Newark, NJ – Much like Game 1, Game 2 did not go as planned for the Florida Panthers. On the back of Jonathan Marchessault, the Vegas Golden Knights down the Panthers to take a 2-0 series lead.
Radko Gudas exits Game 2 with an apparent injury.
Matthew Tkachuk lays a devastating hit on Jack Eichel. Eichel returns in the third period.
TKACHUK WITH A MAJOR HIT ON EICHEL 👀 pic.twitter.com/RF6vSF8WNG
— B/R Open Ice (@BR_OpenIce) June 6, 2023
As more head coaching vacancies begin to fill, the Calgary Flames’ options are dwindling.
New Jersey Devils
New Jersey Hockey Now: Jesper Boqvist’s role in the Devils’ lineup has been undefined thus far. He knows what he has to do this summer to solidify himself in the lineup for the 2023-24 season.
Besides a new contract, what is Erik Haula working on this summer?
Seven trade destinations for Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck. Are the Devils one?
Stanley Cup Final
Knights Down Panthers 7-2
Vegas Hockey Now: In the midst of their Game 2 victory, the Golden Knights Twitter claims a victory of it’s own. On the back of a two-goal effort from Jonathan Marchessault, Vegas’ Twitter reminds the Twitterverse just where the Golden Knights received No. 81 from.
Florida Hockey Now: Usually, it’s Radko Gudas that is delivering the devastating hits. However, in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, it was Gudas who was on the receiving end. Following a hit from Ivan Barbashev, Gudas left the game and did not return after the first period.
National Hockey Now
Montreal Hockey Now: This is one of those contracts that is going to age really well. Good for Montreal. The Canadiens announced on Monday that they’ve re-signed forward Cole Caufield to an eight-year, $62.8 million contract extension, an AAV worth $7.85 million.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Whenever a general manager goes from one team to the next in the same offseason, oftentimes said GMs are not allowed at their new clubs’ draft tables. It appears the Toronto Maple Leafs brass isn’t worried about that, however. The newly appointed Penguins President of Hockey Operations will have a seat at the table in Nashville.
Chicago Hockey Now: Former Blackhawks forward, Alex DeBrincat, hasn’t quite been able to square away a contract with his new club, the Ottawa Senators. Following an off-year, DeBrincat is still looking for a sizeable long-term contact. The Senators don’t appear comfortable with that commitment and are exploring the trade market for the 25-year-old winger.
Colorado Hockey Now: The Avs have another objective on their to-do list this summer. Find a head coach for their AHL affiliate Colorado Eagles. Now former head coach, Greg Cronin, was hired on Monday as the new head coach of the Anaheim Ducks.
San Jose Sharks
San Jose Hockey Now: A hip injury ended Eetu Makiniemi’s season last year. Spending time with both the Barracuda and the Sharks, Makiniemi’s 2023-24 was in question as a result of the injury. San Jose Hockey Now has learned that Sharks fans can expect Makiniemi to return to the Sharks next season.
New York Islanders
NYI Hockey Now: With a plethora of long-term contracts, the Islanders don’t have much wiggle room to make too many changes this offseason. However, there are options for them to clear up some cap space in order to make improvements.
Buffalo Hockey Now: Sabres top prospect Noah Ostlund has opted to return to Sweden next season to continue his development. It’s a surprise development as Ostlund crossed the pond this spring to observe the Sabres AHL affiliate, Rochester Americans, on their playoff run.
Los Angeles Kings
LA Hockey Now: Changes are afoot in the Kings broadcasting department. Alex Faust is out while Nick Nickson becomes the play-by-play announcer, Jim Fox the analyst, and Daryl Evans the on-air personality.
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