The latest on the Stanley Cup Finalists, the Predators re-sign Roman Josi, updates on the Rangers head coach search and more.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks are confident they can prevent the Boston Bruins from setting the tone of this series.
BOSTON GLOBE: David Krejci continues to make a name for himself in this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have my Stanley Cup Final preview and prediction on Wednesday in my “Soapbox” column.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators yesterday announced the re-signing of defenseman Roman Josi to a seven-year, $28 million contract, for an annual cap hit of $4 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Josi, 23, could blossom into a potential top-two defenseman. GM David Poile acknowledged the risk of signing a blueliner with less than 100 NHL games under his belt to such a lucrative deal, but if Josi develops as expected, this deal will look like a bargain in a few years.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings are allowing assistant coach John Stevens to be interviewed by rival clubs. The Vancouver Canucks are considered the frontrunner for his services.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/NEW YORK POST: The NY Rangers have received permission from the Buffalo Sabres to speak with former Sabres coach Lindy Ruff, and are scheduled to meet with former Canucks bench boss Alain Vigneault today.
ESPN.COM: The Dallas Stars reportedly have interest in former NY Rangers coach John Tortorella, but have yet to seek permission from the Rangers to speak with him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The NHL tends to frown on other clubs making major announcements during the Stanley Cup Final, so if the Canucks, Rangers and Stars don’t make their hirings before tomorrow,we might have to wait until after the Final to find out who’ll become thei new coaches.
SPORTSNET.CA: John Shannon expresses concern over the fact the NHL has yet to reach an agreement with the IOC and the IIHF over participating in the Sochi Winter Olympic next year.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect an official agreement will be reached in September or October. Again, I consider the trump card being the expressed intent of Russian NHL stars like Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin to participate in the Sochi Games regardless of whether or not the league has agreed to participate. The last thing the NHL needs is the embarrassment of some of their top players bolting for Sochi midway through the season without its permission.
FOXSPORTS/ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The NHL wants certainty soon in the RSE group’s talks with the city of Glendale regarding an arena agreement for the Phoenix Coyotes, while last month’s closed-door meeting between the league and the Glendale city council has raised concerns over the lack of public discussions over the issue.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Will this freakin’ saga EVER end?