Latest on the Kings and Rangers, the high cost of tickets to attend the Stanley Cup Final, the Sharks are in the running for an outdoor game and more.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: A look at how Kings general manager Dean Lombardi built his Stanley Cup Finalist team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In my opinion the two biggest factors this season was the trade deadline acquisition of Marian Gaborik, and the blossoming of young Kings’ Tyler Toffoli, Tanner Pearson and Jake Muzzin. They’ve really bolstered the Kings roster in this year’s playoffs.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Rangers can embrace the role of underdog in the Final but they can’t let this opportunity slip away.
ESPN.COM: It’s going to cost a lot to purchase tickets to attend a Stanley Cup Final game, especially in New York. “The face value of Rangers tickets ranged from $480 to $2,490, while Kings seats cost either $349 or $629.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some fans will be upset over that cost, but the teams are merely charging what the market will bear.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: A look at the factors which prevented the Blackhawks from repeating as Stanley Cup champions. Among them was a shortfall of depth compared to last season’s team, the ongoing issue of lacking a second-line center, and inability to make a significant trade this year.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Even with those issues the Blackhawks came oh-so-close to returning to the Final. I don’t anticipate them making any major moves, largely because they lack the cap space to do so.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Among the candidates for the role of Penguins general manager are their current interim GM Jason Botterill, assistant to the GM Tom Fitzgerald, Lightning assistant GM Julien BriseBois, Predators assistant GM Paul Fenton, and NBC hockey analyst Pierre McGuire.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: All except McGuire could be good choices for the role. No offense to McGuire, who’s a very knowledgeable analyst and well-connected in the hockey community, but it’s been nearly 20 years since he was last employed by an NHL team. Better to hire someone who has full understanding of how to effectively work within the salary cap system.
CSNBAYAREA.COM: The San Jose Sharks are expected to host an outdoor NHL game in 2015. The venue and the Sharks’ opponent has yet to be determined.
NHL.COM: The Nashville Predators have re-signed goaltender Carter Hutton to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.
MIAMI HERALD: The Florida Panthers laid off nearly 30 employees, most of them from their sales department.