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BOSTON GLOBE: The Bruins dominance in the faceoff circle has become a significant factor in this year’s Cup Final.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tuukka Rask’s goaltending, overall team defense, physical play and penalty-killing have contributed to the Bruins being up two games to one in this series, but it’s been a while since I’ve seen a team so dominant in the faceoff circle in the Final as the Bruins have been thus far against the Blackhawks.

Will Marian Hossa return for Game Four of the SCF?

Will Marian Hossa return for Game Four of the SCF?

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks star Marian Hossa (sidelined by a neck injury in Game Three) hopes to be ready for Game Four tonight. Ben Smith, who replaced Hossa in Game Three, is prepared to step in if the veteran winger isn’t ready to go.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Several factors contributed to the Blackhawks being shut out in Game Three. Losing Hossa was arguably the most significant.

FORBES.COM: The NHL is doing better with Comcast than it did with ESPN.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s because Comcast treats the NHL like a real professional sports league instead of a niche sport.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Dany Heatley’s recovery from a late-season shoulder surgery could make him ineligible from receiving a compliance buyout from the Minnesota Wild.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s what I’ve been suggesting for some time now.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: James Mirtle examines why Seattle has emerged on the NHL’s radar as a possible destination for the Coyotes.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Phoenix Coyotes and coach Dave Tippett continue to engage in talks on a new contract. Recent negotiations have gone well, but Tippett is still awaiting clarity on the club’s ownership situation before committing to a new deal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That clarification should come next week, when the Glendale City Council votes on a proposed arena lease deal with the latest prospective buyers of the Coyotes.

WASHINGTON POST: Tim Hunter is unlikely to return as Capitals assistant coach.

SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY: AEG, MGM Resorts are planning to construct a new 20, 000 seat arena in Las Vegas.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s been rumored the NHL would like to expand by two new franchises. If the Coyotes are moved to Seattle, or if plans fall through to expand into that market, Las Vegas could become an option.

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3 Responses to NHL Postseason Morning Coffee Headlines – June 19, 2013.

  1. JJB says:

    So let me understand this … the NHL wants to relocate to Seattle where they don’t yet have an adequate arena, there is no guarantee of a new arena coming and the main advantage of it is being close to Canadian markets? It is very clear that the NHL is going to try and take a hockey crazed city like Montreal and a rich city like Las Vegas for expansion fees then.

  2. Rat says:

    Vegas, I think, would be a disaster. Too many “entertainment” options every night, not to mention a gambling nightmare waiting to happen. I think this would be a foolish choice and wonder if they will ever be successful in having a solid season ticket base. I don’t understand how this could possibly be a better option than Quebec. And if Seattle couldn’t support basketball, are they really going to be able to support hockey? In the US?

  3. Ted says:

    Seattle and Quebec. Those two should get expansion teams. Move Phoenix, if needed to Vegas or one of the other two cities. That is if Phoenix can’t get their deal done.

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