The latest on Rick Nash, Thomas Vanek, Drew Doughty and Andrew Shaw, updates on the Bruins and Capital, and more.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: After struggling through a lengthy playoff scoring drought, Rangers winger Rick Nash has broken out of his slump in the Rangers’ Eastern Conference Final against the Montreal Canadiens.
LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens winger Thomas Vanek’s poor performance against the Rangers is attracting criticism.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: His slump has put an end to calls for the Canadiens to re-sign Vanek this summer. Sabres fans, meanwhile, merely shake their heads and say, “We told you so”.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings’ Drew Doughty is taking on more of a leadership role.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw (leg injury) is close to returning to action.
BOSTON GLOBE: The Bruins front office could see some changes. Assistant GM Jim Benning will reportedly join the Vancouver Canucks as general manager, while assistant GM Don Sweeney has been interviewed by the Washington Capitals for their vacant GM position.
WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals GM search enters its fourth week. They’ve interviewed Bruins assistant GM Don Sweeney and Nashville Predators assistant GM Paul Fenton, plus it’s believed they’ve reached out to former Penguins GM Ray Shero.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect the Capitals could announce their new GM within the next two weeks.
NEW-PRESS.COM: Former NHL star Brian Rafalski talks about the pitfalls of being a professional athlete.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Former Sabres winger Miroslav Satan has announced his retirement. He spent the past four season playing in Europe. Satan played 1050 NHL games with Edmonton, Buffalo, NY Islanders, Pittsburgh and Boston, scoring 363 goals and 735 points. He won a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009.