Cameron on firing; Anas goes Wild; BizNasty on Penguins, Rangers (Puck Headlines)


• Jonathan Toews’ status for Game 2 is unknown as it appears he may have been eaten by a dinosaur. [@SLSC]

• Former Ottawa Senators head coach Dave Cameron on his firing: “That was hurtful.” [Ottawa Citizen]

• The Minnesota Wild have signed Quinnipiac UFA and NCAA tournament standout, Sam Anas, to a two-year deal. [Hockey Wilderness]

• Following suit of other Pacific Division teams, the Arizona Coyotes are likely to move their AHL franchise out west. [Arizona Sports]

• Paul Bissonnette writing for USA Today – yes, you read that right – on the Rangers and Penguins series: “The argument over whether a team’s interest should take precedence over the perceived integrity of the sport is a fascinating debate. It’s complicated, layered and overflowing with passion.” [USA Today]

• “We’re going to have to go up way bigger,” [Blues head coach Ken] Hitchcock said. “We had (41) hits, we’re going to have to get it into the 70s.” Wow. [Chicago Tribune]

• More from Hitch on the return of “another good player” to the Chicago lineup. We have a feeling he’s not talking about Bickell. [Chicago Sun-Times]

• Interesting analysis of “who outplayed who” from Game 1 between the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues, offering both perspectives. [St. Louis Game Time]

• As the underdogs in the series, the Nashville Predators have a lot to keep in mind ahead of facing the Anaheim Ducks in Game 1. [Tennessean]

• Ryan Strome is using the playoffs as a refresher from his regular season sophomore slump. He had two point against Florida in Game 1. [Newsday]

• Jaromir Jagr has a plethora of points against the New York Islanders. Not so much in Game 1. [New York Times]

• Game 1 against the Tampa Bay Lightning was a rude awakening for rookie Dylan Larkin in his introduction to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. [M Live]

• From our buddy, Nick Cotsonika: Jonathan Drouin is making the most out of his second chance with the Lightning. [NHL]

• The Pittsburgh Penguins relied on the “longpuck” to beat the surprisingly stronger, puck possession wise, New York Rangers. [Pensblog]

• Islanders 2014 first round draft pick Michael Dal Colle will join the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in their run for the playoffs. [Buzzing the Net]

• As for the AHL affiliate of possible Las Vegas team, Reno, central California, southern Utah, and other locations have been floated by Bill Foley. [The Sin Bin]

• Great profile on Alex Ovechkin which includes his dinner with Wayne Gretzky; where The Great 8 acted as an ultra inquisitive student to The Great One. [SI]

• From Ken Campbell: “It might be a good idea for [Ottawa Senators owner] Eugene Melnyk to, you know, shut up a little bit.” [THN]

• According to researchers: despite all the coaching and strategy that goes into hockey, it ends up being the luckiest major sport in North America. [Toronto Sun

• What do the numbers say when it comes to the race for the Vezina Trophy? [In Goal Mag]

• Led by New York Islanders draft pick Song Andong, hockey continues to catch on in China with the national team eyeing a spot in the 2022 Olympics. [AFP via Yahoo]

• “Canadian university hockey is recognized as place for Canadian Hockey League graduates to prolong their playing careers and pick up a degree. More and more, however, the CIS is a developmental league that’s preparing players for pro hockey.” Check out the top five players who could make the jump to the NHL. [Yahoo’s Eh Game]

• Finally, the Florida Panthers and “The Year of the Rat” comes nearly full circle 20 years after it started.