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Gary Bettman came out and said that teams aren't going to be relocating at the end of the month, right before the Blackhawks took Game 1 with an explosive third period.

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Coyotes News

Bettman says Coyotes, Panthers safe from relocation; NHL expansion possible | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
"There were some rumors we were made aware of in the last few hours that a club was going to relocate by the end of June. That is not going to happen. The Panthers are not filing of bankruptcy. I don’t know where these stories come from, but they’re not true," he said.

Arizona Coyotes considering their options with third pick in 2015 NHL Draft - 2015 NHL Draft
The Arizona Coyotes don't expect Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel to be available when they pick No. 3 in the 2015 NHL Draft, so their options are open.

Coyotes’ Bolduc signs in KHL | ProHockeyTalk
Veteran has spent the last four years with the Arizona organization.

Tim Kennedy signs 1-year deal with KHL's HC Neftekhimik | theScore
Kennedy played in 162 games in his NHL career split between the Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers, San Jose Sharks, and Phoenix Coyotes.

Stanley Cup Playoffs

Blackhawks vs. Lightning Game 1: Chicago rallies for 2-1 win in series opener - Second City Hockey
Vermette is going from trade deadline bust to playoff hero.

Did Andrew Shaw bite Victor Hedman? | ProHockeyTalk
Its the playoffs so of course Shaw is involved in some controversy.

Striking turn: Blackhawks take late lead with two goals in 1:58 | ProHockeyTalk
Did Tampa Bay err in playing "prevent defense?"

‘Very good chance’ that van Riemsdyk plays in Stanley Cup Final | ProHockeyTalk
But he didn't play yesterday.

Chicago mayor rips Lightning for being ‘afraid’ to sell tickets to Blackhawks fans | ProHockeyTalk
Rahm Emanuel doesn’t care for Tampa Bay’s controversial ticket policy.

PHT’s Stanley Cup Final picks, once again featuring The Coin | ProHockeyTalk
Coin's been good this postseason. Real good. But will it coin up on the big stage?

How Marian Hossa is an ageless wonder for Chicago Blackhawks (Trending Topics) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Time catches up with everyone, it's true. And while Hossa isn't that big, nor is he all that fast at this point in his career, he and his coaches may just be crafty enough to outrun it for at least another year or three. Isn't that something?

Why don’t more Americans watch the Stanley Cup Final? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
The bad news is that they still are way too reliant on having that massive local audience carry the national rating. Which brings us back to our original question: Why don’t more American hockey fans watch the Final?

News From Around the Hockey World

Boston College Hockey: NHL Draft Projections - BC Interruption
We're in to June and the draft is just weeks away

Bettman isn’t thrilled with how this compensatory pick thing is going | ProHockeyTalk
But it isn't going anywhere until at least next year.

Report: Mario Lemieux, Ron Burkle pushing Penguins sale? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Are the Pittsburgh Penguins for sale? If so, that would initially appear to be a somewhat startling occurrence for a team that seems to have everything going for it, at least externally – from a fancy new building, to fan and city support.

Lemieux, Burkle exploring possible sale of Penguins - Article - TSN
Even if Lemieux and/or Burkle decide to sell, it's believed they have some interest in retaining some involvement or connection with the team.

Report: Jeff Blashill to be named as Red Wings Head Coach Next Week - Winging It In Motown
Are you surprised? While it's not confirmed, Ansar Khan of MLive has reported that the Detroit Red Wings will name Griffins head coach Jeff Blashill as the replacement for Mike Babcock.

NHL strikes down relocation rumor | ProHockeyTalk
"There is absolutely no truth to speculation that any NHL franchise is currently considering relocation."

How the Jets can use the return of the Manitoba Moose to their advantage | JetsNation
The Jets could use their AHL affiliate to do some interesting things with their salary next year.

Islanders make plans to ease transition to Brooklyn from Nassau Coliseum - Newsday
The Islanders have a lot of history in Nassau Coliseum but they are trying to be sensitive to that as they move to the Barclays Center.

Slava Voynov's Home Team Won't Sign Him- Today's Slapshot
Slava Voynov likely won't ever play in the NHL again, but the KHL club in his hometown of Chelyabinsk, Russia, won't be taking him back either.  In

Multimedia broadcast coverage for Finals | The American Hockey League
You can watch the Calder Cup Final for free.

The Final Howl

Comedian Rob Riggle will host NHL Awards, Daughtry to perform musical act | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Ever Seen "21 Jump Street", "Step Brothers", or "The Daily Show"? He’s played bit parts and not had the starring role but man, was he good.