because of the time left in the game. a play that’s a penalty in the first couple of minutes of the game MUST be called in the final minutes of the game no matter how close the game is and no matter WHO the team involved is. an example of that happened in the final game of the Vancouver vs San Jose series where a less violent version of the SAME play happened when Daniel Sedin went shoulder to shoulder with a San Jose player and was called because the player went down, this happened in OT and the resulting powerplay ultimately decided the game. why was that ok but Lucic’s foul not called? the unbiased commentators even commented on that at the time of Luic’s foul.

    • First off, the on ice officials cannot see everything or call every thing you see all the time. All they can do is do their best each and every night. As long as they call a single game consistantly then it is fair. If there is a penatly on one team in the first 5 minutes then the same infraction should be a penalty if the other team does it in the last 5 minutes etc. But to claim that there is biased shown to the Bruins, or any other team, becasue of who their owner is seems just childish. So were the Penguins getting the better end of the calls becasue we all know the NHL wanted its poster boy in the Finals? I don’t think so. that was a fair series in my opinion.

      And we all know the commentators are unbiased…please.

      If you’re so interested in justice and want to look at that BOS/TOR series, then what about Phaneuf’s elbow to Dan Paille’s face? Ference had just been suspended for an elbow to a Toronto player on what was arguably an accidental contact with the Toronto players head. Phanuef purposly goes into Paille with his elbow raised and strikes Paille in the mouth causeing him to bleed. Intentional contact with the head. No Penatly, no review, no suspension. Why? Becuase the officials and NHL are completely biased towards Toronto? Oh ya, the NHL has offices in Toronto, right? so that has to mean they are biased towards to the Leafs?

      Its the nature of the game. All anyone can hope for is that a game is called consistanly within that 60 minute frame.