The Bruins and Blackhawks prepare to face each other in the upcoming Stanley Cup Final, updates on the Kings and Penguins, and the guessing over who becomes the Rangers head coach continues.
BOSTON GLOBE/CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Boston Bruins prepare to face a team they know little about in the Chicago Blackhawks, while the Blackhawks compare the Bruins to a better version of the Los Angeles Kings, whom they recently defeated in the Western Conference Final.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Because of this shortened season, the Bruins and Blackhawks never faced each other this season, and as the Globe article noted, they last faced each other back in October 2011, which has created an air of mystery over what to expect from this series. Rest assured, they won’t take each other lightly.
DENVER POST: Jay Cohen of The Associated Press believes the Original Six match-up of the Bruins and Blackhawks is just what the NHL needed coming out of its recent lockout.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This series takes place in two of the NHL’s biggest hockey markets, between teams with large followings throughout North America. It should be a ratings bonanza for the league.
NJ.COM: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello professes to have no regrets over firing Claude Julien as Devils head coach back in 2007. Julien went on to become the Bruins head coach, guiding them to two Stanley Cup Finals (and one championship so far) in three years.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Too late for regrets now.
LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: Jill Painter believes the Kings, despite falling in the Western Conference to Chicago, aren’t “one-year wonders”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: They need to bolster their offense a bit, but otherwise I agree with Painter’s assessment. They should be Cup contenders for some time.
ESPN.COM: Scott Burnside believes the Pittsburgh Penguins could be a team in transition this summer.
CALGARY HERALD: George Johnson believes Jarome Iginla was denied a Ray Bourque-like storybook finish when the Penguins were eliminated by the Bruins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Though, if you’ll recall, Bourque had to wait a season for his story-book finish, as – like Iginla’s Penguins – the Avs also came up short in his first playoff with them. Iginla might get another shot next season, though it remains to be seen if it’ll be with the Penguins or another club.
POST-GAZETTE.COM: Ron Cook believes the Penguins should re-sign coach Dan Bylsma to a contract extension
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Going from what I’ve been reading since Friday, Cook’s in a minority. We’ll find out soon enough if Penguins management shares his view.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Andrew Gross has a lengthy list of potential candidates for the NY Rangers head coach job.
SPECTOR’ S NOTE: Who will become the next coach of the NY Rangers? Your guess is as good as Glen Sather’s!