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Rob Scuderi now top priority for Kings 06-23-2013
Robert Scuderi D PIT
The Los Angeles Kings next priority is to try signing defenseman Rob Scuderi to a long-term contract.

lakingsinsider.com
The team has had its attention divided of late, but now that Slava Voynov has agreed to a long-term deal and Jonathan Bernier has been moved to Toronto, Dean Lombardi can focus on Scuderi's future. "We got Voynov done, and we've continued to talk to Scuderi," Lombardi said. "At least, again we'll keep trying here. I think we all would love to have him back, but as we say, with the cap coming down, it's all about making things fit. It's not about our desire to have the player."
Toronto GM implies No. 1 job is up for grabs 06-23-2013
James Reimer G TOR
Toronto Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis indicated that both Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer have an opportunity to win the No. 1 job for the 2013-14 season.

Pro Hockey Talk
"Nothing's guaranteed to anybody," Nonis said during a Sunday press conference. This could be an interesting goalie battle, although it's likely that Bernier has the leg up considering how much Toronto gave up merely for his negotiating rights.
Marian Hossa also expected to play Game 6 06-23-2013
Marian Hossa RW CHI
Joel Quenneville said that Marian Hossa is "getting better" and expects the dynamic winger to play in Game 6 on Monday.

Mark Lazerus on Twitter
The 34-year-old has been a bit limited lately, but still has managed two assists in his last four games. The team clearly missed him when he was out of the lineup, even if he's not 100 percent. It'll be interesting to hear the injury report for the Slovakian once this playoff run is over.
Coach Q is 'optimistic' about Toews in Game 6 06-23-2013
Jonathan Toews C CHI
Joel Quenneville said that he's "optimistic" that Jonathan Toews could play for the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final on Monday.

Tracey Myers on Twitter
Of course, plenty can change between Sunday and Monday. Toews was on the bench for the third period of Game 5, providing support for his teammates despite being held off the ice. It's not safe to assume what will happen one way or another, but his chances might be better than Patrice Bergeron's odds.
Report: Kings look to extend Dustin Brown 06-23-2013
Dustin Brown RW LA
The Los Angeles Kings have commenced contract extension discussions with captain Dustin Brown.

Helene Elliott on Twitter
Brown has one year left on his contract. His deal is one of the league's best bargains with just a $3.175 million cap hit, which was signed way back in 2008-09. He's in line for a substantial raise. Kings GM Dean Lombardi has a knack for signing guys to bargain deals before breakthroughs, particularly with guys like Brown and Jonathan Quick.
Kings touch base with FA Dustin Penner 06-23-2013
Dustin Penner LW WAS
Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi confirmed that he had a "feeling-out talk" with Dustin Penner's agent on Sunday.

Helene Elliott on Twitter
Penner surprised some by re-signing a reasonable one-year deal with Los Angeles for the 2013 season. The good news is that he nearly matched his 2011-12 season point total in far fewer games; the bad news is that he didn't have the same postseason impact. The market might just dictate whether the big forward will be back.
Report: Leafs listen to offers for 'anyone' 06-23-2013
Dion Phaneuf D TOR
Rumors swirl that the Toronto Maple Leafs are open-minded about trading just about anyone on their roster, including captain Dion Phaneuf.

Bob McKenzie on Twitter
GM Dave Nonis said he hasn't heard an offer for Phaneuf specifically, however. The team has some immediate questions to answer contract-wise this summer and only have Phaneuf and Phil Kessel locked up through 2013-14, so this could just be the beginning of an interesting transformation in Toronto.
Bernier trade cost Leafs an additional $500K 06-23-2013
Jonathan Bernier G TOR
Reports indicate that the Toronto Maple Leafs accepted about $500K from the Los Angeles Kings to make the Jonathan Bernier trade work.

Bob McKenzie on Twitter
This is all a hefty price for a goalie who is a restricted free agent. It appears that contract talks have already begun between the two sides. Regardless, the Kings handled this deftly, as Bernier helped them make the playoffs while Jonathan Quick was struggling during parts of 2013.
Patrice Bergeron has 'body' injury 06-23-2013
Patrice Bergeron C BOS
The Boston Bruins appear to be cribbing from the Vancouver Canucks' injury notes, as Patrice Bergeron's issue is labeled a "body" one, much like Vancouver said with Cory Schneider.

Nick Cotsonika on Twitter
It's unclear when, exactly, the all-world two-way forward was injured. Some believe it was in the first or second period of Game 5 while others think it stemmed from an earlier incident. Either way, his status for Monday remains murky.
No fine or suspension for Johnny Boychuk 06-23-2013
John Boychuk D BOS
The NHL has decided not to fine or suspend Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk for the check that may have injured Chicago Blackhawks star Jonathan Toews.

Darren Dreger on Twitter
Boychuk didn't receive a penalty on the play and Joel Quenneville didn't really raise many concerns after the game, stating that he wasn't sure that was even the only thing that lead to Toews' issues. Boychuk insisted he connected with his body first.
James Reimer faces threat in Jonathan Bernier 06-23-2013
James Reimer G TOR
It's anyone's guess if James Reimer is still the Toronto Maple Leafs' No. 1 goalie after the team acquired Jonathan Bernier in a big trade. On paper, Reimer's actually been the more productive goalie, with more career GP (104 to 62), more wins (53 to 29) and a better save percentage (.915 to .912). Still, many will hold the Game 7 collapse against Reimer and note Bernier's first-round hype. Keep an eye on the training camp update and consider platooning the two if you expect a big season for the Buds.
Matt Frattin joins Kings forward fold 06-23-2013
Matt Frattin RW TOR
Matt Frattin joined Ben Scrivens and a second-round pick (2014 or 2015) in a trade package to Los Angeles in exchange for Jonathan Bernier.

NHL.com
At first blush, Frattin looks like he has a big mountain to climb to earn time with the Kings. Still, with a handful of notable free agents at forward, Frattin's chances might not be so bad (though he might want to try his luck as a left-winger instead). The 25-year-old scored 13 points in 25 regular season before collecting two assists in six playoff games with Toronto in 2013.
Ben Scrivens heads to Los Angeles via trade 06-23-2013
Ben Scrivens G EDM
Ben Scrivens was one of the centerpieces of the trade that sent Jonathan Bernier's negotiating rights to the Toronto Maple Leafs, joining Matt Frattin and a second-round draft pick from 2014 or 2015.

NHL.com
Scrivens, 26, has one year left on a contract that carries a $612,500 salary cap hit. He's quietly put up some pretty nice numbers in the NHL (32 GP: 11-14-2 with a .910 save percentage and 2.86 GAA) and dominated at the AHL level, so he could very well serve as a capable backup for Jonathan Quick. He'll also pose less of a threat than "the other Jonathan," which could be a mild consideration, as well.
Toronto trades for Jonathan Bernier's rights 06-23-2013
Jonathan Bernier G TOR
The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired Jonathan Bernier's negotiating rights in a splashy trade with the Los Angeles Kings for backup Ben Scrivens, forward Matt Frattin and a second-rounder in 2014 or 2015.

NHL.com
The Buds went through a season with the relatively unheralded duo of Scrivens and James Reimer, but now they have a netminder with plenty of hype in the 11th pick of the 2006 NHL Draft. They still need to sign the 24-year-old restricted free agent to a contract. Bernier stole some starts from Jonathan Quick in 2013, going 9-3-1 with a .922 save percentage and 1.88 GAA in 14 games played, representing his best "full" season of work.
Patrice Bergeron making progress already 06-23-2013
Patrice Bergeron C BOS
Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron will travel to Boston with his teammates Sunday.

BobMcKenzie on Twitter
This is a step in the right direction, although we still don't know the nature or severity of his injury. If he had been held back in Chicago that certainly would have made his chances of suiting up for Game 6 very slim.
Rick Nash should thrive under Vigneault 06-23-2013
Rick Nash LW NYR
Rick Nash should be one of the happiest Rangers to see Alain Vigneault join the club.

New York Daily News
Vigneault is known as a coach who gets the most out of his star players, as evidenced by the success enjoyed by Daniel and Henrik Sedin during his tenure in Vancouver."I believe that your top skill players have to be given a little bit more latitude," Vigneault said at his introductory press conference in New York. "They have to understand the game. They have to understand the time in the game when you need to play maybe higher percentage, but they also have to be given that latitude to make something out of nothing. That's why those guys have the high-end skill, and you've got to give them that leeway." This should come as music to the ears of Nash, who has yet to play under an NHL coach who gave him such freedom.
Leafs consider Stephen Weiss vs. Tyler Bozak 06-23-2013
Stephen Weiss C DET
It is believed the Maple Leafs are looking at free agent center Stephen Weiss as a potential replacement for Tyler Bozak.

Toronto Star
Bozak is also an unrestricted free agent this summer and is rumored to be seeking $5.5 million per season, a price Toronto is unlikely to pay. The contract demands for Weiss are not known, but given his recent injury history he can probably be signed for significantly less money if the team is willing to take on the additional risk. Working in Weiss's favor is the fact he has been fairly productive when healthy, save for his most recent campaign in Florida.
David Krejci hopes to improves faceoffs 06-23-2013
David Krejci C BOS
With the possibility of Patrice Bergeron being out of the lineup, the other Bruins centers will be forced to step up their faceoff game.

Boston Herald
The Bruins were beaten 33-24 in the faceoff dot in Chicago's Game 5 victory and David Krejci in particular was a miserable 2-11 for the game. If Bergeron is unable to suit up the Bruins will count on Krejci more than usual, a task he says he's ready for. "You don't want to see one of your best players go down, especially at this time of the year. We definitely missed him, especially at the end of the game when we needed to score a goal. But you know what? It is what it is. I don't know how he feels right now. I don't know if he'll play. But we really need him. If not, we're going to fight, we're going to (do) everything we can to try and force a Game 7."
Carl Soderberg thrust into important role 06-23-2013
Carl Soderberg C BOS
Bruins forward Carl Soderberg was thrust into an important role during Game 5 against the Blackhawks due to the injury suffered by Patrice Bergeron.

Boston Herald
Soderberg was making his NHL postseason debut in the game as the team's fourth-line winger, but ultimately found himself as the second-line center due to Bergeron's ailment. All things considered, the Swedish transfer acquitted himself well, skating over 14 minutes while winning four of his nine faceoffs. Like all involved, Soderberg expressed hope that Bergeron will suit up for Game 6, saying "Hopefully I'm on the wing the next game, so Bergy is back."
Zdeno Chara struggling defensively of late 06-23-2013
Zdeno Chara D BOS
Bruins defensemen Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg have struggled defensively in the last two games against Chicago.

Boston Herald
The Bruins' top pairing has experienced all sorts of trouble trying to contain Chicago's newly-formed top trio of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Bryan Bickell and each of the blue liners sports a minus-5 rating of the team's last two games, both losses.
Boychuk hit on Toews to be reviewed by NHL 06-23-2013
John Boychuk D BOS
The hit delivered by Johnny Boychuk on Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews in Game 5 Saturday is likely to be reviewed by the NHL.

Pierre LeBrun on Twitter
The hit was somewhat controversial in that Toews appeared to suffer any injury on the play, but Boychuk was quoted after the game indicating he felt the play was clean. Due to its significance, the NHL's Department of Player Safety will take a hard look at the incident to determine whether Boychuk's deserves additional punishment of any kind.
Rumors swirling about Bergeron's injury 06-23-2013
Patrice Bergeron C BOS
While the nature of Patrice Bergeron's injury has not been revealed, there are a number of different rumors circulating.

Boston Herald
Many of those watching the game initially believed the injury to be to Bergeron's wrist, but once it was revealed that the Bruins center was being sent to hospital for observation, different theories made their way around the internet, including one suggesting the injury was to Bergeron's spleen. Coach Claude Julien remained mum on the matter after the game and gave no update on the condition of his best defensive forward. We will certainly pass along any piece of information that comes to light today.
Johnny Oduya does it with first period assist 06-23-2013
Johnny Oduya D CHI
Johnny Oduya drew an assist on Patrick Kane's first period goal.

NHL.com
Oduya has three goals and four assists in the playoffs and is tied for sixth in the NHL with a plus-10 rating. The Blackhawks are only one game away from winning the Stanley Cup and it will be the first time Oduya will have his name etched on the Cup if Chicago prevails.
Bryan Bickell continues outstanding playoffs 06-23-2013
Bryan Bickell LW CHI
Bryan Bickell continued having an outstanding playoff as he helped set up Patrick Kane's second goal Saturday.

NHL.com
Bickell now has eight goals and 16 points, good for a tie for fifth in the NHL in both categories in the post-season. He has shone on a line with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane and should he continue to play on the top line in 2013-14, he will certainly have a lot more points than the 23 he had this season. Bickell is slated to become an unrestricted free agent in the off-season and is certainly in line for a hefty raise over the $600,000 (before being pro-rated due to the shortened schedule) he earned this season.
Michael Frolik adds assist in Chicago win 06-23-2013
Michael Frolik RW WPG
Michael Frolik picked up an assist in the Blackhawks win Saturday.

NHL.com
Frolik has three goals and nine points in 22 playoff games, a lot better than the three goals and 10 points he picked up in 45 regular season games. While many thought that Frolik could be expendable after his less than stellar regular season, he has proven his worth to the Blackhawks in the playoffs.
Dave Bolland scores insurance goal in Game 5 06-23-2013
Dave Bolland C TOR
Dave Bolland's second goal of the playoffs was the insurance marker in the Blackhawks 3-1 win Saturday.

CSN Chicago
The Blackhawks are on the verge of winning the Stanley Cup as they are up 3-2 in the best-of-seven final. Bolland's empty net goal with 14 seconds to go clinched the game for Chicago. Bolland now has two goals and five points in 17 post-season games to go with 24 penalty minutes.
Andrew Shaw takes over for injured Toews 06-23-2013
Andrew Shaw C CHI
Andrew Shaw took over at center for the injured Jonathan Toews in the third period Saturday.

CSN Chicago
Toews suffered an upper body injury and while he stayed on the bench in the third period, he didn't see any ice time. The status of Toews is up in the air for Game 6 so Shaw could see first line time between Patrick Kane and Bryan Bickell if Toews is unable to go. Stay tuned.
Nick Leddy sees little ice time in Game 5 06-23-2013
Nick Leddy D CHI
Nick Leddy saw only 6:53 minutes of action in Game 5.

NHL.com
This is after seeing only 2:37 minutes in Game 4. Coach Joel Quenneville said after Game 4 that the lack of ice time had more to do with how the game was going than anything else and that Leddy would be used more in Game 5. While Leddy did see more ice time, he did not see any playing time again after being on the ice for the Bruins lone goal in the third period.
Brandon Bollig a healthy scratch Saturday 06-23-2013
Brandon Bollig LW CAL
Brandon Bollig was a healthy scratch on Saturday. Bollig played in the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final but has sat the last three games as Viktor Stalberg has retaken his spot in the Chicago lineup. Do not expect to see Bollig in for Game 6 unless injuries force the Blackhawks to need a bottom six forward.
Boyd Gordon eligible for free agency 06-23-2013
Boyd Gordon C EDM
Boyd Gordon is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 5.

Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette
The bottom-six forward is not much of a fantasy player in standard pools as he had four goals and 14 points in 48 games with eight penalty minutes but is very good at the face off dot finishing 15th in the NHL (250 or more draws) at 57.4 percent after finishing eighth in 2011-12. The Coyotes would like to re-sign him but with ownership still a problem, it remains to seen what will happen with the Coyotes.
Wild still interested in Jonathan Bernier 06-23-2013
Jonathan Bernier G TOR
The Minnesota Wild are still interested in goaltender Jonathan Bernier.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
The Wild have to decide whether or not Niklas Backstrom will re-sign with the team or whether they want him to re-sign. If Backstrom is not coming back, then the Wild would most certainly be interested in Bernier. Rumors are that the Wild would dangle Jason Zucker to acquire Bernier while defenseman Alec Martinez could also be Minnesota bound and goaltender Darcy Kuemper headed to Los Angeles to give the Kings a backup netminder. Stay tuned as the Wild have also been connected to Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury.
Expect Valtteri Filppula to become UFA 06-23-2013
Valtteri Filppula C TB
It appears that Valtteri Filppula will become an unrestricted free agent on July 5.

Detroit News
The Red Wings already have 14 forwards under contract and still want to sign Damien Brunner to a contract so Filppula is likely headed towards free agency. The Red Wings do not want to pay him $5 million annually but there is likely some NHL team that is looking for a top-two center. Filppula was outstanding offensively in 2011-12 with 23 goals and 66 points but struggled in 2013 with only nine goals and 17 points in 41 games. There are not a lot of centers available in free agency so Filppula could find himself with some suitors during free agent frenzy.
Jarmo Kekalainen readies for first draft 06-23-2013
Team Goalie SJ TG SJ
GM Jarmo Kekalainen is getting ready for his first draft with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Columbus Dispatch
Kekalainen has a reputation as being a guru in the draft as he helped the Senators with their draft before heading up the scouting for the St. Louis Blues from 2003-2010. The Blue Jackets have not had a lot of luck with their first round selections, especially considering they have been drafting relatively high considering they have made the playoffs only once in their history. "I have a very simple philosophy: You work hard and you rely on your instincts, which are shaped by your experiences," Kekalainen said. "You have to get to the core of the player, find out what motivates them, find out what they're about. I wish we could draft 20-year-olds (like the NFL and NBA), but that's not the way it works." The Blue Jackets have three first round picks in the 2013 Draft and since the draft is deep with talent, Kekalainsn's selections could go a long way in securing the future of the Blue Jackets.