The news around the Pittsburgh Penguins has slowed to a crawl in part because the organization is lining up its next steps, and in part because it will be another six weeks to free agency and the draft. In the daily links, the Calgary Flames had their game in their hands, only to suffer a historic meltdown. The Washington Capitals looked like disinterested bystanders as the New York Islanders ordered them to pack up and leave the NHL bubble. And, there are several playoff teams now staring at a rebuild.
The Penguins farm club, the WBS Penguins dished a contract to Kevin Stevens’ son, Luke from Yale (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
How much longer will Mike Sullivan coach the Pittsburgh Penguins? History is not on his side (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
What will the Arizona Coyotes do? They’re tight to the salary cap, their roster wasn’t nearly good enough against the Colorado Avalanche, and Taylor Hall is a UFA. Thoughts and prayers to Rick Tocchet? (ESPN)
Chicago is a young team, except for its aging core. They upset Edmonton but were quickly dismissed by Vegas. There is a buzz around the league that Stan Bowman and Jeremy Colliton could soon be in front of the firing squad (ESPN)
Ba bye Washington Capitals. The 2018 Stanley Cup champions and Metro Division winners were summarily bounced by the New York Islanders in five games. So long, Caps (NYI Hockey Now)
The Game 5 changes worked for the Islanders (NYI Hockey Now)
The Calgary Flames thought they were headed to Game 7. An hour later, their season was over in a historic meltdown (Sportsnet)
Boston Bruins president Cam Neely reiterated that Tuukka Rask left the bubble for a family emergency but sidestepped if Rask could return (Boston Hockey Now)
It will be the Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars in Round Two (Colorado Hockey Now)
Dallas just seems like the former Intercontinental Champion whose job it is to put over Colorado, you know?
For those who dig the prospects, Sheng Peng did a deep dive into the San Jose Sharks prospects on the bubble who are out of time (San Jose Hockey Now)