The Pittsburgh Penguins kept getting by even as their star players kept skating off the ice in pain. Even as the targets on their back as Stanley Cup champions kept getting bigger. Even as Columbus and Washington and Ottawa kept pushing and prodding, poking and pinching. "Just play," coach Mike Sullivan kept telling his players. Over and over and over again. So the Penguins did. And the team that found itself uncharacteristically on its heels for long stretches as it fended off the Blue Jackets in the first round, shut down the Capitals in the second and outlasted blue-collar Senators in the third is back where it was a year ago: heading to the Stanley Cup Final with confidence, momentum and
Kyle Dubas, who is reportedly being courted by the Colorado Avalanche, was Brendan Shanahan’s first hire with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2014. The Maple Leafs appear to have gotten cold feet over the possibility of losing assistant GM Kyle Dubas. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman said Friday morning that the Maple Leafs have rescinded their decision to let Dubas interview for a job with the Colorado Avalanche (presumably for GM, although Joe Sakic currently holds that title) only three days after reportedly green-lighting the process.
The Islanders will need to add a top-six forward and other forwards to add depth and improve ahead of next season, argues Scott Cullen of TSN in an edition of "Off-Season Game Plan." The Islanders won their final six games of the season, but narrowly missed out on a playoff spot. Cullen believes that the team's top concern this off-season must be to keep John Tavares, who has just one more year remaining on his contract. Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter Hard to argue with Cullen's recap of the Islanders season, although calling Ladd a 'zero' because of assists was a tough take. There was no mention of the back injury suffered in training camp that hindered the forward past the all-star break or