Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while impressed an NHL team in the salary cap era was able to win back-to-back Stanley Cups. That’s extremely difficult to do and it could be another 20 years before we see it again.
*It’s always encouraging to see somebody prosper after they’ve really paid their dues, and that’s exactly what Mike Sullivan had done over the last ten plus years after being let go by the Bruins. He’s worked hard during that time as an NHL assistant coach and an AHL head coach, and prepared for this moment that now sees him flourishing behind the bench with the Penguins. He was a very young head coach when he was in Boston and that might have come through at times with the Bruins, but he is the right guy at the right time for the Penguins with a whole lot more experience under his belt at this point in time.
*Anson Carter and Brian Boucher ask if the Penguins are the next NHL dynasty during the postgame portion of the NBC broadcast following the Stanley Cup Final.
*Steve Simmons weighs in on the terrible first period whistle that eliminated a good goal for the Predators, and potentially cost the Predators a chance at a Game 7 back in Pittsburgh. That’s a tough way to lose for the Preds.
*Barry Melrose says that the Predators are “hypocritical” for silencing PK Subban prior to Game 6 after previously complaining about the lack of media coverage for their team in year’s past. I think the Mullet has a point there. I still think the NHL shares some of the blame for letting this happen as they should have forced the Predators to make him available given his standing as a star player at the league’s marquee event.
*Bruce Arthur puts a bow on the Stanley Cup Final that goes to Pittsburgh in six games, and officially closes the door on the 2016-17 NHL season.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Brian Wilde details the Montreal search for a top line center that isn’t going to be an easy search for the Canadiens. There is a great deal required of centers in Claude Julien’s system, so they’re going to need to be very selective about the player that becomes the “1C” in Montreal.
*For something completely different: That’s it…lock it down. Gordon Hayward is going to be a member of the Boston Celtics when it’s all said and done, because I believe everything posted on Instragram and Facebook.