Top Line: Stanley Cup margaritas; team buyout options; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Luke Fox goes team-by-team to break down their compliance buyout options. And it looks like one buyout is already in the books.
• Now that the Stanley Cup has been won, the order of selection has been finalized for the 2014 NHL Draft. When does your team head to the podium?
• The Kings players have a few days to revel in their championship. The team's management? The brass has already gone back to work to try to give L.A. a chance to repeat in 2015. GM Dean Lombardi is facing his first off-season crisis: weighing the decision on whether to let one key player become a free agent.
• Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti broke two rules at the rally to celebrate the Kings' Stanley Cup victory on Monday. One in particular did not go over very well.
• Here's the mayor of New York paying off his Stanley Cup bet (horribly). It's tough to watch:
• In the finals, the Rangers faced the possibility of raising the Cup without a captain. That shouldn't be a problem next season.
• Sharks GM Doug Wilson is calling for a rebuild in San Jose, which is a big deal because he's never used that word before.
• The search for a new coach has begun in earnest in Pittsburgh, but indications are that it won't end soon.
• What was behind Bryan Murray's decision to acknowledge Jason Spezza's trade request? The Senators' GM knew he'd have to create an auction atmosphere to maximize the return on his franchise center.
• The Blackhawks have told one pending free agent that he won't be back next season.
• Randy Sportak lays out the challenges that lie ahead for new Flames GM Brad Treliving, and speculates that a draft surprise may be in order.
• Matt Larkin gets caught up in all the soccer hype and wonders what a 32-team World Cup of Hockey might look like. Turns out, pretty ugly.
• The Panthers still don't have a coach ... but they will soon.
• Defenseman Andrei Markov is said to be seeking a three-year, $18 million deal from the Canadiens. That might be a bit more than Montreal is willing to invest in an injury-prone 36-year-old defender.
• A CBC study on the number of cardiac arrest deaths in minor hockey in Canada will stun you.
• Want to help crowdfund a hockey documentary? Here's the pitch: