Alright, I allowed myself to be distracted by this morning's news about Matt Greene and thusly, your links are late. Sorry.
ICYMI: Leafs' Tim Leiweke didn't want Darryl Sutter in L.A. So thank you, Dean, for not listening to him and taking a risk by hiring Darryl Sutter anyway.
LA Kings Insider
Mama's Boys - After The Cup The latest from Deborah Lew and the mothers' reactions to their boys winning it all for the second time in three years.
All-Time Kings Great Rob Blake To Be Inducted Into The Hockey Hall Of Fame The Kings' Assistant GM Rob Blake is one of four players who will be inducted. And some time in the future (possibly as soon as this year with the new gold third jerseys), the Kings will also retire #4.
Here's a picture of Rob Blake getting the phone call.
Rob Blake getting the call from the Hockey Hall of Fame a little while ago.... http://t.co/nsYDUnosGN— LAKingsPR (@LAKingsPR) June 23, 2014
Also, here's a nifty video of the locker room celebration immediately following the Cup presentation on ice.
And finally, Drew Doughty is the best and I want him to stay forever.
Peace out LA on route back to ontario. Best time of our lives the party don't stop #boysrhurtin#londoround2#hungtits pic.twitter.com/FJeYRxNSkU— drew doughty (@dewyy8) June 23, 2014
In Other News
Hockey Hall of Fame 2014 inductees: Pat Burns finally gets in, as do 4 players Peter Forsberg, Dominik Hasek and the best American born player in NHL history Mike Modano are the other three player inductees.
On the Forecheck
Ranking NHL Teams: Game of Thrones Edition For all you GoT nerds out there, a couple staff writers at OTF got together and compared each team to a character from the show. I particularly liked the Tyrion Lannister comparison because, even though I don't watch the show, he's one of my favorite characters from what little I've seen.
Mic'd Up: Tyler Seguin I'm including this because I thought the video was cute. He's very nervous. Maybe Doughty should invite him to his charity softball game some time.
Defending Big D
Dallas Stars, USA Hockey Legend Mike Modano To Be Inducted Into Hockey Hall of Fame A good write up on one of the best forwards in Dallas franchise history and the best player in American hockey history. (That's a big thing for those of who are interested in growing the sport.)
Blue Jackets Trade RJ Umberger to Flyers for Scott Hartnell This is kind of a steal for the Blue Jackets and I'm super confused but whatever. I can't wait to see when Scott Hartnell becomes a King!
Blue Jackets GM explains why Scott Hartnell waived no-move clause for Columbus Apparently the Jackets' GM was able to sell Hartnell on the young, up and coming team in Columbus.
Your NHL Offseason Primer Sean McIndoe goes over the CBO window, who will be traded, who will likely be traded and free agents - both restricted and unrestricted.
NHL Awards Ceremony 2014: Date, Start Time, Candidates and Predictions In case you forgot, the NHL Awards will be tomorrow. Most of the awards were decided by the PHWA (Professional Hockey Writers Association), the majority of whose members live east of the Mississippi. The awards will be broadcast (and either tape delayed or re-broadcasted for the west coast) at 7 PM ET on the NHL Network and streamed on NBC Live Extra.
OK I think that's all and I will of course update as news comes in, if it does. Or I'll wait til tomorrow.
Stoll just congratulated Matt Greene on air for his new four-year deal. So I guess that indeed confirms his new contract. #Kings— Jason Gregor (@JasonGregor) June 23, 2014