If he ends up being an option vs. the Washington Capitals, it might not be for a while. The Penguins provided a less-than-promising update on Monday: he hasn’t yet resumed skating. Considering Washington’s firepower, it would be nice for the Penguins to have two championship goalies to choose from in case things get ugly, but at the moment it seems like it’s Marc-Andre Fleury or bust.
The NHL postseason, always thrilling entertainment, has taken the suspense to another level with a record-breaking 18 overtime games in the first round. The Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs went to overtime in their Game 6 matchup on Sunday to set the record. The Senators won that game, 3-2, to advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
If sheer exposure to a team translates to make that team better, then no candidate can lift the Los Angeles Kings quite like John Stevens. The hockey world tends to lose track of assistant (or “associate”) coaches far more easily than the main guys, and that is the case with Stevens. Seriously, Stevens has been with the Kings since 2010-11.