Ah well, the season had to end at some point. The botched calls and fluky game-winner were peak NHL, though, so at least they stayed on-brand.
The Predators did well, but not well enough; the Penguins became the first team to repeat as Cup champs since the '97-'98 Red Wings, and Sidney Crosby wins his second Conn Smythe he didn't fully deserve (last year's should have gone to Phil Kessel, this year's to Evgeni Malkin, but he was a close second this year in my mind).
Mark Streit won the Cup! That's always fun.
And Mike Milbury did the one thing he's useful for: being hated by virtually any hockey fan (NSFW).
Now, the rest of us can move on to bigger and better things, like what we'll give up for Matt Duchene, what becomes of Joshua Ho-Sang next season, and where Greg Cronin belongs. You know, like every other day here.
But seriously folks, I am quite excited to see how the drama unfolds this week with the Expansion Draft looming, and I hope a million trades of star players not named John Tavares occur. Yes, a million. Make it happen, NHL.
Ironically, there is no Islanders news to report as of yet today, but the last time I said that, Dennis Seidenberg re-signed, so we can only go up from here, I guess? A smattering of other hockey news, though, follows.
- Before the game, a few fans outside Bridgestone Arena went viral for their signs calling for the head of Mike Milbury. Some of the fans were approached by NBC Sports and offered a free hat in exchange for removing their signs. Quality, as always, NBC. [SBN]
- The Stanley Cup had to go through airport security. Just like you and I! Whoa. Laws, man. [NHL.com]
- Speaking of the Cup, this Onion article might be a yearly tradition around Cup time. [The Onion]
- Take a ride from the ceiling to the ice with Nashville mascot Gnash. [SBN]
- Before the game, I pondered which Pekka Rinne would show up: his Pittsburgh self, or his Nashville self. His Nashville self showed up, but Matt Murray couldn't be beaten last night. [The Unbalanced]
- The NHL has failed to grow sufficiently enough in the last year, such that the NHLPA will not trigger their 5% cap escalator for next season. The union, as Brooksie says, is "stuck between a rock and a hard place." [NY Post]
- Marcus Kruger was already reportedly on his way to the Golden Knights, but the Blackhawks are likely to trade a 'core player' soon, as well. My guess is Brent Seabrook, if they can get him to waive his NMC. [SCH]
- Speaking of NMCs, who might waive theirs ahead of the expansion draft? asks Elliotte Friedman in his latest 30 Thoughts. [Sportsnet]
- The Panthers are close to hiring Bob Boughner as their new head coach. No idea who he is. [LBC]
- And finally, Jeremy Roenick ate hot chicken, got spice in his eyes, and was tossed off a mechanical bull. Hooray Nashville! [Awful Announcing]