Bishop out; why Sharks haven’t choked; Marner to Marlies? (Puck Headlines)



• “While previous iterations of San Jose’s hockey teams have tended to fade late in playoff series, if not outright choke, this version has shown a distinct ability to rise to the occasion when the temperature gets turned up.” [CSN Bay Area]

• Concentrating on playing defense first will with Game 6 for the St. Louis Blues. [The Hockey Writers]

• The Blues believe a rested Brian Elliott is a better Brian Elliott. [STL Today]

• Ben Bishop unlikely to play in Game 7 for the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Steven Stamkos’s status remains unchanged. [Tampa Bay Times]

• Three reasons why the Pittsburgh Penguins will win Game 7. [ESPN]

• Former official Kerry Fraser caught a missed power play opportunity for the Lightning when Matt Murray chucked his stick at the puck before Jonathan Drouin scored a goal that was eventually overturned. [TSN]

• Pavel Datsyuk’s agent says he’s received an offer to play in the KHL, but he’s going to take some time before deciding on what to do. [Detroit Free Press]

• Arizona Coyotes have hired Ari Segal as COO. Segal was a chief architect in bringing the San Diego Gulls back to town as the AHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks. [Coyotes]

• According to Toronto Maple Leafs Assistant GM Kyle Dubas, wunderkind prospect Mitch Marner could potentially join the Marlies at the end of the Memorial Cup run. [Toronto Sun]

• Should no teams be interested in the services of Max Talbot during free agency, he might try his hand at playing hockey in overseas. [NBC Sports]

• The Ottawa Senators continue to pilfer from the Swiss league. First they took two coaches and now they’ve signed Tom Pyatt to a one-year deal. [The Hockey News]

• Major front office shakeup at Monumental Sports & Entertainment – the Ted Leonsis led group that owns the Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards. [Washington Post]

• Claude Giroux and Shayne Gostisbehere of the Philadelphia Flyers could find themselves on the finalized World Cup of Hockey rosters when they’re released on Friday. []

• Relocating the Arizona Coyotes AHL affiliate to Tucson is the best move for the entire organization. [Five for Howling]

• Post Kevin Miller signing analysis: “For Don Sweeney’s Bruins, it’s the ugliest domino that falls first.” [Stanley Cup of Chowder]

• Seven factors for the Edmonton Oilers to consider when negotiating with Eric Gryba. [Edmonton Journal]

• ‘Stamkositis’ is real and the some in the New York Islanders fanbase have it. [Isles Beat]

• What it would cost the Montreal Canadiens to move up in the entry draft. [EOTP]

• New York Rangers and Team USA defenseman Brady Skjei is home from Worlds. He reflects on his experience in Russia and the season ahead for him. [Blueshirts United]

• Morgan Rielly was ‘jealous’ Mike Babcock spent more time with Auston Matthews at Worlds. [Sportsnet]

• Keeping defenseman Tara Watchorn and goaltender Genevieve Lacasse are crucial for the Boston Blades going into next season. [Today’s Slapshot]

• Why obsessed hockey fans are updating ‘NHL 2004’ every single year. [Digital Trends]

• Tragically Hip lead singer Gord Downie has inoperable brain cancer. He and the band’s influence in Canadian culture and hockey culture is widespread. [Leafs Nation]

• Finally, Hockey Night in Canada pays tribute to the Tragically Hip in their opening montage before Game 6 on Tuesday.