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from Tom Powers of the Pioneer Press,
As much as Vanek disappeared for the Canadiens in the playoffs, Gaborik has grabbed the spotlight. Of course, we always have to clarify that by saying "a healthy" Gaborik has grabbed the spotlight. Still, it's fascinating to watch. And Gaborik, too, is about to be a free agent.
There's no question the Kings will make every effort to re-sign him, but Gaborik still will field offers before making his decision. He is 32 years old. Vanek is 30. For the sake of decision, let's look at some numbers.
Vanek is coming off of a seven-year, $50 million contract originally signed with the Buffalo Sabres. He didn't help himself with his playoff performance, but he is still going to command a long-term deal. Gaborik is coming off of a five-year, $37.5 million contract originally signed with the New York Rangers. With his history of injuries, he won't be able to command a long-term deal.
Let's say they end up with similar money on the open market -- I don't know that they will, but we'll assume that -- but Vanek insists on five or six years while Gaborik will take three years or maybe even two. Does that make it more interesting? After all, the Wild have young players coming up through the pipeline. It might be tough to commit that much money for that long.
Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils today re-signed defenseman Marek Zidlicky to a new contract. The announcement was made by Devils’ President/General Manager Lou Lamoriello. As per club policy, no further terms were disclosed.
Zidlicky will enter his fourth season with New Jersey and 11th in NHL overall. He finished first among the club’s defensemen and fifth on the team with 42 points last season, including 12 goals and 30 assists, while appearing in 81 games.
NEW YORK (JUNE 3, 2014) – NHL Network and NHL.com’s extensive coverage of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final begins with Media Day on Tuesday, June 3. Starting at 3:00 p.m.ET, NHL.com will carry live streaming video from NHL Network’s simulcast of Media Day, offering fans multiple camera choices and four podiums at any given time to ensure they catch interviews with their favorite player or coach.
NHL Network’s team of hosts, analysts, and reporters on the ground in Los Angeles and New York will include Kathryn Tappen, Steve Mears, EJ Hradek, Kevin Weekes, Mike Johnson, Marty Biron, Billy Jaffe, Barry Melrose , Jamal Mayers and Dave Strader.
NHL Network-Schedule for 2014 Media Day, All Times Eastern Tuesday, June 3
3:00-5:00 p.m. NHL Tonight Media Day (New York Rangers) – LIVE
7:00-8:00 p.m. NHL Tonight Media Day (Los Angeles Kings) – LIVE
On game days, NHL Network will have three hours of live coverage heading into each matchup, starting with NHL Live at 5 p.m. ET (4 p.m. ET before Game 2), followed by NHL Tonight: 2014 Stanley Cup Final Pre-Game Show. At the conclusion of each game, NHL Tonight: 2014 Stanley Cup Final Post-Game Show will feature a full analysis of the game.
On non-game days, NHL Network will air NHL Live from 5-7 p.m. ET on weeknights, and NHL Tonight: 2014 Stanley Cup Final Edition every night.
Below, watch NHL Network coverage from Stanley Cup Final media day in Los Angeles.
Stan Bowman, Joel Quenneville and select players are expected to talk at the season ending press conference.
It is scheduled to start at 2:00pm ET and you can watch it below...
THE 2014 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS SO FAR . . .
Game 7s, overtime suspense and late-game comebacks were among the highlights of the opening three rounds of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. A sample of the special moments, rallies and individual performances that have captivated capacity crowds and riveted viewing audiences everywhere . . .
GAME 7s HIGHLIGHT TIGHT SERIES
* There have been seven Game 7s in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, tying the single-year postseason record set in 1994 and matched in 2011.
* The First Round featured three Game 7s, marking the fourth consecutive year that at least three opening-round series required a Game 7. All three games were contested on the same night (April 30), marking the fifth time in Stanley Cup Playoffs history and first time since April 22, 2003, that three or more Game 7s were played on the same day.
I retweeted this a few minutes ago, but I know many of you don't use Twitter, so here you go...
via a Shnarped tweet..
from Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Register,
The Kings seem to have taken on the personality of their coach, Darryl Sutter. Yes, he has one.
Sutter, a man of few words, can also be defined by a few. Discipline. Preparation. Honesty. Consistency. Work. Work. Work. Sutter is, without contradiction, the most simple and most complex coach in the NHL.
In 2 1/2 years on the job, Sutter has led the Kings to two Stanley Cup Final appearances, and they’re on the doorstep of a second championship in three seasons. The Kings and New York Rangers play Game 1 of the Final on Wednesday night at Staples Center.
“He sets the tone,” General Manager Dean Lombardi said Monday. ''The beauty of Darryl, though, is despite that, he’s fully cognizant that players win. He never loses sight of the fact that he can lead them and set the tone, but they have to execute. I think the players, in the end, really appreciate that.”
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 3, 2014 – The Los Angeles Kings-Chicago Blackhawks Game 7 overtime thriller on Sunday night averaged 4.137 million viewers, according to The Nielsen Company, making it:
- the most-watched non-Stanley Cup Final NHL Playoff game on record;
- the most-watched NHL game ever on NBCSN; and
- the most-watched non-Olympic program ever on NBCSN.
Odds via Bovada,
Odds to win 2014 Conn Smythe Trophy as NHL Playoff MVP
Henrik Lundqvist (NYR) 5/2
Anze Kopitar (LAK) 4/1
Drew Doughty (LAK) 4/1
Jonathan Quick (LAK) 11/2
Martin St Louis (NYR) 7/1
Marian Gaborik (LAK) 7/1
Jeff Carter (LAK) 8/1
I was on the War Room on SiriusXM earlier today and talked some hockey for about 20 minutes...
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