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BHN Daily Links: Oskar Sundqvist Suspended, Nikita Zaitsev Requests Trade

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The Stanley Cup Final heads to St. Louis with the Blues and Bruins even at 1-1. With two days off in between Game 2 and 3 of the Stanley Cup Final there will be a lot of talk about the hit Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist delivered on Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk. More on that later. Let’s take a look at the NHL news that made headlines for Friday, May 31.

After a dominant Game 1, the Blues took advantage of a poor performance by the Bruins to even up the series at 1-1 thanks to Carl Gunnarsson’s overtime winner. Jimmy Murphy of BHN explains how the Bruins can bounce back, and it all starts with the top line. (Boston Hockey Now)

The NHL Department of Player Safety Suspended Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist one-game for his hit late in the first period of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup that knocked out Matt Grzelcyk was knocked out of the game. (Boston Hockey Now)

The Phil Kessel trade story continues to heat up, and our guy in Pittsburgh Dan Kingerski gives his top four destinations which fit Kessel the best. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

The Toronto Maple Leafs defensive corps will look a lot different next season. With Jake Gardiner set to become an unrestricted free-agent, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports defenseman Nikita Zaitsev has requested a trade out of Toronto. (TSN)

Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com sat down with New Jersey Devils General Manager Ray Shero to talk about the top prospects in the NHL Draft. Shero will not tip his hand on and say if the Devils will take Jack Hughes or Kaapo Kakko at number 1. (NHL.com)

There is news out fo the world of professional hockey as the NWHL released another statement in less than two weeks. The NHWL announced plans to nix their expansion plans but also will not stand in the way of others who want to make one true league for professional women’s hockey. (IceGarden)

Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager hopes the team can sign forward Mitch Marner prior to July 1 and not let negotiations drag on like with William Nylander. (CBCSports)

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Jim is a 2008 graduate of Saint Michaels College who is currently writing the NHL Notebooks, Behind Enemy Lines, and Daily Links segments for Murphys Hockey Law and Boston Hockey Now an affiliate of National Hockey Now. Jim has a passion for the game of hockey as one coach put it "he is the student of the game. When Jim is not writing he can be found at the local rinks playing or being a referee. Throughout his time in the game, Jim coaches a local high school team in New Jersey. In addition, he broadcasted several New Jersey Junior Rockets games for the Eastern Hockey League. Reach him on Twitter: @JimBiringer

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