Another Monday, another set of Links, News & Notes to keep you up to date on what’s going on around the league.
- Over at Sportsnet, Emily Sadler virtually penned a fantastic piece on how the Tampa Bay Lightning were built. She runs us through who left, who returned and what additions were made in order to bring this team back to the Stanley Cup Finals, looking to become the first team since 2009 to win back-to-back titles.
- Boston Bruins star David Pastrnak announced this morning that he and his girlfriend, Rebecca Rohlsson, lost their newborn son Viggo after he was born just last week. An absolutely heartbreaking experience for Viggo’s parents, let’s keep them in our thoughts as they navigate this unexpected new life.
- Luke Fox put together 73 fun and fascinating stats from the 2021 Stanley Cup semifinals. One of the more interesting stats revealed for me is that this is the first time in 29 years that every member of the NHL’s final four beat a higher seed to make it to the semifinals. Just another example of how wild these playoffs have been.
- Speaking of the playoffs, I loved Mike Johnston’s piece on what the world looked like the last time Montreal won the cup in 1993. ]
- The Montreal Canadiens will be without forward Joel Armia to kick off the Stanley Cup Finals as he’s entered the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol. Armia has been a solid contributor to Montreal’s fourth line, compiling 8 points in 17 playoff games thus far.
- In hockey adjacent news, the city of Toronto hosted a vaccine day at Scotiabank Arena yesterday, breaking the world record for most doses in a day at a single by administering over 25,000 shots in our fight against COVID-19.
- Following his extension with the club, the Sens connected with Troy Mann to learn more about why he returned to the team and what he’s looking to accomplish next season with the BSens.
- Murray Pam put together a list of which centres the Senators may or may not be looking at as we head into the offseason, knowing the team is likely to put a serious effort toward adding a player to this position. Names like Nazem Kadri and Sean Monahan come up, which we’ve heard before, but Pam also looks at opportunities for Ottawa to add a player like Vincent Trochek or Tomas Hertl, for the right price.