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Claude Julien says Chara not at 100 percent 06-24-2013
Zdeno Chara D BOS
Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Monday's Game 6 loss that Zdeno Chara was not 100 percent.

Fluto Shinzawa on Twitter
Julien wouldn't reveal Chara's issue, but this unknown ailment might help explain Chara's three straight sub-par efforts in Games 4-6. The hulking defenseman finished the Stanley Cup final with a minus-5 rating and was again culpable for a Chicago goal Monday night when he mistakenly pinched along the boards after a faceoff and took himself out of position. Chara remains arguably the NHL's best shutdown defender, but he definitely was not himself in Boston's three straight losses to close out the season.
Marian Hossa's leg was numb from back issue 06-24-2013
Marian Hossa RW CHI
Marian Hossa revealed after Monday's Game 6 win that a disc in his back was pushing up against a nerve and caused one of his legs to go numb.

Tracey Myers on Twitter
Hossa didn't take part in the team's morning skates or practices after missing Game 3 with what the team termed an upper-body injury. Hossa's absence and injury drew criticism from former Blackhawk Tony Amonte, but it's hard to blame Hossa for sitting out if he couldn't feel one of his legs. Either way, Hossa should be healthy entering next season, but it remains to be seen if he'll end up as a compliance buyout for Chicago.
Bryan Bickell suffered sprained knee vs. LAK 06-24-2013
Bryan Bickell LW CHI
Bryan Bickell revealed he suffered a Grade-II knee sprain during the Chicago Blackhawks' series against the Los Angeles Kings.

Stephen Whyno on Twitter
Bickell had eight goals and 13 points after the Western Conference finals but was shut out for the first three games against the Bruins. Bickell still came through with one goal and three assists in Chicago's three straight wins, including the game-tying goal in Monday's Cup-clinching Game 6 victory. It's safe the say the impending free agent earned himself a hefty raise with his postseason performance.
Bergeron has broken ribs, separated shoulder 06-24-2013
Patrice Bergeron C BOS
Patrice Bergeron played through broken ribs, torn cartilage and a separated shoulder in Monday night's Game 6.

Renaud Lavoie on Twitter
We knew Bergeron was playing with a separated shoulder, but it sounds like the broken ribs and torn cartilage are what sent the Boston centerman to the hospital during Game 5. There will be a lot of superlatives and flowery language tossed around regarding Bergeron's toughness, but it's pretty impressive he played through all of that, even it was just for one game. Bergeron still played in all 22 games this postseason, finishing with nine goals and 15 points.
Milan Lucic's third-period goal not enough 06-24-2013
Milan Lucic LW BOS
Milan Lucic scored what looked to be the game-winning goal roughly 12 minutes into the third period Monday night. Lucic settled a bouncing puck in front of the crease long enough to swat it over the shoulder of Corey Crawford. It was Lucic's second goal and third point in the last three games and for the next six minutes, it looked like the Bruins would hold on and force Game 7. Unfortunately for Lucic and the Bruins, the Blackhawks scored twice in the final 1:16 to stun Boston and win the Stanley Cup. Still, Lucic and his linemates, David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron, formed one of the postseason's best trios and each player definitely upped their fantasy stock entering next season.
Tuukka Rask stops 28 as Bruins come up short 06-24-2013
Tuukka Rask G BOS
Tuukka Rask allowed three goals on 31 shots as the Boston Bruins lost Game 6 and were officially eliminated by the Chicago Blackhawks. Rask allowed two goals in the final 1:16 of the third period, although it's hard to blame him on the game winner, which Dave Bolland knocked in after the puck caromed off the post behind Rask. This loss, and the Bruins' two straight before it, won't sit well with Rask or the Bruins this summer, but the Finnish netminder was brilliant for much of the postseason and deserves much more credit than blame.
Jonathan Toews scores, assists in Game 6 win 06-24-2013
Jonathan Toews C CHI
Jonathan Toews had a goal and an assist in the Chicago Blackhawks' Game 6 win Monday night. Toews played Monday despite missing the third period of Game 5 with an upper-body injury. The Hawks' captain hasn't had the strongest postseason points-wise, but received far more criticism than he probably deserved. Toews was excellent in his own zone against Boston and had two goals and five total points in Games 3-5, all of which Chicago won. Toews also got to collect his second Stanley Cup only two months after his 25th birthday, which is a pretty impressive feat.
Corey Crawford brilliant in Cup-clinching win 06-24-2013
Corey Crawford G CHI
Corey Crawford stopped 23 of 25 shots in the Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup-clinching Game 6 win Monday night. Crawford had possibly his best game of the entire postseason, turning away the Bruins time after time after time throughout the night. His only lapses came on a picture-perfect passing play by Boston's suddenly-potent third line and on a bouncing-puck goal from Milan Lucic 12 minutes into the third period. Crawford didn't win the Conn Smythe Trophy for postseason MVP, but there's no way the Blackhawks would've gotten anywhere close to the Cup final without him.
Patrick Kane wins 2013 Conn Smythe Trophy 06-24-2013
Patrick Kane RW CHI
Patrick Kane was awarded the 2013 Conn Smythe Trophy. Kane didn't score the Stanley Cup winner like he did four years ago, but the Buffalo native was huge in the Western Conference finals and all throughout the Cup final. Kane edged out teammate Corey Crawford for the award and is the third straight American-born Conn Smythe winner, which is awarded annually to the player deemed to have had the best overall postseason. Kane finished the playoffs with nine goals and 19 points in 22 games.
Blackhawks win Stanley Cup after 2-goal rally 06-24-2013
Dave Bolland C FLA
The Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup after Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland scored 15 seconds apart in the final 1:16 of the third period Monday night. Bickell tied the game less than seven minutes after Milan Lucic gave the Bruins a two-goal lead with less than eight minutes to go in the third period. Bolland followed 15 seconds later with a rebound goal after the puck caromed off the post and sat behind Tuukka Rask. Bolland spent much of the postseason playing hurt and was clearly limited, but he was able to deliver when Chicago needed him most. The Blackhawks have now won two Stanley Cup titles in the last four seasons.
Roy says Avs would pick MacKinnon right now 06-24-2013
Patrick Roy G COL
Patrick Roy says Nathan MacKinnon is atop the Colorado Avalanche's draft board right now.

ESPN.com
Roy said the team also has Jonathan Drouin and Alexander Barkov as their No. 2 and No. 3 prospects, respectively. Roy's comments come less than a week after VP of hockey ops Joe Sakic said the team was unlikely to draft defenseman Seth Jones with the No. 1 overall pick. Whether the Avs are posturing or actually considering passing on Jones remains to be seen, but it's clear Roy and Sakic have some sort of agenda here.
Andrew Shaw takes puck to face, leaves ice 06-24-2013
Andrew Shaw C CHI
Andrew Shaw left Game 6 after being hit in the face by a puck. Shawn Thornton was attempting to dump the puck into the offensive zone when it hit Shaw's stick and deflected up into and cut the Hawks winger's face. Shaw collapsed to the ice immediately and appeared to briefly lose consciousness. Shaw eventually left the ice with help and went directly to Chicago's locker room.
Jaromir Jagr leaves Game 6 during 1st period 06-24-2013
Jaromir Jagr RW NJ
Jaromir Jagr left Monday's Game 6 with an undisclosed injury. Jagr was run into by Dave Bolland early in the first period, The 41-year-old winger was seen doubled over on the bench and appeared to be bleeding from the nose. Jagr left for the locker room with about seven minutes left in the first period. More as we know it.
Patrice Bergeron will play in Game 6 vs. CHI 06-24-2013
Patrice Bergeron C BOS
Patrice Bergeron will play in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final Monday night.

Elliotte Friedman on Twitter
Bergeron didn't take part in Monday's morning skate, but coach Claude Julien said he was "confident" Bergeron would be in the lineup. Although the Bruins pride themselves on being a team that doesn't rely on singular players, they need whatever Bergeron can give them against Chicago if they want to avoid elimination.
Florida inks Bobby Butler to two-year deal 06-24-2013
Bobby Butler RW FLA
Florida has inked Bobby Butler to a two-year contract.

Panthers.nhl.com
Butler was acquired from Nashville for defenseman T.J. Brennan earlier this month. He had four goals and 11 points in 34 contests with the Predators and New Jersey Devils this past season.
Panthers re-up tough guy Eric Selleck 06-24-2013
Eric Selleck LW ARZ
Eric Selleck has agreed to a one-year extension with Florida.

Panthers.nhl.com
He racked up 181 minutes in the sin bin and registered 16 points in 60 matches with San Antonio of the AHL this past campaign. Selleck also had 17 PIMs and an assist in two outings with the Panthers.
Cameron Gaunce gets 1-year contract from Star 06-24-2013
Cameron Gaunce D DAL
Cameron Gaunce has received a one-year, two-way contract from Dallas.

Stars.nhl.com
Gaunce skated in 70 AHL games with Lake Erie and Texas this past campaign, where he had 16 points and 98 penalty minutes. He was acquired from Colorado for Tomas Vincour in April.
Stars sign Matt Fraser to 1-year deal 06-24-2013
Matt Fraser LW BOS
Matt Fraser has signed a one-year, two-way contract with Dallas.

Stars.nhl.com
Fraser shared time between Dallas and the team's AHL affiliate in Texas during 2013. He had one goal and two assists in 12 NHL games and 46 points in 62 contests in the minors.
Martin Havlat has surgery, out indefinitely 06-24-2013
Martin Havlat RW NJ
Martin Havlat's procedure earlier this month was a bilateral pelvic floor reconstruction.

San Jose Mercury News
"It's not an uncommon type of injury for hockey players," GM Doug Wilson said. "The severity, both sides, time will tell. That was the diagnosis, that was the procedure and there was not a timeline attached to the end of it." Havlat's injury makes him ineligible to be bought out, but Wilson said the Sharks didn't plan to use a compliance buyout on any players.
KHL president likes offer sent to Bobrovsky 06-24-2013
Sergei Bobrovsky G CLB
KHL president Alexander Medvedev likes the offer that SKA St. Petersburg has sent to Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky.

R-Sport.ru
"I've met Sergei and his agent. We held negotiations, an offer was made," said Medvedev, who is also a director of SKA. "Now the player has to make his decision. The choice is his. We think that this is an excellent offer for Sergei to continue his career, a return to his home league, to a strong team. I absolutely do not agree with those who think it would be a step backwards." Contract talks with Columbus aren't progressing, which makes the KHL a threat for his services. However, it isn't clear how interested he is in heading to Russia to play.
B. Richards hasn't been told about his future 06-24-2013
Brad Richards C CHI
Brad Richards doesn't know what his future holds with the Rangers.

New Yo
"I would love to be back but I haven't been told anything," Richards the New York Post told in an email Monday. "That's the truth." He may be bought out the Rangers following a difficult 2013 season in which he ended the playoffs as a healthy scratch. GM Glen Sather said he made his decision on the matter last Wednesday, but he has not revealed it yet. Sather and new coach Alain Vigneault are expected to meet before and after this Sunday's NHL Entry Draft to discuss team personnel.
Martin Havlat undergoes pelvic area surgery 06-24-2013
Martin Havlat RW NJ
Martin Havlat has undergone surgery on his pelvic area and there's no timetable in place for his recovery.

David Pollack on Twitter
This could throw a wrench into the off-season plans of the Sharks if they were planning to buy out the remaining two years of his six-year, $30 million deal. Since he is injured he cannot be bought out.
Niklas Backstrom's deal worth $10.25 million 06-24-2013
Niklas Backstrom G MIN
Updating a previous item, Niklas Backstrom's three-year deal with Minnesota is worth $10.25 million.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
He was reportedly seeking at least a three-year contract and the Wild wanted him make less $4 million, so both sides essentially got what they wanted. Backstrom proved to be a solid option in 2013 and he'll be counted on again to serve as Minnesota's starter again next season.
Ducks get minor-leaguer Alex Grant from Pens 06-24-2013
Alex Grant D OTT
Alex Grant has been shipped from Pittsburgh to Anaheim for forward Harry Zolnierczyk.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Grant is yet to play in an NHL game in his career and he has spent the past four seasons playing with minor-league teams in the AHL and ECHL. He had 20 points and 73 penalty minutes in 46 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this past year.
Penguins acquire Harry Zolnierczyk from Ducks 06-24-2013
Harry Zolnierczyk LW NYI
The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired Harry Zolnierczyk from Anaheim in exchange for minor-league defenseman Alex Grant.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Ducks obtained Zolnierczyk from Philadelphia for tough guy Jay Rosehill in April, but he played in just nine games with their AHL affiliate. In 44 career NHL contests with Pittsburgh's arch rival, Zolnierczyk notched seven points and 71 penalty minutes. He should be a depth player with the Penguins.
Chris Tanev brings in agent for contract talk 06-24-2013
Chris Tanev D VAN
Chris Tanev has hired Vancouver-based agent Ross Gurney to help him negotiate a contract with the Vancouver Canucks.

Vancouver Province
Tanev and his father, Mike, began contract talks with the Canucks in mid-May, but they have decided to go with someone with more expertise at this stage of the process. He will become an restricted free agent in July.
Wild re-sign Niklas Backstrom to 3-year deal 06-24-2013
Niklas Backstrom G MIN
Minnesota has re-signed goaltender Niklas Backstrom with a three-year contract.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
His new deal is reportedly worth less than $4 million annually. Backstrom posted a 24-15-3 record with a 2.48 goals-against average, a .909 save percentage and two shutouts during the lockout-shortened season. He would've been eligible for unrestricted free agency on July 5.
Caps not looking to trade Michal Neuvirth 06-24-2013
Michal Neuvirth G BUF
Washington GM George McPhee said he doesn't have any plans to trade Michal Neuvirth.

Katie Carrera on Twitter
Of course that doesn't mean that a trade won't happen. Philipp Grubauer would end up as the team's backup to Braden Holtby if Neuvirth was moved. The Capitals signed Neuvirth to a two-year extension in April.
Report: Backstrom, Wild close to new deal 06-24-2013
Niklas Backstrom G MIN
Niklas Backstrom appears to be close to re-signing with the Minnesota Wild.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
Assistant GM Brent Flahr told Michael Russo on KFAN this morning that talks have been going well between the two sides and a deal could be reached soon. Russo believes something could be already in place, so stay tuned for more information or possibly a confirmation on a new contract.
Marian Hossa skips skate, will play Monday 06-24-2013
Marian Hossa RW CHI
Marian Hossa didn't take part in Monday's morning session, but he's expected to play in Game 6.

Chicago Tribune
Hossa hasn't been a regular at Chicago's practices lately and he missed Game 3 with an undisclosed injury, so his absence shouldn't come as a surprise.
Jonathan Toews feels 'great' going into Gm 6 06-24-2013
Jonathan Toews C CHI
Jonathan Toews said that he's ready to go in Game 6 after sitting out the third period of Saturday's contest.

Chicago Tribune
"I feel great," Toews said. "That was just I think the coaches being cautious and not letting me get back on the ice in the third period the other night. We got to the point where I feel ready to go again. The way I felt out there (Monday), I'd say it was the best morning skate I've had all series. I feel great. I'm excited. There's no question about where I am physically." The Hawks captain has accounted for a goal and two assists in his past two games since being reunited with Patrick Kane and Bryan Bickell.
Patrice Bergeron is likely to play in Game 6 06-24-2013
Patrice Bergeron C BOS
It's starting to sound more likely that Patrice Bergeron will play in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Arpon Basu on Twitter
Coach Claude Julien told French reporters "Patrice va jouer ce soir. C'est mon feeling," which translates to "Patrice will play tonight. That's my feeling." Julien wasn't as definitive when he did his interviews in English, but he did say that he was "confident" that Bergeron would play Monday. We expect him to be in the lineup.
Jay Pandolfo may play in Game 6 06-24-2013
Jay Pandolfo LW BOS
Jay Pandolfo participated in Monday's morning skate on the fourth line with Rich Peverley and Shawn Thornton.

Boston Globe
If Patrice Bergeron cannot play in Game 6 then could make his first appearance of the 2013 postseason. Pandolfo hasn't dressed since April 6 and he'll be a healthy scratch again if Bergeron is able to suit up Monday night.
Carl Soderberg's position hinges on Bergeron 06-24-2013
Carl Soderberg C BOS
Carl Soderberg skated between Jaromir Jagr and Brad Marchand during Monday's morning skate.

Boston Globe
If Patrice Bergeron isn't able to play in Game 6 then it's likely Soderberg will start Monday night's contest on Boston's second line. If Bergeron does play, and coach Claude Julien is "confident" that he will, then Soderberg will probably drop down to the fourth line as a winger.
Jonathan Toews confirms he's playing Monday 06-24-2013
Jonathan Toews C CHI
Jonathan Toews has confirmed that he'll be in the lineup for Game 6 Monday night.

NHL.com
He informed reporters of the news after Chicago's morning skate. Toews took part in the session on his regular line between Patrick Kane and Bryan Bickell. He didn't play in the third period of Game 5 because of an upper-body injury. The Hawks can capture the Stanley Cup with a win Monday night.
Julien 'confident' that Bergeron will play 06-24-2013
Patrice Bergeron C BOS
Boston coach Claude Julien is feeling "confident" that Patrice Bergeron will be able to suit up in Game 6 against Chicago Monday night.

NHL.com
Julien said that Bergeron, who didn't take part in the team's morning skate, will participate in the pregame warmup. The Bruins center left Game 5 due to an undisclosed injury and was taken to a hospital for observation.
Leafs set to buy out Mike Komisarek 06-24-2013
Mike Komisarek D NJ
According to TSN's Darren Dreger, Toronto is expected to buy out the remainder of Mike Komisarek's contract.

TSN.ca
The move wouldn't be the least bit surprising after Komisarek dressed in just four games with the Maple Leafs in 2013 prior to being sent down to the minors. He has one year left on his five-year, $22.5 million contract, which carries a cap hit of $4.5 million.
James Reimer admits to feeling 'doubted' 06-24-2013
James Reimer G TOR
James Reimer was puzzled by Toronto's decision to acquire another young goalie in Jonathan Bernier, but he's more than willing to prove his worth and try to keep his starting job.

Toronto Sun
"I was a little surprised when I heard about the deal," Reimer said. "There had been talk about bringing in a veteran. But to bring in someone of a similar age, well, obviously they have their reasons." Reimer added that he felt "a bit doubted as a goalie," but he said "you just have to focus on what you can control and believe in yourself." Perhaps playing with a chip on his shoulder will help his development and allow him to play with greater consistency. Reimer and Bernier are expected to compete for starts in 2013-14.
Bernier, Reimer have competed before 06-24-2013
Jonathan Bernier G TOR
It's worth noting that Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer have competed for starts against each other before.

Toronto Sun
The two of them were members of Canada's 2011 world championship team in Slovakia, where you guessed it the GM at the time was Dave Nonis. Bernier eventually moved ahead of Reimer to play the final games of the tournament. Reimer said the two of them didn't get to know each other well, but they'll have time for that now.
Leafs pull out of Roberto Luongo trade front 06-24-2013
Roberto Luongo G FLA
Toronto's acquisition of Jonathan Bernier Sunday will put an end to talks of Roberto Luongo becoming a Maple Leaf.

Toronto Star
The Leafs and Canucks spoke about Luongo several times, but they were unable to reach a deal at the trade deadline. It appears as though Toronto GM Dave Nonis switched his focus to Bernier several months ago. Now Bernier will compete with James Reimer for starts and the Canucks will seek another possible trade partner for Luongo.
Report: Matt Read was offered to Los Angeles 06-24-2013
Matt Read RW PHI
Matt Read was reportedly offered by Philadelphia in trade talks with Los Angeles for goaltender Jonathan Bernier.

Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
Bernier ended up being dealt to Toronto on Sunday in exchange for forward Matt Frattin, goaltender Ben Scrivens and a second-round draft pick in 2014 or 2015. Read is eligible for unrestricted free agency after the 2013-14 campaign.
Alfredsson not among Swedish camp invitees 06-24-2013
Daniel Alfredsson RW DET
Daniel Alfredsson wasn't named on the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation's list of 35 players for their orientation camp for the Sochi Olympics.

Ottawa Sun
His omission has some wondering if he has told Swedish officials that he won't be back next season. However, the list is subject to change and he may have just been left off since he hasn't decided if he's going to continue playing yet.
Report: Habs will use buyout on T. Kaberle 06-24-2013
Tomas Kaberle D NJ
Tomas Kaberle has reportedly been told by the Montreal Canadiens that he will be bought out.

TSN.ca
Kaberle was expected to be let go by the Canadiens after he appeared in just 10 games during the lockout-shortened season. He has one year and $4.5 million left on his current contract.
Trading Ryan Miller may be tough for Sabres 06-24-2013
Ryan Miller G VAN
The Buffalo Sabres may be in tough to get fair value in any trade involving Ryan Miller.

Buffalo News
He owns an established resume, which includes a Vezina Trophy in 2009-10, but Jonathan Bernier of the Los Angeles Kings didn't get a great return, according to some pundits, when he was shipped to Toronto on Sunday. Bernier doesn't have Miller's experience, but he does have plenty of potential. "Goalies are really hard to move," Kings GM Dean Lombardi told the Los Angeles Times after the trade went down. "You're never going to get total value but you try to get the best you can." It will be interesting to see what the Sabres do this off-season with regard to Miller and the draft could be their first opportunity to test the waters for a possible deal.
Lines may shuffle if Bergeron can't play 06-24-2013
Carl Soderberg C BOS
Coach Claude Julien liked what he saw from Carl Soderberg during Game 5 when he ended up playing on the Bruins' second line, but he isn't ready to commit to giving him that kind of role again just yet.

Boston Herald
Boston is still waiting to know the status of Patrice Bergeron before deciding who fits where in their lineup for Game 6 Monday. "Whether (Soderberg plays in the same spot) or not will depend on Bergy," said Julien. "The other thing is, if it's not Bergy, I'm going to look for the right fit. Do I look for something else? I may have to juggle some players around. That will happen more (today) when we find out more about Bergy." Chris Kelly or Rich Peverley could be candidates to move up as well.
Marchand hopes Patrice Bergeron plays Monday 06-24-2013
Patrice Bergeron C BOS
The Bruins aren't saying much about the status of Patrice Bergeron, but linemate Brad Marchand is hoping that the two-way center will be available for Game 6 Monday night.

Boston Globe
"He's good. He came back with us and everything so hopefully he can play," Marchand said. "He looked really good today. He had a nice suit on, very dashing. Obviously, he's a big part of the team and hopefully he can play." He traveled with his teammates back from Chicago, but parted ways from them after their arrival. According to a report from Sportsnet in Canada Saturday, Bergeron was being checked out for a possible spleen injury.
Tuukka Rask's Czech League team wins title 06-24-2013
Tuukka Rask G BOS
Tuukka Rask's lockout team, HC Plzen, won the Czech Extraliga title.

Boston Globe
The league gives out medals for their champions and the Boston goalie said he is waiting for his to arrive. If the Bruins can rally from their 3-2 series deficit then he could be a part of two championship teams. "I'm waiting for mine," he said. "It would be nice to get two. Not too many guys can say that."
Nathan Horton hopes to help Bruins rally 06-24-2013
Nathan Horton RW CLB
Nathan Horton broke down the Stanley Cup Finals fairly simply after the Chicago Blackhawks took a 3-2 series lead.

Boston Globe
"It's two games," he said. "Throughout the years I'm sure there's been a million teams that have won two games straight. They're coming in, they need to win one and we need to win two and that's it." Horton wasn't part of the Bruins' 3-2 series deficit victory over the Vancouver Canucks in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals because he was injured in Game 3. He has seven goals and 19 points in 21 playoff contests going into Game 6, but he's been a bit quiet lately with two assists in his past seven matches.
Julien expects Chara to rebound on Monday 06-24-2013
Zdeno Chara D BOS
Boston coach Claude Julien is looking for Zdeno Chara to rebound defensively in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals Monday night.

Boston Globe
"It's pretty obvious that they're throwing the pucks in his corner and they want to get him to turn and tire him out," Julien said. "He's a well-trained athlete that can handle that, and you'll see that in the next game and hopefully the one after that." Chara has compiled a minus-5 rating and the Hawks have scored eight of their nine goals in the past two games of the Cup Final while he's been on the ice.
Mark Scheifele feels better prepared for NHL 06-24-2013
Mark Scheifele C WPG
Mark Scheifele is confident that he has what it takes to be a full-time NHL player.

Winnipeg Free Press
"At the beginning of this last year I thought I was ready but, obviously, it's a big jump to the NHL," Scheifele told the Winnipeg Free Press via the phone late last week. "I think I'm ready now and after a good summer of working out I'll be ready for training camp. Totally ready. All I'm doing right now is working out, resting and eating good food. This biggest thing for me right now is to gain more strength." He has skated in 11 games with Winnipeg in the past two seasons. He will be an important part of the team's future, especially at center where the Jets are particularly thin right now.
Kings still negotiating with Bud Holloway 06-24-2013
Bud Holloway C LA
The Los Angeles Kings are still negotiating with prospect Bud Holloway.

LAKings.com
"Yeah, we're still plugging away. . .It's like a lot of kids - he's a good prospect," GM Dean Lombardi said of Holloway who had 20 goals and 51 assists in 55 games with Skelleftea of the SEL last season. "I guess it's safe to say, him going over there, are the reports on him were all very good. He's played in the minors. But, until he gets on the NHL rink and you go through the ups and downs then you don't know for sure. But, it's fair to say that given what he did over in Europe, and again it's not an NHL playing field, that this is certainly a guy that is a good prospect. I think if he wants to be an NHL player, which I think certainly most of these kids do, particularly a Canadian kid like this, it makes a lot of sense. So, let's get over here and give it another shot. He's more mature. He's a better player. It's just a good prospect."
Wild interested in signing Niklas Backstrom 06-24-2013
Niklas Backstrom G MIN
The Minnesota Wild are still negotiating with Niklas Backstrom.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
The Wild were in the hunt for Jonathan Bernier, but he was dealt to Toronto on Sunday so negotiations continue with Backstrom who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 5.
GM Lombardi chased Frattin for two years 06-24-2013
Matt Frattin RW TOR
Los Angeles GM Dean Lombardi had been chasing Matt Frattin for a couple of years before acquiring him on Sunday.

Los Angeles Times
This seemed like the best time to try again for the power forward as Jonathan Bernier was eligible to become a restricted free agent on July 5. "The market can drop on you in a hurry. Goalies are hard to move," Lombardi said. "They're really hard to move. You're never going to get total value, but you try to get the best you can." Frattin had 13 points in 25 games last season but had seven goals in the first ten games of the season before suffering a knee injury that kept him out of action for half the season. Look for Frattin to be a top-nine forward with the Kings and score 20 goals.
Bernier wished he had better chance in LA 06-24-2013
Jonathan Bernier G TOR
Jonathan Bernier is happy to be a Toronto Maple Leaf but wished he had a better chance to prove himself with the Kings.

Los Angeles Times
Bernier was considered the Kings goalie of the future but when Jonathan Quick had an opportunity to play, he stole the job and never gave it back. "That was probably the one thing that I probably looked back, my time in L.A., I wish I had more opportunity to show what I could do," Bernier said. "But in a career, it's so short that you can't really look back. You've got to always move forward and right now it's time to show what I learned in three years, in my ups and downs. I'm sure that's going to help me out in a few years coming up." Bernier is a restricted free agent but is expected to start negotiating with the Maple Leafs this week.
Rumors have Leafs interested in Sam Gagner 06-24-2013
Sam Gagner C ARZ
Josh Rimer of nextsportstar.com is reporting that the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Edmonton Oilers are talking about a trade involving Sam Gagner.

Edmonton Journal
If the rumors are true then expect the Oilers to receive a defenseman back in exchange for the restricted free agent. Dion Phaneuf's name is being bandied about and this would serve the Oilers well as he is now a veteran defenseman who can play 25 minutes a game. The Canucks may also be interested in Gagner who had 14 goals and 38 points in 48 games last season as a 23-year-old. Stay tuned as Craig MacTavish is slated to meet with the media on Tuesday.
Blackhawks want to end it on Boston ice 06-24-2013
Patrick Kane RW CHI
The Chicago Blackhawks want to win the Stanley Cup on enemy ice Monday, just like in 2010.

CSN Chicago
The Blackhawks defeated the Philadelphia Flyers four games to two, winning Game 6 in Philadelphia. "You know, it's a similar feeling, especially having 
the series tied 2-2, taking Game 5 at home and coming on the road for Game 
6," Kane said. "But you've got to be careful. You saw a couple years ago when Boston was
 down 3-2 and they won at home (in Game 6) and then won Game 7 in Vancouver. We know this 
team is capable of coming back. For us, I know it's a big game, but you want to play it like it's any 
other game. Play the way we have all season, and try to pull one out here 
on the road."