With the Los Angeles Kings cleaning house this summer, firing longtime GM Dean Lombardi and coach Darryl Sutter, there are likely to be some personnel and lineup changes going into next season. Rob Blake and John Stevens are looking to put their stamp on the team and steer them into a return to the playoffs. One of the players who may be a beneficiary of the coaching change is winger Marian Gaborik. Gaborik has been the subject of buyout speculation due to his long term contract and underwhelming numbers but Blake has already said that he will not be bought out this summer and the team will commit to him for at least another year. Gaborik broke into the NHL in 2000 as a highly-touted prospect
The NHL is heading to Asia next season. Just not the Olympics. Commissioner Gary Bettman emphatically reasserted the league will not take a break next February to participate in the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea next February. The league previously announced it would skip going to Pyeongchang earlier this spring, a point Bettman bluntly reiterated on Monday just hours before Pittsburgh and Nashville met in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. "(We've seen) a number of comments from the (International Ice Hockey Federation) and player reps suggesting it was still an open issue, it is not and has not been," Bettman said. IIHF President Rene Fasel said the governing body was touching base with the
Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford is not happy with some of the treatment his captain and best player, Sidney Crosby, has been receiving this postseason. The most notable example was probably the cross-check to the head he received from Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen in the second-round, forcing him to miss the remainder of that game as well as the next one. In Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Ottawa Senators, he was on the receiving end of some extra curricular activity, including this water bottle squirt from Mike Hoffman during the game. In speaking to Ken Campbell of the Hockey News on Sunday, Rutherford sounded off and said that if the league does not take steps to protect its stars the league is headed back to where it was in the 1970s.