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Since its recent Cup run began, the value of the Blackhawks has increased to$825 million (fourth in the NHL) from $258 million (seventh). When Chicago’s cable deal is renewed to match its ratings and market, the Blackhawks may be a billion dollar team.
-Mike Ozanian of Forbes where you can read more on this topic.
Scott Morrison of Sportsnet with the narration.
The buyout period starts 48 hours after the Stanley Cup Final is complete. So lets say it begins on June 18th or late June 17th.
TBA Deadline for first club-elected salary arbitration (later of June 15 or 48 hours after the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Final, 5:00pm ET)
NHL Awards Show on June 24th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
NHL Draft is on June 26-27 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise Florida.
UFA signing period begins at 12:00pm ET on July 1st.
July 5th Deadline for player-elected salary arbitration notification (5:00pm ET)
July 6th Deadline for club-elected salary arbitration notification (5:00pm ET)
July 20-August 4 Salary arbitration hearings held.
August 6th Deadline for salary arbitration decisions to be rendered
We had two KK members correctly predict Chicago in six with Gary A$$ SUCK !! coming the closest with 39 total goals (the official total was only 24) in the SCF.
Thanks to all for participating throught the Stanley Cup Playoffs and now we move on to the NHL Awards Show, the NHL Draft and the UFA period.
So we end the season with this...
from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,
One day there will be time for the Lightning to perform the autopsy on the 2015 Stanley Cup final. On that day, the Lightning can dissect what went wrong, how the series was lost, everything it might have done differently.
But now is not that time.
Today is simply about disappointment. It's about the heartbreak of coming so close to a lifelong dream and having it ripped from its hands at the final moment. It's about anger and grief and all the rotten stages of letting a championship that was so close slip away.
The Lightning season — one of the best in franchise history and one of the most memorable in the history of Tampa Bay sports — is over. The Blackhawks ended the Lightning season Monday night with a 2-0 victory to take the best-of-seven series in an excruciatingly close six games.
When coach Jon Cooper looked in his players' eyes after it was over, he saw one thing. "They were crushed," he said.
"It's kind of hard to talk about now," Lightning goalie Ben Bishop said. "It's a terrible feeling. I don't know how to describe it.
"Listening to (the crowd celebrating) just makes me sick."
from Jon Greenberg of ESPN,
from Shawn Roarke of NHL.com,
The Tampa Bay Lightning team that finished the Stanley Cup Final was not the same team that started it almost two weeks ago.
Goalie Ben Bishop played through a painful tear in his right groin, top scorer Tyler Johnson broke his right wrist early in the series, and Nikita Kucherov, who finished second on the Lightning in scoring, sustained an undisclosed injury in Game 5 that impacted him in Game 6, a 2-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks that ended Tampa Bay's season two wins short of the Stanley Cup.
"I think anybody will tell you that [if] you want to make a run like we made, the run Chicago made, you have to stay healthy," Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "That is the key. The margin of teams is so close. It's the healthy ones that seem to advance.
"I think we stayed somewhat healthy. Then down the stretch things started not going our way in that department. But we'll be the last team ever to say that's an excuse why we lost."
It may not be an excuse, but injuries were an undeniable reality for the Lightning in a close Stanley Cup Final. The only two-goal lead of the series came in Game 6, when Patrick Kane scored with 5:14 remaining for the final margin.
Stanley Cup Playoffs review...
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
History is always part of the lure – and the lore – of the Stanley Cup chase and the Chicago Blackhawks were of a mind to make a little history Monday night.
It had been 77 years since the Blackhawks last won the Stanley Cup on home ice. Bill Stewart coached the ’38 Hawks and the circumstances of the victory were utterly peculiar – a below .500 team catching fire at the right time, defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs in the best-of-five final, Carl Voss scoring the game-winning goal. Anachronistically/intelligently, the playoffs ended on Apr. 3.
But on a rainy night in Illinois, when the weather made the streets so impassable that the Stanley Cup barely arrived in time for the ceremony, the Blackhawks rewarded their revived, energized fan base at the United Center (aka The Madhouse on Madison) Monday night, shutting out the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 to capture their third Stanley Cup in six years.
After previously winning as the visiting team in Philadelphia (2010) and Boston (2013), Chicago eked out a close, hard-fought six-game series win in statistically, the closest Stanley Cup final in history.
It wasn’t always entertaining, and the goals were especially hard to come by in the latter stages of the series, but in the end, the Blackhawks weren’t looking to make an aesthetic statement.
Greedily, they were just looking for another ring.
It will be the Summer of Stanley for Chicago after the Blackhawks defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 tonight.
Congrats to both teams for a very enjoyable Stanley Cup Final.
Watch Duncan Keith's game winning goal below.
Puck drops on Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final just after 8:00pm ET on NBC, CBC and TVA.
I predicted Tampa in seven but a very tough game tonight for the Bolts.
The Blackhawks want to celebrate a Cup win on home ice, will they?
Feel free to discuss the game as it plays out.
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