All four Round Two playoff series were 3-1, and now the NHL is about to treat us to three Game 7s in less than 36 hours. I’ll make the popcorn and you bring the beer. The Pittsburgh Penguins trade talks involving Matt Murray include the Toronto Maple Leafs. The NHL is taking legitimate steps to become more inclusive, the Zdeno Chara question remains unanswered in Boston, and The Hockey News lined up the Max Domi suitors without the Penguins.
Speaking of those Pittsburgh Penguins. They will need a right-side defenseman. And an affordable one, too. The UFA market is not flush with options, but here are the Penguins affordable choices at RD, including one familiar face (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
TSN’s Daren Dreger firmly linked the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Penguins trade table and Matt Murray (TSN)
One day after the Penguins postseason loss to the Montreal Canadiens, Dean Blundell Sports in Toronto stoked NHL trade rumors when he tied the Penguins and Toronto together on the Murray trade saga. His report didn’t gain much traction down here, but it now appears accurate.
The five teams that should make a play for Max Domi, by Matt Larkin (The Hockey News)
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What will the Boston Bruins do about 43-years-old Zdeno Chara? He made his intentions known on Thursday (Boston Hockey Now)
Expect plenty more in the NHL trade rumors out of Boston, they have a lot of decisions to make around an aging core.
This afternoon, we get our first of three Game 7s this weekend in the NHL playoffs. Dallas Stars vs. Colorado Avalanche. Here’s the somewhat surprising reason why the game is so early (Colorado Hockey Now)
Adrian Dater hired a former Colorado Avalanche scout to break down the games as a scout would. CHN readers are LOVING the breakdowns. Check it out the Game 6 master class from a pro (Colorado Hockey Now)
The New York Islanders had the series win on their stick so many times. They bombarded the Philadelphia Flyers net, but goalie Carter Hart was on his head. The Flyers won in Double OT, so here we go. Game 7, Saturday (NYI Hockey Now)
The second Game 7 will be tonight in Edmonton. The Vancouver Canucks will not die. Vegas hurled 48 shots at Thatcher Demko and he rejected all of them. Vancouver put a few past Robin Lehner and that was all (NHL.com)
If Marc-Andre Fleury doesn’t start Game 7, it will be an epic error and require a lot of forgiveness from Fleury. The Flower blooms in Game 7s.
The NHL announced initiatives to be more inclusive (Sportsnet)
New Florida GM Bill Zito joined our George Richards on the latest FHN podcast. Pretty cool, huh? (Florida Hockey Now)
There are a lot of changes coming in Florida, so cue the NHL rumors there, too.
Our Sheng Peng in San Jose has been a revelation. The dude can write and he’s adept at creating stories despite a LONG, LOOOONNGG offseason in San Jose.
Kevin Labanc signed a very team-friendly deal last offseason. Last month, he told San Jose Hockey Now he won’t do so again. SJNH has been charting his course, and chatted with his Team USA juniors coach…who said he was a “scrawny kid.” For you US National Development folks and those of you with kids in youth hockey, here you go (SJ Hockey Now)