Updates on the Rangers, Capitals, Coyotes, Kings and Devils, concerns over shot-blocking and injuries, and more.


Callahan promises to step up and lead.

NEW YORK POST/WASHINGTON POST: Rangers captain Ryan Callahan vows to step up and lead in tonight’s Game 7 against the Capitals, while Washington head coach Dale Hunter may be sticking around longer than expected.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC/LOS ANGELES TIMES: Focus on the respective general managers of the Phoenix Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings.

NJ.COM: Devils goalie Martin Brodeur has years of experience, but continues to study his position – especially rival goalies – for anything he can adopt to his game. That’s one reason why he’s been successful for so long.

DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings forward Johan Franzen suffered a broken nose during Sweden’s 7-3 loss to Russia yesterday at the World Hockey Championships. George Malik of Kukla’s Korner claimed a few Red Wings fans believed Franzen deserved it for playing so poorly in the Wings opening round defeat to Nashville. The stupid, it burns! Those jackasses should be grateful Franzen’s a Red Wing. I know there would be a number of teams who’d love to have him in their lineup. Fortunately, most Red Wings fans don’t share the opinion of those few idiots among them.

TAMPABAY.COM: Injured Lightning defenseman Mattias Ohlund wants to give himself another chance to play. He’s recovering from surgery on both knees, spurring to rumors of retirement.

THE GLOBE & MAIL: Roy MacGregor with a good piece on the rise of shot-blocking and the injury fears which accompany it.

STLTODAY.COM: Blues new owner Tom Stillman’s focus will soon turn toward his team’s budget for next season.