The first major contract extension of the NHL offseason has been signed, and it was dished out in Montreal. Meanwhile, the Golden Knights have a stranglehold of their series against the Florida Panthers, and are now two games away from winning the Stanley Cup.
The Colorado Avalanche now have one more thing to add to their summer “to do” list, as Greg Cronin was hired by the Anaheim Ducks to run their bench.
All that and more in this Tuesday edition of Evan’s Daily.
Colorado Hockey Now
The Avalanche now have to go out and find a new head coach for their AHL squad, as Greg Cronin was hired by the Anaheim Ducks.
Draft profiles continue, with a profile and scouting report of Danish center Oscar Fisker Molgaard.
On Tuesday, look for another mailbag, with questions focusing on realistic expectations for Ben Meyers and Alex Newhook, as well as a peak at what a hypothetical trade for Alex DeBrincat would look like.
Around the NHL
Cole Caufield is now a very rich man, but not quite as rich as his center, Nick Suzuki. On Monday, the Canadiens gave him an 8-year, $62,800,000 contract. He will make $25,000 less than Suzuki on a yearly basis, so I guess they have their own version of the “Duchene Cap” that the Avalanche implemented many years ago. This is the first big extension of the summer in the NHL, but it won’t be the last.
Stanley Cup Final
Through two games, it doesn’t seem all that close. It certainly wasn’t close on Monday night. The Golden Knights took a commanding 2-0 series lead with a dominant 7-2 victory over the Florida Panthers.
It was a tough game for the Panthers, made even tougher by the loss of Radko Gudas.
Florida lost, and Jack Eichel came back, but this hit by Matthew Tkachuk was pretty great.
Tkachuk just laid out Eichel….clean or not? pic.twitter.com/Q45DF9ksLb
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) June 6, 2023
National Hockey Now
Pittsburgh: Good news for the Penguins, as Kyle Dubas will be allowed at the draft table come June.
Detroit: Former Red Wings defenseman Mike Commodore went off on the Blue Jackets for hiring Mike Babcock.
Los Angeles: The Kings are making some pretty big changes to their broadcast team.
Chicago: Connor Bedard is already endearing himself to Blackhawks fans.
New Jersey: Devils forward Jesper Boqvist says he’s going to “keep working his balls off.” Well said.
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