Congrats to the Montreal Canadiens and to all of my friends up in Montreal that have been celebrating since late last night.
The Habs are returning to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1993, and hoping to become the first Canadian Stanley Cup champ since they did it on that date nearly 30 years ago. Certainly they’re a surprising group given the low seed, humble beginnings at the start of these playoffs, but they have a formidably built playoff roster considering the massive defensemen corps, the veteran fourth line and the emergence of some young star forwards to go along with Carey Price playing at the top of his game right now.
It’s just too bad that the Bruins couldn’t live up to their end of the bargain to give us all a “once in a lifetime” Bruins/Canadiens matchup in the Stanley Cup Final that simply isn’t possible most seasons due to the divisional alignments. Ah well.
So “Bonne Chance, Mes Amis” to all my friends in Montreal over the next few weeks. Here’s a little something to bring you good luck.
Now on to the BHN Puck Links:
*In our latest edition of “Staying or Going?” we ask whether spare defenseman Steven Kampfer is going to be back with the Boston Bruins. (Boston Hockey Now)
*Is TJ Oshie on his way out of Washington? It’s an interesting scenario given his ties to the Seattle area and his past history with new Kraken head coach at the University of North Dakota. But it’s doubtful the Capitals are going to leave Oshie unprotected unless they are really, really worried about their salary cap moving forward. (Washington Hockey Now)
*Mark Stone is taking the brunt of the criticism in the wake of the Golden Knights falling to the Canadiens in the semifinals, and it’s warranted given his no-show performance. It looked like he simply ran out of gas. (Vegas Hockey Now)
*This story about the Chicago Blackhawks organization ignoring sexual assault accusations involving one of their employees is explosive stuff. (The Athletic)
*Show your love or share your story on NHL Pride Day. Hockey is For Everyone, now more than ever.
Why does Pride matter to you?
— NHL (@NHL) June 25, 2021
*This goal by Cole Caufield from last night’s Game 6 win was something else. The explosive speed and the finish at the net are off the charts.
*Down Goes Brown wants to know how well you know the NHL rulebook. My guess is not as well as you thought you did. (The Athletic)
*For something completely different: There are way too many rumors about Charlie Cox reprising his role as Daredevil for it to not to be true. That is awesome. (We Got This Covered)