As the Pens luxuriate in the glow of victory, we're now into the true off-season where nobody in the NHL is playing, not just us. The time of hockey has ended for the season. Now is the time of banter and speculation.
In Case You Missed It
Acha: Orlando Pride Acha reflects on the awful attack in her city this weekend, and gives a call to action.
Scott: Final 2016 Draft Selection Order For All Seven Rounds Want to know who's picking 197th? Our Glorious Leader's got you covered. We have a lot of picks, about which we will have an enormous amount to say in the coming weeks.
Me: Insane Leafs Comparisons Come get a hideous look at my mental processes!
The Stanley Cup Finals, Etc.
Deadspin: What Will Phil Kessel Do On His Day With The Cup? I don't know, but as per adhocrocket's suggestion yesterday, Scott should use site funds to send me to cover it. Come on, I'll do actual reporting and everything! Like, a little bit.
Today's Slapshot: Pittsburgh Penguins Plan Parade For Wednesday I eagerly await the day when "plan the parade" isn't mockery, but an actual direction Lou gives to a terrified city hall functionary.
Fear The Fin: Answering Your San Jose Sharks Questions Gotta feel for the Sharks followers. They, uh, they don't like Polak, for some reason. In other news, Marleau's the big does-he-come-back question; the article suggests there might not be much of a market for him should the Sharks try to sell.
Other NHL Stuff
Broad Street Hockey: 2017 Stanley Cup Odds The Penguins are favourites to repeat as champions (8/1) and we're favourites to repeat as not-champions (66/1.) We ought to be near the bottom and part of it is governed by what will lure betting traffic, but I suspect we're going to finish above the Canucks next year unless someone loans Benning a brain.
St. Louis Game Time: Blues Hire Mike Yeo As Assistant Coach, Head Coach For 2017-18 Ken Hitchcock is slated to retire after 2016-17, so the Blues have taken the unusual step of both hiring a new assistant coach and anointing that coach Hitchcock's successor. Perhaps more oddly, they picked a guy whose playoff appearances as a coach have all ended with his team being eliminated by the Blackhawks. Isn't that what you finally managed to not do, guys?
Litter Box Cats: Breaking Down The New Duds, Part 4 - The Panther Shield Litter Box Cats are getting really detailed in their analysis of the Panthers' new aesthetic. FWIW, I think the new shield looks awesome.
Finally, via Twitter: it looks like the Ducks have decided to replace the man they replaced Randy Carlyle with....with Randy Carlyle.
I'm hearing candidates for the @AnaheimDucks head coaching job are being told Randy Carlyle will be the choice. Coached their 5+ years.— Bucci Mane (@Buccigross) June 14, 2016
Expect the Anaheim Ducks to announce the return of Randy Carlyle as head coach tomorrow.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 14, 2016
Don't worry, Ducks fans. Dave Nonis is on hand for when Carlyle's coaching gets Bob Murray fired.
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