Bruins GM admits Thomas’ tenure in Boston likely done, Kings Cup win bolsters their popularity, NHL releases 2012 Entry Draft order, and more.
CSNNE.COM: Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli admits goalie Tim Thomas’ tenure with the team is likely over. Thomas recently took to Facebook to announce he would sit out next season, citing fatigue and a desire to reconnect with family and friends.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word from Chiarelli if he’d try to trade Thomas’ rights this summer, though one shouldn’t rule out that possibility to clear the veteran netminder’s $5 million cap hit for next season from their books.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings Stanley Cup championship has resulted in a significant local demand for season tickets and merchandise.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: The NHL has released the entire 2012 Entry Draft Order. The draft runs June 22-23, 2012.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: To those who’ve asked, I won’t be attending this year’s draft because of personal reasons. Looking forward to next year’s, wherever it may be.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks have placed goaltender Alexander Salak on waivers.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: NHL referee Stephane Auger is retiring after nearly 12 years in the league. Auger was the center of controversy in January 2010 in an incident with Vancouver Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows, when Burrows claims Auger approached him pre-game accusing the forward of diving in an earlier game.