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Steven Stamkos hopes to be back with the Tampa Bay Lightning next season.

Stamkos is set to become one of the biggest names to ever hit the open market. Many have speculated that Stamkos will be heading home to Toronto, but he insists he still wants to be in Tampa. "I hope to be back," Stamkos said. "We have some unfinished business. This group has been unbelievable; this city has been unbelievable to me. I can't believe it's been eight years already; time flies. The last couple years, you can finally see that light. You still haven't got to (a Stanley Cup win), but it's there, it's dangling right in front of us. When you start something, you want to finish it, and I really hope that can be the case." Time will tell if he really wants to stay.
May 29 - 10:10 AM

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun believes Alex Chiasson could be on the move this summer.

Chiasson was acquired in the Jason Spezza trade with Dallas back in 2014, but he's failed to make an impression since landing in Ottawa. The 25-year-old is coming off an eight goal and 14-point season in 2015-16 and it wouldn't be surprising to see him dealt to another team. Chiasson will be a restricted free agent on July 1st. He could be an intriguing low-risk acquisition.
Source: Ottawa Sun
May 29 - 10:04 AM

Brad Marchand is thrilled about being selected to play for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey.

"It’s an incredible honor to play for Team Canada. It’s something that I think we all take a lot of pride in, and something that is…it’s not an easy accomplishment," said Marchand. "It’s not something you get to do very often, and to have that opportunity twice this year is very special and it’s not something I take for granted." Some questioned whether he should be on the team ahead of players like Corey Perry and Taylor Hall, but there's no doubt that Marchand had a terrific season. The 28-year-old had 37 goals and 61 points in 77 games during the '15-16 season.
May 29 - 9:54 AM

Likely Game 1 starter Matt Murray has never played against the San Jose Sharks.

Murray has taken over as the Penguins top netminder, supplanting the once injured Marc-Andre Fleury. He has been terrific in the post-season for the most part as he is 11-4 with a 2.21 GAA and a .924 save percentage. The 22-year-old goalie is the Penguins goalkeeper of the future and his play could force Pittsburgh to trade Fleury by the start of the 2017-18 season, especially if expansion takes place before then.
May 29 - 9:48 AM

Matt Cullen left practice Saturday a few minutes early and did not return.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review stated that Cullen seemed to be walking 'gingerly' back to the locker room. If there is anything wrong, it should be updated either Sunday or Monday, otherwise assume he will be in the Pittsburgh lineup for Game 1 Monday.
May 29 - 9:43 AM

Chris Kunitz had a maintenance day Saturday and missed practice.

Kunitz is currently on a five game points streak with three goals and six points in that span. He has 10 points in 18 games and will likely line up on the second line with Evgeni Malkin and Game 7 hero Brian Rust.
May 29 - 9:40 AM

Nick Bonino did not participate in practice Saturday.

Coach Mike Sullivan said that the center sat out for maintenance reasons. Most players are banged up at this stage of the playoffs so expect to see Bonino in the Penguins lineup for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final Monday. He has three goals and 15 points in 18 playoff games this season which is tied for eighth overall in the scoring race. Not too shabby.
May 29 - 9:38 AM

Olli Maatta had three assists and was a plus-five in the Penguins last three games of the Conference Final.

Maatta had been benched for the three previous games but a season-ending injury to Trevor Daley got him back in the lineup and he did not disappoint. Maatta, at age 21, will be the youngest participant in the Stanley Cup Final but he has played plenty over the last three seasons since being drafted 22nd overall in 2012. He is worth taking late in deeper pools next season as he has a lot of upside.
May 29 - 9:12 AM

Kris Letang led all NHL defensemen in points from January 1 until the end of the season.

Letang had 48 points in 43 games while Erik Karlsson had 41 points in 44 games. Letang has been quite the offensive threat for the Penguins but has been quiet in the playoffs (for him) with only two goals and 10 points in 17 games. He should be a top-three defenseman in fantasy hockey next season.
May 29 - 9:06 AM

Bryan Rust of the Penguins an Joonas Donskoi of the Sharks were taken 19 picks apart in the 2010 Draft.

Rust was taken in the third round, 80th overall, while Donskoi was taken in the fourth with the 99th overall selection. Both have been instrumental in the playoffs as the rookies have each scored five times for their respective teams. Rust is playing with Evgeni Malkin on the Penguins second unit and with eight points in the playoffs, has been a pleasant surprise to those who selected him.
May 29 - 8:58 AM

Kris Letang will not play for Team Canada at the upcoming World Cup.

Letang, P.K. Subban and Corey Perry were just some of the names left off the Canadian roster. Canada is deep in talent and fortunately for fans, the under-24 North American team will feature Canadians like Connor McDavid and Nathan MacKinnon, two players who should make Canada in the years to come. Letang, in the meantime, will get ready for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup which takes place on Monday.
May 29 - 8:00 AM

Ivan Provorov is the CHL's defenseman of the year.

Provorov had 21 goals and 73 points in 62 WHL games in 2015-16. He was taken by Philadelphia with the seventh overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
May 28 - 9:44 PM

Mitch Marner has been named the Canadian Hockey League's player of the year.

Marner had 39 goals and 116 points in 57 OHL contests in 2015-16. He was also selected as the OHL playoff MVP after scoring 16 goals and 44 points in 18 contests. He was taken by the Toronto Maple Leafs with the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
May 28 - 9:39 PM

P.K. Subban took his snub from Team Canada in stride.

"I mean, everybody wants to make the team, right? And there’s a bunch of guys that I’m sure wanted to be on the team. But that’s the way it goes," Subban said. "Listen, at the end of the day, we could take four or five teams to this thing. When I was speaking to [Team Canada GM] Doug Armstrong, my number one thing was I just want to see Canada win gold. So, I’ll be there cheering just like everybody else." Subban was the Norris Trophy in 2013 and was a finalist for the award in 2015. He also was part of the gold-medal winning Team Canada in the 2014 Olympics, but he only appeared in one game.
May 28 - 9:29 PM

Dainius Zubrus is the only member of the Sharks who has played a game in the Stanley Cup Final before.

He was an 18-year old rookie with the Philadelphia in 1997 when the Flyers were swept by the Detroit Red Wings and his next appearance came in 2012 with the New Jersey Devils along with current Sharks coach Peter DeBoer. The Devils lost that series in six games to the Los Angeles Kings. Zubrus will be hoping that the third time is the charm.
Source: NHL.com
May 28 - 6:51 PM


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