On the ice, the St. Louis Blues are beginning to look like Rocky Balboa. They hit and hit hard but they have also taken what looked to be a knockout punch only to keep moving forward. Monday night, St. Louis tied the Stanley Cup Final 2-2. TSN did a deep dive about Pittsburgh Penguins winger Phil Kessel’s on-ice performance and the Philadelphia Flyers used an old-school move to get their hands on Kevin Hayes a few weeks early.
The Flyers handed Winnipeg a fifth-round pick in exchange for the rights to Kevin Hayes. Now they have to sign him (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Hayes would look very good in the middle of the Flyers lineup but why would Hayes sign now? He’s just a few weeks from talking to other teams and choosing the best situation and most cash. Philadelphia can offer more term but in this era, an eight-year deal seems silly.
TSN’s Travis Yost wrote that Penguins winger Phil Kessel could offer tremendous value…in the right situation. This is definitely a Rorschach of stats (TSN)
The Boston Bruins have been without Matt Grzelcyk since he was boarded by Oskar Sundqvist. Now they may be without Zdeno Chara (Boston Hockey Now)
St. Louis controlled the third period and now it’s a best of three. Gotta love this time of year! (NHL.com)
The Bruins report card and analysis (Boston Hockey Now)
The NHL scouting combine wrapped up and unlike the NFL, we didn’t dissect guys in their underwear, worry about how long their fingers are, but the prospects do get the joy of being treated like meat for a couple of days. Here’s more on the combine (Sportsnet)
It’s a make or break summer for Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford. He can’t whiff on the all-important Kessel trade but the Penguins GM also can’t afford another bad summer or the Penguins could find themselves in trouble (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)