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.
It’s a feel-good story, especially if you can look beyond questions of officiating. Clarke MacArthur could have very well never played another NHL game considering his lengthy battles with concussion symptoms. Instead, he drew a penalty on the Boston Bruins in overtime of Game 6 and then managed to score the series-clinching goal. Now, this isn’t to say that MacArthur didn’t rightfully draw a penalty; it most clearly was. And, in the bigger picture, it’s one of those stories that almost makes you wonder if real-life sports actually do follow Hollywood scripts. People just wonder about some other decisions during that overtime, in particular, making it frustrating for some Bruins fans to see the
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.