Blackhawks to split up Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, Tuukka Rask starring for the Bruins, updates on Pekka Rinne and Vladimir Tarasenko, and much more.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES/BOSTON HERALD: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville will split up Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane for Game One of the Stanley Cup Final, while Tuukka Rask is starring for the Bruins as their starting goaltender.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Game One of any series is a “feeling-out” process for both teams, so it’s worthwhile to split up Toews and Kane and see who they do against Boston’s defense. Rask, meanwhile, has stepped comfortably into the role of starting goalie since Tim Thomas’ departure, and has to be considered a candidate for the Conn Smythe Trophy.
ESPN.COM: Scott Burnside interviewed “a handful of coaches and GMs” to get their take on the inconsistency of officiating in this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A penalty called in the regular season should be a penalty called in the playoffs. I’m sick and tired of seeing the rule book abandoned during the postseason. Call the game by the rules! “Let the players decide the game”? Yes, by having them play by the rules! The inconsistent officiating has been a serious blight on what’s otherwise been an entertaining playoffs.
TORONTO SUN: Phil and Tony Esposito, who played for the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks, offer up their take on this upcoming Cup Final.
THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne claims his rehab from hip arthroscopic surgery is going well and he hopes to be ready for training camp in September.
STLTODAY.COM: The Blues want young forward Vladimir Tarasenko to work on his conditioning during the off-season.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins ownership spent most of yesterday in a meeting with GM Ray Shero discussing the team’s future, including that of coach Dan Bylsma.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A number of pundits, bloggers and fans are calling for Bylsma to be replaced. We’ll find out soon enough if the Penguins front office share that opinion.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports the Rangers should move quickly if they hope to hire Alain Vigneault as their head coach, as the Dallas Stars could soon make Vigneault an offer.
CSNPHILLY.COM/THE BUFFALO NEWS: Flyers beat writer Jay Greenberg and hockey analyst Harry Neale will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Greenberg won the Elmer Ferguson award by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, while Neale won the Foster Hewitt Memorial award.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to both men for their well-deserved recognition and honors.
NATIONAL POST: The CHL has announced it will start banning European goaltenders in next year’s entry draft.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The move is supposedly being done to allow Canadian-born goalies more opportunities to make it in the CHL. I believe it’s an excuse to wallow in xenophobia. Shame on the CHL.