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• Why a five-year contract is best for both the Wild and Kirill Kaprizov. [Zone Coverage]
• Rod Brind’Amour with high praise for his captain, Jordan Staal: “When you have a guy that plays in all situations and you rely on so much, the value of this guy is off the charts.” [Canes Country]
• David Pastrnak made an Islanders fan’s day with a special gift. [NBC Sports Boston]
• Despite being down 0-2 to Colorado, the Golden Knights are in a better spot now than their previous series deficits. [Sin Bin Vegas]
• Should the Avalanche reach the Stanley Cup Semifinals, they will play in front of a full crowd at Ball Arena. [Mile High Hockey]
• Mark Scheifele has been suspended four games for his hit on Jake Evans in Game 1. [PHT]
• Andrei Vasilevskiy and Nathan MacKinnon sit atop our first Conn Smythe Watch of the postseason. [PHT]
[NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2021 Second Round schedule, TV info]
• The U.S. men will face off against Canada on Saturday morning in the semifinals of the IIHF World Championship. The Canadians got there after this goal by Andrew Mangiapane, thanks to a great setup by Troy Stecher.
THEY DID IT!!! 🇨🇦
Canada wins in overtime!!
Andrew Mangiapane is the hero in OT to defeat Russia! 🔥@HockeyCanada #IIHFWorlds #ROCCAN @NHLFlames pic.twitter.com/xeIcJBUTzV
— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) June 3, 2021
• After the Sabres and Owen Power at No. 1, could the Kraken go for defenseman Brandt Clarke? [Sportsnet]
• Wild GM Bill Guerin still sees a place for Zach Parise in the team’s lineup. [NHL.com]
• A UFA this summer, Pekka Rinne said he will take time to ponder his hockey future. [Predators]
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