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  • The Press Box, May 30 2012

    Stanley Cup Finals

    Game on! The finals begin tonight in Jersey at 8:00 Eastern after a five day hiatus. Here are some thoughts on what to look for.
    Bryce Salvador has been very good for the Devils. The stay at home defender has 11 points in 18 games with a plus/minus of plus -10. Stephan Gionta has stood out this post season as well for the Devils.
    For the Kings, Dustin Penner has put his poor season behind him and been a force for the Kings.
    The Kings may be a little rusty after not having played for so long. If their long break interrupts their momentum it may be hard to get it back.
    One factor that may have a significant influence on the series is the Devils power play VS the Kings penalty kill. Both have been difference makers in the post season. Lets see what happens when the irresistible force meets the immovable object!
    Injury Updates
    Henrik Tallinder (blood clot), and Simon Gagne (Concussion) have both been on the long term injured reserve list and both are medically cleared to play. It is very difficult to step into a game situation after having been out for so long, let alone the finals. Even though they are cleared to play, we may not see them.
    I do not really care who wins this series, I just hope we see a game seven overtime!

    Signings
    The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed Leo Komarov to a one year deal

    Detroit Red Wings have signed prospect Teemu Pulkkinen to a three year entry level contract.

    Rumor
    The Edmonton Oilers are playing hard ball with Ryan Smyth over a new contract. Last off season Smyth requested a trade back to Alberta from Los Angeles. The dispute seems to be over the amount, rather than the term. Smyth is asking for $3 million and the Oilers are reluctant to give that much. If Smyth wants to finish his career in Edmonton, he may need to take the home town discount.

    Hawks unhappy with Kane
    The Hawks have had an intervention and spoke to Patrick Kane about his partying. There are plenty of stories and photos of Kane participating in drunken parties and activities. His drunken slurred speech during their Cup parade was memorable. The altercation with a Buffalo cab driver was ugly. It is issues like this that grow old with teams and General Managers and lead to trades.

    More Hawk News
    Johnny Oduya signed a new contract worth $3.375 per year for three years. That now gives Chicago five defenders earning $2.75or more. Aside from Oduya, of those five only Hjalmarsson does not have a no trade clause. With Nick Leddy in the final year of his entry level deal, perhaps it is time for a trade?

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