The Stanley Cup Finals will be the Vegas Golden Knights, an expansion team that will have home ice advantage, and the Washington Capitals, a perennial regular season juggernaut that couldn’t get it done in the postseason turned mediocre contender that somehow did get it done this time. Despite being weaker than they ever had been as a playoff team in the Ovechkin era. This season has been one for the books.
On the Loufront
- Lou Lamoriello wants to oversee a winner right away, and doesn’t think the Islanders need a rebuild. I think that’s contingent on a certain captain staying. [Newsday]
- The good news there, though, is that the full-court press is on for John Tavares. Lou isn’t wasting any time, and Elliotte Friedman believes that Lou and his philosophies puts the Islanders “back in the game.” Unlike Garth Snow’s philosophy of “you have my number, big shot.” [FRS Hockey]
- While Lou puts together his pitch to Tavares, he recounted that owner Scott Malkin’s pitch to him was what sold him on joining the organization. [Sportsnet]
- Just Islanders related and not a Lou story: the Oak View Group opened an office in the city, at 21st and Broadway. They will help to market the Belmont arena and manage the business operations.
Things That Happened with Other Hockey Teams
- The Rangers made it official, announcing former Boston University head coach David Quinn as their new head coach. [Blueshirt Banter]
- This story about a prospect that had a tapeworm ruined my evening and will ruin my day today as I continue to remember all the rare-medium rare burgers I’ve eaten, including last night’s. [Ottawa Sun]
- Toby Enstrom was reportedly displeased with his healthy scratch in the deciding game of the Western Conference Finals and skipped his locker clean-out appearance. [TSN]
- Learn about escrow in the context of Evander Kane’s new deal, the NHL’s CBA, and the impending lockout. [C&B]
- And finally, Deadspin relives the history of the NHL Cleveland Browns, from their birth as the California Seals to their rapid decline and demise.