Bettman talks salary cap; Quenneville’s lineup changes; Boyle has more to prove (Puck Headlines)


• If Mike Babcock is looking for a place of worship, here’s one sympathetic to his upcoming plight. [SimonDingleyCBC]

• The NHL salary cap is looking like it will be set at around $71-million next season. [AP]

• “The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled against [financial] manager — Joseph Zada — concluding he has to pay $112 million for selling fake investments in Saudi Arabian oil to dozens of unsuspecting victims — including [Sergei] Fedorov, a horse trainer, a plastic surgeon and several firefighters.” [Detroit Free Press]

• A day after losing Game 3, Joel Quenneville’s lineup changes are being put under a microscope, natch. [NBC Chicago]

• Kenny Albert is the broadcasting equivalent of the NHL’s Iron Man. One example: after calling the 3OT game in Anaheim, he jumped on a plane to Tampa Bay in order to do radio play-by-play for the Rangers the next day. [New York Times]

• The influence and ripples from the Martin St. Louis/Ryan Callahan trade for the Tampa Bay Lightning. [Raw Charge]

• “The reality of the situation is simple: These New York Rangers are very good at making life difficult for themselves. There’s another part too: These New York Rangers are also very good at feeling their backs against the wall and coming together to overcome even the most difficult mountains of adversity.” [Blueshirt Banter]

• Three years ago, Alex Killorn walked in the commencement ceremony at Harvard. Now he’s playing a key role for the Lightning in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Not bad. [Tampa Bay Observer]

• Rangers D-man Dan Boyle still has more he wants to prove – and win. [ESPN]

• Hero of Game 3, Anaheim’s Simon Despres, is surprising everyone, including himself. [OC Register]

• The St. Louis Blues are playing coy on discussing the status of head coach (for now) Ken Hitchcock. [Belleville News-Democrat]

• Saginaw Spirit GM James Paliafito hired by Toronto Maple Leafs as Director of Player Evaluation. Fancy title. [Buzzing the Net]

• Happy news for the Red Wings: 2014 top draft pick Dylan Larkin has signed a three-year ELC and will join the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL) for their Calder Cup playoff run. [Red Wings]

• Pros and cons of jumping from the Canadian Women’s Hockey League to the paid National Women’s Hockey League. [Today’s Slapshot]

• How Corey Crawford used visual clues to find the puck in Game 2. [In Goal Magazine]

• Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher are even more special than you think. [EOTP]

• Back in April, Syracuse Crunch intern and goalie, Jennifer Greene, practiced with the club she usually does PR for. She’s the first female to practice with the club. [The Pink Puck]

• An inside look at the Ducks’ logo change from 2007, their Stanley Cup year. [Sporting News]

• Fantasy hockey alert: looking at forwards that might fly under the radar in leagues with salary cap. [Dobber]

• A graphical presentation of fancy stats: why possession and zone entries matter. [Hockey Graphs]

• More fancy stats: “Shot quality and possession metrics have always been somewhat a point of contention. Expected Goals (ExpG) helps to combine these two facets in hopes of providing better information about the game.” [Don’t Tell Me About Heart]

• Best headline of the day: “85% is a unicorn – on predictions in the National Hockey League postseason.” [Stats by Lopez]

• Finally, the Wysh List. Why Mike Babcock choosing the Maple Leafs blew our minds…