Latest on the Kings and Devils, updates on Chris Pronger, Patrick Kane, and Tomas Holmstrom, next season’s cap ceiling, and more.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: highlighted the effective, little-noticed performance of Kings forward Justin Williams in this year’s playoffs. This isn’t the first time Williams has starred in a lengthy playoff run, having done the same with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006.
NJ.COM: Down a game for the third straight series, the Devils will make adjustments for Game Two on Saturday of the Stanley Cup Final.
PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren denied a Facebook-generated rumor claiming Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger would retire.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp said he wasn’t concerned about the recent off-ice alcohol-related antics of teammate Patrick Kane.
MLIVE.COM: Nicklas Lidstrom’s decision to retire raises speculation if teammate and friend Tomas Holmstrom will follow Lidstrom into retirement.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited recent posts on Twitter by TSN’s Bob McKenzie observing the salary cap (under the current CBA, which expires in September) is expected to be $70.3 million. That would also make the cap minimum $54.3 million. Assuming those figures doesn’t include the NHLPA’s five percent escalator, with the latter factored in, the projected cap ceiling would increase to over $73.8 million, and the cap floor to $57.8 million. So, how’s cost certainty working for you?
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney plans to meet next week with prospective team owner Greg Jamison to discusss team budget and roster plans, which is being considered a sign sale of the club to the Jamison group may take place soon.
THE CONSUMERIST: A Pittsburgh Penguins fan is suing the team because he received what he considered too many text updates from the team, because, y’know, the courts aren’t full enough already with frivolous lawsuits.