The Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues both took the ice at Enterprise Center in St. Louis on Friday for their last skate prior to Saturday’s Game 3. For the most part, it was a normal day for both sides, but news leaked out slowly via Twitter that Patrice Bergeron missed the skate for Boston. Luckily for Bruin fans, Bergeron is expected to play later tonight. More on that later. Let’s take a look at the NHL news that made headlines for Saturday, June 1.
The Edmonton Oilers continue to make changes to their hockey staff. On Friday, the club announced that veteran assistant coach Trent Yawney and Manny Viveiros were relieved of their duties. Glen Gulutzan, according to reports, will stay on as an assistant while Jay Woodcroft will remain with AHL Bakersfield. (Oilersnation)
The Pittsburgh Penguins have a lot of business to handle this off-season. Outside of the big Phil Kessel trade discussions, the Penguins have a number of RFA’s that they need to deal with. What happens with Zach Aston-Reese, Marcus Pettersson and Teddy Blueger? That’s the big question. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
St. Louis will be, in the words of Patrice Bergeron, ‘electric’ later tonight. Luckily for Boston, they have plenty of experience dealing with situations like that. (Boston Hockey Now)
Evgeny Kuznetsov has made news for all the wrong reasons this spring. Washington’s star center was seen on video last week with cocaine in the shot. The NHL cleared Kuznetsov of any wrong doing, while both Kuznetsov and the Capitals released a statement on the matter. (Yahoo! Sports)
Hockey will be back in Salt Lake City next season. The Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings will meet at the Vivint Arena on September 21st. It marks the second straight season that the NHL will make its way to Utah. The league hosted a preseason game between these same two teams a season ago. (Desert News)
Most people had no problem with the NHL’s decision to suspend St. Louis’ Oskar Sundqvist one game for his hit on Matt Grzelcyk in Game 2. Marc-Edouard Vlasic is not most people. The veteran Sharks’ defender is upset with the league’s treatment of the St. Louis forward. (NBC Sports)