The St. Louis Blues continued to assemble the coaching staff for Mike Yeo on Wednesday when they announced the hiring of former NHL defenseman Darryl Sydor. Sydor previously served as an assistant on Yeo’s staff for several years when he was the head coach of the Minnesota Wild. Before joining the Blues, Sydor was an assistant coach for the AHL’s Chicago Wolves this past season.
After Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final, Don Brennan of the Ottawa Citizen wrote a scathing column about Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, and the role he allegedly plays in the franchise’s attendance problems. “It must be Eugene Melnyk,” he wrote. This is an Ottawa thing.
Anaheim Ducks defensemen Sami Vatanen and Hampus Lindholm need offseason shoulder surgeries, GM Bob Murray said on Thursday. Lindholm is expected to miss 4-5 months while Vatanen's rehab will take longer. Also on Thursday: Nate Thompson was said to have played during the Ducks' postseason run with a hairline fracture in his ankle. Kevin Bieksa suited up for the final three games of the season with a torn MCL. And finally, Patrick Eaves and Rickard Rakell's high-ankle sprains kept them from being more effective in the playoffs.