The latest on Nathan Horton, Corey Crawford, Claude Giroux, Alain Vigneault, NHL award winners, the Coyotes ownership saga and more.
BOSTON HERALD: Boston Bruins winger Nathan Horton participated in practice on Friday, but his status for Game Two of the Stanley Cup Final tonight remains uncertain. Horton suffered a dislocated shoulder during Game One, a condition which is apparently chronic for him.
CHICAGO DAILY HERALD: Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford performance in this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs could garner him consideration for Team Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
FORBES.COM: A compelling Stanley Cup Final between the Blackhawks and Bruins could boost league revenue to the point where all NHL players won’t lose any money this season to escrow.
SPORTING NEWS: The NHL yesterday announced the winners of half the NHL awards. Chicago’s Jonathan Toews won the Selke Trophy, Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis won the Lady Byng (for the third time in four seasons), Minnesota’s Josh Harding won the Masterton Trophy, Ottawa’s Paul MacLean was the Adams trophy while Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson won the Mark Messier leadership award, and Pittsburgh’s Ray Shero was the top GM. The NHL foundation award went to Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg, while the King Clancy trophy went to Boston’s Patrice Bergeron.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The winners of the Hart, Norris, Vezina, Calder and Lindsay trophies will be awarded tonight prior to Game Two of the Stanley Cup Final. P.K. Subban has reportedly won the Norris, while Florida’s Jonathan Huberdeau is reportedly the Calder winner.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: A framework of a new lease agreement which would keep the Coyotes in Glendale is in place, but the Glendale city council must now vote on it.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Globe & Mail’s David Shoalts reports another “mystery buyer” has supposed entered this saga. No word if this buyer would be the primary one, and if they’re involved in this new lease agreement.
PHILLY.COM: Contract extension talks between Claude Giroux and Flyers management are expected to begin soon. Giroux will become a restricted free agent next summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect Giroux will be re-signed to a lucrative long-term deal (probably eight years, and worth over $7.5 million per season) at some point this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Vigneault reportedly told the Dallas Stars he was no longer interested in their head coaching job, which is being taken as a sign he’s about to take a new coaching role elsewhere.
NJ.COM:The city of Newark, the New Jersey Devils and the Newark Housing Authority signed off on a lease agreement on Friday.