And here we go. The Stanley Cup received a 200mph ride at Indy, sat in Victory Lane and will now be rushed off to promotional events before being handed to Zdeno Chara or Alex Pietrangelo amid boos for Gary Bettman. Someday, Bettman will step aside without his annual speech and just present the Cup. We can hope, eh? The Pittsburgh Penguins are one of several teams which are cap strapped, and Team Canada with Matt Murray lost in the gold medal game.
An interesting take on officials from Brad Marchand–“Get rid of video” (Boston Hockey Now)
Is Jordan Binnington the second coming of Kurt Warner? A young Cinderella out of nowhere… (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Finland upset Matt Murray and Team Canada to win the World Championships. Geez, just not a good year for Penguins (Sportsnet)
The Pittsburgh Penguins are one of seven teams which are cap strapped. Add Vegas to the list, too. Even with an $83 million cap (Sportsnet)
We dished the final report card for three players who could be significant parts of the Penguins future–Jared McCann, Nick Bjugstad and Teddy Blueger (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
The Washington Capitals will need to re-order their roster to make the cap work, too (The Athletic)
And finally, we wish you a happy, safe, and somber Memorial Day. Like many of you, I come from a family who served in World War II. And I am lucky–everyone returned home. Not all families can say their loved ones returned from Europe, Korea, Vietnam, the Middle East, and all points in between. For the tens of thousands of young men and women who are marked by perfectly aligned stones in Arlington and around the country who fought and died to protect us, two words don’t seem to be enough, but we should say them anyway–Thank you.