Leading up to Monday’s Game 1, Puck Daddy is previewing every facet of the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators — on the ice and off the ice. For various and sundry reasons, the Puck Daddy Beard Watch took a breather this postseason. Obviously, there wasn’t much turnover from last year’s Stanley Cup winners, which means there isn’t much novelty in the Penguins’ playoff beards.
The Ottawa Senators had their final meeting with the media for the 2016-17 season on Saturday following their disappointing Game 7 loss in the Eastern Conference Finals. One of the more entertaining moments came during Bobby Ryan‘s scrum when he was asked if he has given any thought to potentially being taken in the expansion draft by the Vegas Golden Knights. The thing is, though, Vegas would almost certainly take a $7 million player if they felt they were going to get $7 million worth of production along with it.
As he met with general manager Grant Armstrong, Nolan Patrick had just finished an injury-marred junior season. "I don't think he really ever got himself into a situation where he was 100 percent," the Brandon Wheat Kings GM said in a phone interview last week with CSNPhilly.com. "When we had our exit meetings, he told me he was going to play in the NHL," Armstrong said.