Latest on the Bruins and Blackhawks, Stanley Cup Final ratings update, the latest on Dany Heatley, Coyotes still hope to re-sign Dave Tippett, and more
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.
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.