Updates on the Stanley Cup Finalists, Stars officially hire Lindy Ruff, Canucks on the verge of hiring John Tortorella, Coyotes re-sign Dave Tippett, and more.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa skipped practice on Friday but is expected to be ready for Game Five of the Stanley Cup Final tonight.
BOSTON GLOBE: After Tuukka Rask gave up six goals in Game Four of the Stanley Cup Final, expect a sharper performance from the Bruins netminder in Game Five.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Stars yesterday formally introduced Lindy Ruff as their new head coach.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Former NY Rangers coach John Tortorella arrived in Vancouver yesterday amid speculation he will be hired as the Canucks new head coach.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Reaction from the Vancouver media can be found in today’s “Canadian Corner” update.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Phoenix Coyotes have re-signed head coach Dave Tippett to a five-year contract extension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Earlier in the spring there was considerable speculation by some in the media (specifically, those covering certain teams in need of new head coaches) about Tippett’s availability, but that died out about a month ago, probably because they saw this coming. Some now wonder if this means the Coyotes won’t be moving this summer, but I wouldn’t read too much into this. Tippett is obviously guided by a sense of loyalty toward Coyotes management, wherever they play.
NEW YORK POST: Rangers GM Glen Sather will meet with Henrik Lundqvist’s agent next season in hopes of wrapping up a contract extension, won’t make a public declaration on Brad Richards’ status, and intends to renew the contracts of RFAs Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s talk the Rangers won’t buy out Richards this year, preferring to see if he rebounds offensively next season playing for Vigneault.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited a report out of Los Angeles claiming LA Kings coach Darryl Sutter underwent hernia surgery by a robot.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cue the “Bender” jokes.
SPORTSNET.CA: With the NHL’s compliance buyout period coming up 48 hours following the completion of the Stanley Cup Final, here’s a list of the 20 most expensive contract buyouts in NHL history.
MLIVE.COM: It’s Pavel Datsyuk vs Pavel Datsyuk (no, that’s not a misprint) in voting for TSN’s NHL Play of the Year.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators have been a hot draw, averaging over 15, 000 in paid attendance over the past three years.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It wasn’t that long ago critics of the NHL’s southern US franchise cited Nashville among the teams where hockey was failing. Since surviving a potential threat of relocation several years ago, the Predators have gained popularity and steadily improved at the gate. No one’s lumping them in among the struggling Sun Belt franchises anymore.