The season may be over and the champagne bottles are being cleaned up but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything going on around the league. Here are your NHL Morning Links.
To the surprise of no one who’s followed the game, Mikka Kiprusoff is calling it a career according to the Finnish National Team:
According a report from Finnish news agency STT-Lehtikuva tweeted Tuesday by Vancouver-based NHL hockey writer Juha Hiitela, the 36-year-old has told the Finnish national team he’s done with his NHL playing career.
“Kiprusoff has told to Finnish national team that he is retiring,” read the tweet. “If Calgary has not announced it, you guys can do that. #Flames #Kipper”
The Finnish national team also named its candidates for the 2014 men’s hockey team for the Sochi Olympics on Tuesday and Kiprusoff is not on the list.
Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson will make a decision on retirement before this weekend’s draft:
The 40-year-old Sens captain has returned to Sweden with his family, but met with Murray prior to leaving and said he would likely give him an answer by draft day.
An unrestricted free agent, Alfredsson has been contemplating retirement or returning for another season.
“I have a feeling he wants to play,” said Murray. “That was certainly something he wanted to look at again further and whether that will be the final answer or not I don’t know at this point.”
Patrice Bergeron was a one-man MASH unit in Game 6:
Following Monday night’s Stanley Cup finals loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron told reporters that he had been playing with a broken rib and torn rib cartilage, as well as a separated shoulder suffered during Monday’s Game 6.
Bergeron didn’t specify how long he has been playing with the broken rib and torn cartilage, but he said he continued to play after the shoulder injury Monday.
And despite the fact that they have been eliminated in swift fashion the last couple of years and have obvious goaltending issues, the Penguins are your early favorites to win the 2014 Stanley Cup:
Biggest Offseason Need: The Penguins’ season came to a crashing halt in a shocking four-game sweep by the Boston Bruins, but that doesn’t mean general manager Ray Shero doesn’t have a powerful team on his hands. The Penguins were the best offensive team in the league, but they had problems on defense.
Those problems didn’t hurt them until the playoffs, but they must be addressed. Before the Bruins exposed Pittsburgh, the Islanders threatened them badly. Marc-Andre Fleury had had two straight poor postseasons and can no longer be trusted. Tomas Vokoun is a solid backup, but he is not a starter. Shero needs to acquire a legitimate starter in net.
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