Newark, NJ – The Vegas Golden Knights are your 2022-23 Stanley Cup Champions! Mark Stone records a hat trick while Shea Theodore and Jack Eichel register three assists each. Aiden Hill made 32 saves on 35 shots. Vegas wins the Cup, defeating the Florida Panthers 9-3.
The Golden Knights captured their first Stanley Cup in their franchise’s history.
Forward Jonathan Marchessault was awarded the Conn Smythe. Marchessault totaled 25 points in the postseason and is the first undrafted player to win the award since Wayne Gretzky in 1988.
More about the Stanley Cup Final to follow.
The New York Rangers officially name Peter Laviolette as head coach.
let’s dive in.
New Jersey Devils
New Jersey Hockey Now: Surely following the anticipated extensions of Jesper Bratt and Timo Meier, the Devils are going to need to add some depth pieces. They might need to dip their hands into the UFA market. Here are three options they could sign on the cheap.
NJ Advance Media: The goaltending market is already spicy. Some pretty intriguing names on the market are reportedly available. Devils GM Tom Fitzgerald claims he is happy with his goaltending, but could he venture out to the market and pull the trigger on an upgrade?
The Athletic: There are some pretty intriguing offer sheet candidates heading into this summer. The Devils have a few names on that list.
Stanley Cup Final
Vegas Hockey Now: Golden Knights owner Bill Foley laughs about his prediction come true that Vegas will win the cup in six years. Says he’ll “think about my next asinine statement.”
Florida Hockey Now: The Cinderella story didn’t quite meet its finish. As the underdog every step of the way, including the Cup Final, the Panthers couldn’t overcome injuries and the Golden Knights as Vegas hoists the cup.
The Panthers aren’t making any excuses for themselves. The Golden Knights won fair and square and they’re your 2023 Stanley Cup Champions. However, Florida played banged up in the final, including a broken sternum for Matthew Tkachuk and a broken foot, two separate shoulder dislocations, and a torn oblique for Aaron Ekblad.
"He couldn't dress himself for the game. Somebody helped him get his gear on. Somebody helped him tie his skates."
Paul Maurice discusses Matthew Tkachuk's injury and how he was able to play Game 4. pic.twitter.com/04qhW9SeUc
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 14, 2023
National Hockey Now
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Penguins have a history of making trades on the draft floor. Traditionally, they’ve found some pretty decent success in doing so. PHN analyzes those trades through history.
Colorado Hockey Now: The Avalanche are loaded with talent. However, they do have one weakness. Ever since the departure of Nazem Kadri, the depth at center following Nathan Mackinnon has been slim. They’ll need to find a solution for their 2C.
Philly Hockey Now: The Flyers made an addition to their front office on Tuesday. As the changes in Philadelphia continue, ex-Flyer Patrick Sharp has been named a Special Advisor to Hockey Operations.
Washington Hockey Now: There’s speculation that Tom Wilson is drawing interest around the league. The Capitals’ plan moving forward as long as Alexander Ovechkin is still around is to contend. WHN debates whether Wilson should stay or go in the team’s current state.
Calgary Hockey Now: Following the hiring of Ryan Huska as the new head coach of the Flames, the trickle-down effect may lead to new assistant coaches in his supporting cast.
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