Good morning from Windy City, where I'm about to take in the first Western Conference finals game against the Chicago Blackhawks and the Los Angeles Kings. I really have no preference on who wins, I'm just hoping for great hockey.
The New York Rangers waltzed into the Bell Centre in Montreal and demolished the Canadiens 7-2. McDonagh had a team record 4 points in a playoff game by a defenseman. Carey Price sustained an injury in that game, making his status for game 2 uncertain.
Teemu Selanne's illustrious NHL career came to a close as the Ducks bowed out of the playoffs. There will never be another one like him. He announced he will remain in California in the hopes of continuing to grow hockey in the region.
There were quite a few speculative things written about Mike Babcock somehow magically being hired in Pittsburgh. That ain't happening, and Mike Babcock himself put those speculations to rest.
We know that one of the candidates for the new Pens GM will be the interim GM Jason Botterill. He was GM of the WBS Pens and here is CV's Jonathan Bombulie with his impressions of Botterill and Hynes.
Whoever ends up as the next GM will report to David Morehouse unlike Shero, who reported directly to ownership. Well I'm glad that's settled. Now if we can only define what exactly "grit and character" means we can set the strategy for the future.
Here's a piece that lit a lot of fire last night as Joe Starkey raked Sidney Crosby over the hot coals. Crosby's subpar play should be called into question, absolutely, but get a grip, man. He had 9 points in 13 games. He's not alone on this team.