The aftermath of the Kings Stanley Cup championship, Zach Parise’s future, updates on the Islanders, the Capitals release their pre-season schedule and more


Kings fans almost as giddy as Dustin Brown.

JEWELS FROM THE CROWN: John Carroll is enjoying the feeling of his team winning its first ever Stanley Cup championship. Can’t say I blame him, for if you’re experiencing it for the first time, as he and countless Kings fans currently are, it’s a giddy feeling. Having watched my favorite team hoist the Cup eight times in my lifetime, I can assure you it never gets old.

ARCTIC ICE HOCKEY: A look at how the Kings became Stanley Cup champions.

BACKHAND SHELF: Daniel Wagner on some of the unfamiliar faces celebrating with the Stanley Cup.

IN LOU WE TRUST: Kevin Sellathamby sizes up the Zach Parise sweepstakes. Bad enough for Devils fans their team lost in the Cup Final, now they have to worry about the possibility of their team captain leaving this summer.

THE CHECKING LINE: Rob McGowan wonders if some young Islanders could be on the trade block.

THE CANNON: Matt Wagner examines the possibility the Blue Jackets could be loading up on American-born players.

RUSSIAN MACHINE NEVER BREAKS: The Washington Capitals have released their pre-season schedule, potential lockout notwithstanding.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski with video of how Jonathan Quick’s adorable little daughter stole the show at his post-game press conference, while Steve Bernier’s Wikipedia page was the target of unhappy Devils fans.

DOWN GOES BROWN: The winners and losers of the 2012 NHL playoffs (tongue in cheek edition).