The Kings get some much-needed rest, the Blackhawks will need their toughness in the Conference Final, the story of Sidney Crosby’s facial injury, Torey Krug an unlikely playoff hero for the Bruins, and much more.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Los Angeles Kings enjoyed a day off before returning to the ice to prepare for their Western Conference Final against the Chicago Blackhawks, who’ll need more of the toughness they displayed in overcoming the Detroit Red Wings in their previous series.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of the two Conference Finals, this should be the most physical, and could take a heavy toll upon the winner.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: The Los Angeles Kings re-signed defenseman Robyn Regehr to a two-year, $6 million contract. Regehr joined the Kings in a late-season trade from Buffalo and was eligible for UFA status this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As noted in the report, this signing suggests things aren’t looking good for veteran blueliner Willie Mitchell, who’s been sidelined this season by a chronic knee injury. Regehr’s been a good fit with the Kings since joining them late in the season, and the contract is fair and affordable.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL/BOSTON GLOBE: James Mirtle has a detailed account of Sidney Crosby’s gruesome facial injury and his lengthy, ongoing recovery, while Fluto Shinzawa documents how young defenseman Torey Krug became an unlikely playoff hero for the Bruins this spring.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Turns out Crosby’s injury was more than just a broken jaw and some missing teeth, though that’s painful enough. It’s impressive he was able to return to action so quickly, let alone play as well as he has in the postseason. Krug, meanwhile, should be commended for his hard work and determination to crack the Bruins roster this spring. He could have a bright future in Boston.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/NEW YORK POST: Pat Leonard suggests Mark Messier could be a candidate to become the next head coach of the New York Rangers, while Larry Brooks names NY Islanders assistant coach Doug Weight as a possibility. Others could include Lindy Ruff, Alain Vigneault and Mike Eaves.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The vacant Rangers head coaching job is the most glamorous for unemployed NHL coaches or minor league coaches with NHL aspirations. I would advocate they bring in someone with NHL experience capable of improving the Blueshirts offensive game.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Settling their goaltending situation remains the priority for Minnesota Wild management.
FORBES.COM: Michael Ozanian reports the $170 million sale of the Phoenix Coyotes will be partially funded by the NHL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given Gary Bettman’s determination to keep the Coyotes in Glendale, no one should be surprised by this.