89 minutes | May 26th 2018

THN S2 Ep38: Viva Las Vegas! NHL Playoffs Conference Final, Games 4-6

THN Season 2, Episode 38 (Episode 83) Show Notes 5/17-5/23   Music by Bensound at http://www.bensound.com Rangers highlights courtesy of MSG Network.  Bruins highlights courtesy of NESN.  Hurricanes highlights courtesy of Fox Sports Carolinas.  Other highlights and clips courtesy of NBC, NBC Sports Network, CBC, Sportsnet, and the National Hockey League.   Opening Tease: Playoffs!!! And then there were 3! More Coaching and GM News Reminder: Changes Upcoming to the podcast   Break: Where we are: We are now on The Hockey Writers Podcast Channel! thehockeywriters.com @TheHockeyWriter #THW Itunes Stitcher Soundcloud iHeartRadio TuneIn Google Play Music fm Spreaker? Android/Apple apps RSS: http://thehockeynuts.libsyn.com/rss Our Web Site: http://www.thehockeynuts.com   How to get in touch with us: Twitter: Wayne: @waynehallee9 Steve: @sball504man Email: feedback@thehockeynuts.com Voicemail: 919-960-1718 Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thehockeynuts/ Youtube Channel: http://www.thehockeynuts.com/youtube (Don’t forget to like and subscribe!) Live streaming!!! We stream the recording of our show on Youtube, but you can also get occasional streams on Facebook.  Youtube: https://www.thehockeynuts.com/youtube Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thehockeynuts/ Referral/Affiliate Links: Our preferred mobile carrier: Ting:  https://z31ad62n9r3.ting.com/ (Get $25 off your first purchase, and reward us at the same time!) Our preferred event ticket source: Seatgeek:  https://seatgeek.com/?aid12537  (reward us when you buy your next event tickets!)     PLAYOFFS: Schedule:  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-playoffs-round-1-schedule/c-280159064 Roster Resource:  https://www.rosterresource.com/nhl-depth-charts/ ROUND 1 https://www.nhl.com/stanley-cup-playoffs/2018/lightning-vs-devils-series-a https://www.nhl.com/stanley-cup-playoffs/2018/bruins-vs-maple-leafs-series-b https://www.nhl.com/stanley-cup-playoffs/2018/capitals-vs-blue-jackets-series-c https://www.nhl.com/stanley-cup-playoffs/2018/penguins-vs-flyers-series-d https://www.nhl.com/stanley-cup-playoffs/2018/predators-vs-avalanche-series-e https://www.nhl.com/stanley-cup-playoffs/2018/jets-vs-wild-series-f https://www.nhl.com/stanley-cup-playoffs/2018/golden-knights-vs-kings-series-g https://www.nhl.com/stanley-cup-playoffs/2018/ducks-vs-sharks-series-h   ROUND 2 https://www.nhl.com/stanley-cup-playoffs/2018/lightning-vs-bruins-series-i https://www.nhl.com/stanley-cup-playoffs/2018/capitals-vs-penguins-series-j https://www.nhl.com/stanley-cup-playoffs/2018/predators-vs-jets-series-k https://www.nhl.com/stanley-cup-playoffs/20 18/golden-knights-vs-sharks-series-l   ROUND 3 https://www.nhl.com/stanley-cup-playoffs/2018/lightning-vs-capitals-series-m https://www.nhl.com/stanley-cup-playoffs/2018/jets-vs-golden-knights-series-n     FINAL NHL Standings: https://www.nhl.com/standings       NHL Transactions: Evander Kaneand the San Jose Sharks are closing in on a seven-year contract that could be finalized on Wednesday, The Associated Press reported.  The 26-year-old forward can become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his NHL career July 1.  Kane was acquired by the Sharks in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres for forward Danny O'Regan and conditional first- and fourth-round picks in the 2019 NHL Draft on Feb. 26. Under the terms of that trade, the Sabres would receive San Jose's first-round pick in the 2019 draft instead of a second-round selection if Kane re-signs with San Jose. The selection is lottery-protected and could be moved to 2020.  David Quinn is expected to be named coach of the New York Rangers, according to Sportsnet and the New York Post. Steve will have more on this as it is his pick of the week. ·        by Brian Compton:  Lou Lamoriello was hired as president of hockey operations of the New York Islanders on Tuesday. The list of items he'll need to address to bring them back to prominence is long and challenging.  Here are five things Lamoriello must try to accomplish before the Islanders open training camp in September:  1. Re-sign Tavares  2. Find No. 1 goaltender  3. Acquire top defenseman  4. Coaching staff  5. Upgrade bottom-six forwards  https://www.nhl.com/news/lou-lamoriello-faces-lengthy-to-do-list-as-new-president-of-new-york-islanders/c-298737480 Antti Niemisigned a one-year, $950,000 contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.  The 34-year-old goalie, who could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1, was 7-9-4 with a 3.12 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in 24 games (20 starts) with three teams this season.  Niemi went 7-5-4 with a 2.46 GAA, .929 save percentage and one shutout in 19 games (17 starts) with Montreal, filling in for injured starter Carey Price. The Canadiens claimed Niemi off waivers from the Florida Panthers on Nov. 14. He went 0-1-0 with a 5.08 GAA and .872 save percentage in two starts with Florida.  Paul Fenton was hired as general manager of the Minnesota Wild on Monday. Fenton replaces Chuck Fletcher, who was fired April 23. Fenton received a multiyear contract to oversee the Wild hockey operations department.  Fenton, 58, spent the past 20 seasons with the Nashville Predators, including the previous 12 as assistant GM, helping them qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 11 of the past 14 seasons and reach the Cup Final in 2017. He was part of the management group that drafted defensemen Roman Josi, Ryan Suterand Shea Weber, and goalie Pekka Rinne.  The St. Louis Blues home arena will be called Enterprise Center as part of a 15-year naming-rights agreement announced Monday. The name change takes effect July 1.  The building, which opened in 1994, has been called Scottrade Center since 2006. It previously was Kiel Center (1994-2000) and Savvis Center (2000-06).  College/Jr Signings: https://www.capfriendly.com/signings Other trades: https://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-nhl-trades/c-289968698 Other Transactions: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions  &  https://www.capfriendly.com/trades       Injuries: None On IR / Off IR: https://www.capfriendly.com/transactions                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
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