For fans of the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues, today feels like Christmas morning. The Stanley Cup will be at TD Garden tonight, and Stanley will be presented to a new champion. Will it be the St. Louis Blues for the first time in franchise history? What about the Boston Bruins, looking for their second title of the decade? The answer will reveal itself tonight at 8:00 pm. Before that, however, there is plenty to catch up on in the hockey world. That includes former friend Phil Kessel, who looks to be sticking around in Pittsburgh. Here’s what is making news on Wednesday, Jun 12.
The Edmonton Oilers continue to make noise this off-season. Earlier this week, the club made a major business announcement by naming Bob Nicholson the Chairman of the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club. His focus is now on the Hockey Operations side, and Ken Holland will answer to him. Replacing Holland on the business side? Former Senators and MLSE executive Tom Anselmi. (The Oilers Rig)
The Phil Kessel trade sweepstakes appear to be over just weeks after the Pittsburgh Penguins’ star was nearly dealt to the Minnesota Wild. After not waving his modified-NTC/NMC, talks between the sides died down. Now, Penguins GM Jim Rutherford expects Kessel to play in a Penguin uniform next season. (The Athletic)
Tempers are high in the lead up to Game 7. Blues GM Doug Armstrong, angry at a delay in the ice preparation before practice in Boston, had words with a staff member on TD Garden yesterday. (Sporting News)
In need of plans for tonight’s big game? The Bruins have you covered! The team announced yesterday that they will host a viewing party at Warrior Ice Arena, the club’s practice home. (Boston Hockey Now)
The Bruins are embracing the moment as the head into the first ever home Stanley Cup Final Game 7 in franchise history. BHN’s Jimmy Murphy was at practice yesterday and has all the details from the final Bruins’ practice of the season. (Boston Hockey Now)
Off the ice, the NHL/NHLPA Competition Committee met on Tuesday in Toronto and made recommendations. Included are expanded video review and regular season tiebreakers. (NHL.com)