The Bruins win Game Two of the Stanley Cup Final, the remainder of the NHL Awards winners are announced, the Rangers are close to hirigin Alain Vigneault, and the Kings may be nearing a deal with Slava Voynov.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins caught a break in the first period, when an apparent goal was waved off as the referee was whistling the play dead. The Blackhawks dominated the first period but the Bruins worked their way back into the game, setting the stage for Paille’s dramatic winner.The series shifts back to Boston for Games Three and Four.
TSN.CA: The NHL announced the remainder of their award winners on Saturday. Alexander Ovechkin won the Hart Trophy, Sidney Crosby the Lindsay Trophy, Sergei Bobrovsky the Vezina, P.K. Subban the Norris and Jonathan Huberdeau the Calder Trophy.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lots of complaining over some of these award winners. I was more ticked that they split the awards up over two nights. Congratulations, NHL, you made me pine for your cheesy Vegas award show. Anyway, congratulations to the winners, particularly Bobrovsky and Subban, who are going to become very, very wealthy men as a result. Bobrovsky is currently in contract talks with both the Columbus Blue Jackets and the KHL’s SKA St. Petersburg, while Subban is eligible to become a restricted free agent next summer, and will certainly command more than the $2.875 million average salary he was forced to accept from the Canadiens earlier this year.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports the Rangers have an agreement in principle with former Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault. It’s believed the deal could be finalized today.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think Vigneault’s a good choice. He’s an experienced NHL bench boss and a former Adams Trophy winner, helping to turn the Canucks into one of the top teams in the league. He’s also more even-tempered than his predecessor, and isn’t combative with reporters.
RSPORT.RU: reports the agent for defenseman Slava Voynov claims his client is expected to re-sign with the Los Angeles Kings in the near future. KHL team Traktor Chelyabinsk made “an absolutely serious offer” to Voynov, but his intention is to stay in the NHL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Voynov won a Cup with the Kings last season and came into his own this season, especially in the playoffs. He earned over $800K as his average annual salary on his current deal, and should earn a significant raise over the next several years.