The Pittsburgh Penguins are the 2017 Stanley Cup champions. The first team to go back to back since the 97/98 Detroit Red Wings.
Of course, everyone made sure Phil Kessel's biggest fan was informed:
.@simmonssteve Hey bud, guess who just won the Cup again— Will (@HeyMyNameIsWill) June 12, 2017
.@simmonssteve The Penguins have not lost a single NHL playoffs series since they acquired Phil Kessel— Duncan Idunno (@DuncanIdunno) June 12, 2017
phil kessel is a nearly PPG playoff performer and two time stanley cup champion that hasn't missed a single game in 8 years pic.twitter.com/f5V10Nr8W1— playoff bobby (@bobbycappucino) June 12, 2017
Now that the playoffs are done and the games are out of the way, the expansion draft nonsense can officially begin!
What trades will be announced?
The rumour mongers are ramping up:
#BREAKING - Leafs preparing a package together for a big time player... Drew Doughty. Hearing LA is listening to ALL offers.— RumorBreak (@RumorBreak) June 12, 2017
#NHL Trade Rumors: Sami Vatanen to Toronto Maple Leafshttps://t.co/2KGGjbhlan pic.twitter.com/XfIa4OKRq0— NHL Trade Rumors (@NHLTradeRumors) June 11, 2017
There's only six days until the protection lists are announced. Let's go already!
Here are your links:
A (Re)Introduction to Consolidated Draft Pick Value - PDwhoa
Introducing the All-Time Color of Hockey team - Colour of Hockey
Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #15 – Eeli Tolvanen - TLN
Trade Proposal: Let’s Get Ovi - The Cannon
Why not go for it?
Player Grades 2017: Luke Schenn, the reliable blueliner - Five For Howling
The former fifth overall (2008) pick landed with the Coyotes in the offseason. How did he fare?
The Five Worst Experiences from the Rangers’ 2016-17 Season - Blueshirt Banter
When you finish the regular season with over 100 points and advance to the second round of the playoffs, that would be a successful season for plenty of teams around the NHL. However, the New York...
Potential trade partner: Calgary Flames - Blue Seat Blogs :: Blue Seat Blogs
But not all trades are about protecting players. Enter the Calgary Flames. Both of their goaltenders –Chad Johnson, Brian Elliott– are UFAs, and neither played well last season. Elliott was supposed to stabilize their goaltending situation, but that did not work out as planned. As such, they definitely need a goaltender. Enter Antti Raanta.
Could the Carolina Hurricanes and Winnipeg Jets make a trade? - Arctic Ice Hockey
The Carolina Hurricanes are looking at trading a defenceman. Should the Winnipeg Jets be interested?
Nashville Predators 0, Pittsburgh Penguins 2: This Incredible Season Is Over - On the Forecheck
The Predators couldn’t force a Game 7 tonight. This wacky, amazing, city-changing, life-altering season is over.
Pittsburgh Penguins 2017 Stanley Cup Champions!!!! - PensBurgh
For the 5th time in franchise history, the Penguins are the NHL's Stanley Cup champions!!!