The Blackhawks eliminate the Kings & advance to the Stanley Cu Final, the Cup Final schedule is released, the latest on Kimmo Timonen and more.

Chicago Blackhawks are the 2013 Western Conference champions.

Chicago Blackhawks are the 2013 Western Conference champions.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES/LOS ANGELES TIMES: Patrick Kane scored a hat trick, including the winner in double overtime, as the Chicago Blackhawks downed the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 to win the Western Conference Final four games to one. Kings center Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist, but otherwise struggled thr0ughout the postseason, while teammates Dustin Brown (knee – torn PCL) , Drew Doughty (ankle) and Justin Williams (separated shoulder) were hampered by injuries.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to the Blackhawks, who  dominated the Kings for most of this series, leading to a sense of inevitability to its outcome. Still, the Kings didn’t go down without a fight in Game Five, making for one of the most entertaining games in this year’s playoffs. Look no further than the Kings offense for why they failed to advance to the Cup Final for the second straight year. In 18 playoff games this spring, the Kings scored three or more goals in only six of them. 

NHL.COM: The NHL has released the schedule for the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, which begins on Wednesday, June 12, in Chicago.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have my Stanley Cup Final preview and prediction prior to June 12 in my Soapbox.

BOSTON HERALD: Stephen Harris sings the praises of Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rightfully so, though heading into the third period of Game Seven of the Bruins conference quarterfinal against the Toronto Maple Leafs, some pundits were suggesting Julien, and perhaps GM Peter Chiarelli, might be fired. 

NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks believes if the Pittsburgh Penguins fire head coach Dan Bylsma, he could jump to the head of the line for the NY Ranger head coaching job

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Bylsma is fired, he won’t be unemployed for long.

PHILLY.COM: Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen hints next season could be his last in the NHL.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considering he only re-signed a one-year contract and his ailing back, this shouldn’t be a surprise. 

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Dwayne Roloson will reportedly become the new goaltending coach for the Anaheim Ducks.

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2 Responses to NHL Postseason Morning Coffee Headlines – June 9, 2013.

  1. gameon63 says:

    Chicago should seriously consider moving Kane before the draft while his value is still high. Kane was exposed as a perimeter player in the Detroit series and the Cap room they’d save moving him would allow them to resign Handzus & Bickell. at his age with 2 rings (i’m hoping they beat the bruins) he’d be an attractive player to one of the teams with a lottery pick and an instant upgrade to their offense. if Chicago was to get Mackinnon, Jones, or Drouin and a top prospect it would set them up as not only a top team but perhaps as the first post Cap dynasty. the ‘Hawks had to dismantle a very good team after their last Cup because of Cap concerns and it would be a shame for them to have to do so again.

  2. Bob Kapustik says:

    I agree with game on 63 comment re: Chicago Kane his value is high right now especially after that hat trick to finnish off LA . I do not think that Handzus would be an expensive free agent plus if Chicago wins the Stanley Cup he may want to take a team discount and finish his career there .As far as Bicknell is concerned sign him if you can but you cannot upset your pay structure lets be honest he is a big body who can skate with decent hands in the crease area plus it helps playing with 2 of the best Blackhawk players .

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