Examining why this year’s Cup Final isn’t a big ratings draws, trying to make sense of Tim Thomas’ decision to sit out a year, ten players who never won a Stanley Cup, and more.
PUCK DADDY/SBNATION: Greg Wyshynski and Steve Lepore examine the reasons why this year’s Stanley Cup Final isn’t a big ratings draw. It’s not just because of the lack of “big market teams” in the Final, or lack of marketable big names. I would add the quality of play would also have a lot to do with it. If the Devils come back and tie the series, increasing the intensity between the two teams, this series could still be salvageable ratings-wise.
BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne tries to make sense of Tim Thomas’ decision to sit out a season and acknowledges Thomas may never play for the Bruins again, while Cam Charron suggests what matters is that Thomas gave the Bruins six good years, including their first Stanley Cup in 39 years. That should be the legacy everyone remembers. Some folks are mocking Thomas’ politics or his “weird” behavior, but ultimately, he’s going to do what he believes is best for him, just like we regular folks do.
SBNATION: Sean Yuille looks at five key questions facing the Detroit Red Wings this summer. Yes, finding a replacement for Nicklas Lidstrom is one of them.
GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier lists the top ten players to never win a Stanley Cup. A former Kings great is among them, as is the father of a current Avalanche star.
RED LIGHT DISTRICT HOCKEY BLOG: Patrick Hoffman looks at the top five goalie duels in Stanley Cup Final history. Shockingly, Chicago’s Antti Niemi and Philadelphia’s Michael Leighton from 2010 didn’t make the cut…;)
THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz checks in with another edition of “Absurd Goalie Monday”. This week: former WHA netminder Don McLeod.