The last word on 2018-19 comes tonight with the annual NHL Awards in Las Vegas. Patrice Bergeron is nominated for the Selke Trophy, while Don Sweeney is nominated for the league’s GM of The Year Award. The turnaround after that to 2019-20 is quick, as 48 hours later the annual Entry Draft will commence in Vancouver. With the draft come the rumors, of which there are plenty. In fact, we saw another trade on Tuesday and got some news on veteran Joe Thornton. More on that in just a moment. Here are the top stories in hockey on Wednesday, June 19th.
Boston Bruins Chairman Jeremy Jacobs, along with CEO Charlie Jacobs and President Cam Neely, addressed the media Tuesday at TD Garden. Among the topics the elder Jacobs addressed was the league’s officiating in the playoffs. Jacobs told reporters “We can see some real changes” in regard to video review. (Boston Hockey Now)
Just six days after losing Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, the Bruins released their 2019 preseason schedule. The six-game slate starts on September 16th and runs through the 28th. The NHL’s regular season schedule will be released next Tuesday afternoon. (Boston Hockey Now)
It sounds like old friend Joe Thornton isn’t done yet. After a healthy and productive season, the veteran Sharks pivot is preparing to give it another shot in 2019-20. In fact, Thornton hinted that he isn’t just preparing to play one more season. He could be around for a little while longer. (The Mercury News)
Jason Zucker was almost traded from the Minnesota Wild to the Calgary Flames at the trade deadline. The deal fell apart late, and Zucker was forced to finish the season in Minnesota. He was traded earlier this off-season to Pittsburgh, but the deal fell apart when Phil Kessel refused to waive his no-trade clause. Zucker isn’t willing to talk about the rumors, however. (NHL.com)
The Philadelphia Flyers acquired their second veteran defender in less than a week on Tuesday. The club dealt a pair of draft picks to San Jose for Justin Braun. (Fear The Fin)