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Video- NHL Players On What It Takes To Win The Stanley Cup

James van Riemsdyk, Corey Perry, Mark Giordano, Drew Doughty and Trevor Daley have a round table discussion with Kevin Weekes.


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Video- Bryce Harper On The Stanley Cup Final

via MLB.com,

Las Vegas native Bryce Harper joins the NHL Network to discuss the Golden Knights' improbable run to the Stanley Cup.


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Video- Focus On The Coaches

John Shannon and Martine Gaillard of Sportsnet focus on Gerard Gallant and Barry Trotz as game one of the Stanley Cup Final approaches.


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NHL Short Notes

The Las Vegas Strip will get its first taste of Stanley Cup Final festivities today as the Western Conference champion Golden Knights and Eastern Conference champion Capitals descend on T-Mobile Arena for practice and Media Day. The two clubs will face off in Game 1 on Monday at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT (NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

Storylines are aplenty heading into the first-ever playoff meeting between the Golden Knights and Capitals, with a first-time Stanley Cup champion guaranteed and only two previous winners between the two rosters.

* Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury won three Stanley Cups as a member of the Penguins (2009, 2016, 2017), including one while playing with current Washington defenseman Brooks Orpik (2009). In fact, the only other player from either club (min. 1 GP this postseason) who has skated in the Stanley Cup Final is Golden Knights forward James Neal (2017 w/ NSH).

* More than 6,000 fans filled the stands to watch the Capitals’ final home practice before the Stanley Cup Final, with fans then lining the top deck of the parking garage for one last send-off.

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NHL GMs On The Vegas Golden Knights And The Expansion Draft

from Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

“I do think it’s great for our league,” Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman told NHL.com. “Las Vegas was awarded a franchise, and they paid a significant franchise fee to come into the league ($500 million). I think looking back, and I’m speaking a little bit out of turn here, but looking back at our league and the history of expansion, it’s tough in some of the markets that … if that team doesn’t have a chance for a few years, it’s tough to grow that fan base.

“The rest of the league, it was tough on us because we were losing good players, but I think (commissioner) Gary Bettman did the right thing. I don’t think anybody knew (the Knights) were going to be this competitive.”

John Davidson, Columbus’ president of hockey operations, said: “Through the expansion rules Vegas had a chance to get off to a successful start, and good for them. Now they’re playing for the Cup. That’s what dreams are made of.”...

In the side deal with the Blue Jackets, the Knights drafted David Clarkson, which took his $5.25 million salary off Columbus’ books, then were allowed to draft Karlsson. They also got two draft picks.

“Good for Will. He’s a great kid,” Davidson said.

 more with other GMs...

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Hockey Notes Today

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

USA Hockey’s decision to make John Vanbiesbrouck one of its most prominent faces and forces by hiring the former Rangers (and Islanders and Devils) goaltender as assistant executive director of hockey operations is, at best, a tone-deaf call and, at worst, a willfully ignorant one.

Just over a year ago, the patriarchy faced a boycott from the national women’s team over the administration’s separate and unequal treatment. Now, to replace the beloved, late Jim Johansson as the organization’s grassroots ambassador, this same body has selected an individual whose considerable accomplishments on the ice have been overshadowed by his conduct as the OHL Sault Ste. Marie general manager-coach 15 years ago, when he called his team captain, Trevor Daley, the N-word on more than one occasion and was forced to resign from his post in 2003....

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The deal between the Islanders and Maple Leafs that allowed Lou Lamoriello to talk with John Tavares even while the exec was still under contract as a senior adviser to Toronto was orchestrated by ownership, Slap Shots has learned.

It is believed that neither Islanders’ then-president and apparently still-GM Garth Snow nor the Maple Leafs’ president Brendan Shanahan was aware of the agreement. In fact, we’re further told that Snow and coach Doug Weight were kept out of the loop regarding ownership’s talks with Lamoriello while the two men were scouting at the World Championships in Denmark.

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Saturday Hockey Notes

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Will Mark Hunter be joining Lamoriello in mid-July when he’s allowed to sign with another NHL team? “There’s nothing going on at this time,” Hunter told me. I asked if the key words were “at this time.” He just laughed. I asked Lamoriello about Hunter, whom he greatly admires. Lamoriello giggled. He also giggled, for the record, first time I asked him about him going to the Islanders.

- Washington lost Karl Alzner, Justin Williams, Nate Schmidt, Kevin Shattenkirk and Marcus Johansson from last year’s Capitals team and became a better team. Weird.

a few more hockey notes including John Tavares talk...

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Video- Puck Drop Is Getting Closer

The fun begins Monday night at 8:00pm ET.


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Your Stanley Cup Final Picks

How did you do with your Conference Final picks? I don't even want to discuss mine!

Who are you picking to win the Stanley Cup?

The Vegas Golden Knights have home ice advantage (6-1 at home thru the first three rounds) but remember the Washington Capitals have an 8-2 road record during the post-season.

note- original post date was 5/24/19 at 1:35pm, Will be moving this post to the top of page until the puck drops so all have a chance to see and participate.

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Barry Trotz Is In The Stanley Cup Final Without A Contract For Next Season

from Matthew Paras of the Washington Times,

Capitals coach Barry Trotz estimated he has received about 300 text messages since his team advanced to the Stanley Cup Final with a Game 7 win Wednesday over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Some of them were from people he hadn’t heard from in “a while.”

“I’ve got a lot more friends than I thought I did, which is good,” Trotz said.

Trotz, though, seemed appreciative. This postseason, the 55-year-old has admitted he’s more relaxed than he used to be. While he’s kept the details private, he said experiences in his personal life have put the game of hockey in perspective.

In the last year of his contract, Trotz has responded with the best season of his career....

But Trotz is now in a good position to see a significant raise from his annual $1.5 million salary. The question becomes: will that come from the Capitals or another team?

“He’s probably going to benefit from this too,” MacLellan said. “It’s not all not good for him. I think he’s done a good job managing it. To come in this year with so many questions — not from my point of view, the lineup questions were that big a deal — but just the emotional state of our team coming in to start the year and how to handle that, I think he’s done an outstanding job.”

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