Tim Thomas to Skip 2012-13 Campaign

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It appears as if Ilya Bryzgalov isn't the only NHL goaltender who enjoys his time for reflection. The Bruins' Tim Thomas announced via Facebook earlier today, that he will indeed take off the entire season next year.

Thomas, who has one year remaining on his four-year, $20 million contract, will still count against Boston's salary cap for 2013, tagging them with a $3 million cap hit.

Not only is Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli hit with the daunting task of figuring out a way to disperse of Thomas' salary, but, he also now is forced to muster up some sort of scenario where he regains the leverage with Tuukka Rask's camp.

Rask, who has been the heir-apparent to take over the full-time duty between the pipes, once the 38-year old Thomas and Bruins eventually parted ways, is set to become a restricted free agent this coming offseason.

The 25-year old Rask just finished the final year of a two-year, $2.5 million contract--a contract which will be far, far more lucrative once he inks his new deal.

Chiarelli and the Bruins knew that the eventual day of the Thomas era coming to an end would loom in the near future, but having it abruptly terminate as has unfolded today, well now this is something a GM can't plan for.

While Thomas now has plenty of time to reconnect with this three F's, the Bruins must scramble to connect with a solution for their netminding needs.

(Video) Drew Doughty Scores Highlight Reel Goal in Game 1

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Drew Doughty may have the flashiest goal of the series, after he blasted a shot past Marty Brodeur in the first period of game 2.

The Kings defenseman went end to end, weaving through the New Jersey defense, and then firing a shot from the right hand faceoff circle. The goal was Doughty’s third of the playoffs and by far his highlight goal of the year.

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Shoulder Injury To Sideline Rangers' Gaborik For 5-6 Months

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According to Lyle Richardson of Spector's Hockey, Rangers star winger Marian Gaborik will need offseason surgery to repair his injured shoulder, and will be sidelined for up to six months.

Earlier this week, the team revealed that he was battling through an injury he sustained in the team's first round series against Ottawa. But the severity of the injury wasn't explained until his MRI results came back this morning.

While you never want to deal with injuries, the Rangers can consider themselves somewhat fortunate Gaborik will spend the duration of the summer rehabbing and healing and will miss a minimal amount of the season.

After a 41-goal campaign, Gaborik caught the ire of many Blueshirts fans for a series of underwhelming performances throughout their playoff run, despite scoring in triple overtime in Game 3 against Washington.

Boy, I bet you sure do feel like jerks for criticizing him now, don't you Rangers fans? In fact, come to think of it, 11 points in 20 games isn't too shabby for more or less playing with one arm, is it?

Now, New York, who many have argued fell short in the Eastern Conference Finals due to a lack of goal-scoring, will be forced to start next season without it's leading scorer from 2011-12. Barring any setbacks, he'll be expected back anywhere between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Paging Zach Parise?

Hab Nots: What Hartley to Calgary Means for Canadiens

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The last week has been dominated by a Stanley Cup media day, the retirement announcement of arguably the greatest defensemen in the history of the game, and the possibility that Stanley Cup-winning coach Bob Hartley would be returning to the NHL to take the helm of the Montreal Canadiens.

Well Game 1 of the Cup Finals happened. And Nicklas Lidstrom did retire.

But Bob Hartley will be calling the shots next year in Calgary.

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THS Morning Skate: 6/1

Written by Christian A. on .

(The hockey headlines from across the web to get your day started.)

Nicklas Lidstrom officially retired yesterday after playing 20 years with the Detroit Red Wings. Team owner Mike Ilitch called it “one of the most emotional days in Red Wing history.” (USA Today)

Some of Lidstrom’s ex-teammates shared memories about the now former Red Wing. (Detroit Free Press)

It is hard to say good-bye, but Mitch Albom said it best. “Realizing he was really quitting Thursday was like waking up and realizing your favorite neighbors were actually moving, or the beloved schoolteacher was on her last day. Lidstrom was so quietly exceptional, we didn't celebrate him enough on a daily basis.” (Detroit Free Press)

Darryl Sutter is keeping his guys focused, even after a bug game 1 win. (L.A. Times)

After the jump, Justin Williams emerges as a star for the Kings, Adam Larsson misses chance to play against idol, Kopitar is king in Slovenia, Tim Thomas plays with the media again and yet another news graphic gaffe.

THS Morning Skate: 5/31

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The L.A. Kings won game 1 last night 2-1 in overtime. (L.A. Times

Here’s a game story from the Devils side of things. (The Record)

The Devils will need a max effort if they want to win a fourth cup, according to Joe McDonald. (NY Sports Day)

The ice at the Prudential Center was less than stellar last night for game 1. It was hot in Newark on Tuesday and just as hot Wednesday, so that probably didn’t help. (The Record)

"Catch your breath. Suck it up. Keep fighting." That’s what the Kings were told to do during the Overtime intermission. It worked. (L.A. Times)

The NHL and the NHLPA are set to start Labor talks in the coming weeks. Yippi! (NY Times)

Newark is in the spotlight. Is it the beginning of a change for the city? Some people believe so. (The Star-ledger)

Nicklas Lidstrom is expected to announce his retirement today at a press conference at Joe Louis Arena today.  A big void will be left with his departure. (Detroit Free Press)

The hybrid icing rule was among one of the topics discussed at the general managers meeting on Wednesday. (NHL.com)

Commissioner Gary Bettman says there is still time for the Islanders to get a deal done and stay on Long Island. (Newsday

And finally, another great opening video for the Stanley Cup Final by the CBC.

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Captains America: Brown and Parise in Spotlight for USA Hockey

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NEWARK -- Hockey has been considered Canada’s game, but slowly but surely, USA hockey has been making inroads.

When the puck drops tonight in Newark for game one of the Stanley Cup Final, two American-born captains will be on either side, the first time in the 119-year history of the League's prestigious chalice. Zach Parise, the captain of the Devils, may be best known by the casual fan for his game-tying goal in the Gold Medal Game against Canada in the Olympics. Dustin Brown, who wears the 'C' for Los Angeles, was on that Olympic squad too.

But that wasn’t the first time the duo played alongside each other. Parise and Brown have been together through various levels of international competition, at the World Junior Championships in 2003, as well as World Championships in 2008 prior to the 2010 Winter Olympics.

“It seems like every USA event we’re playing together,” Parise said during media day on Tuesday.

“I know Zach really well since we were 15, 16 years old,” Brown added. “It’s one of those, you get to know certain guys better and he was one of those guys I met and got along with.”

Parise developed an understanding for how Brown played and how talented he was when they were paired together on a line in the 2003 World Junior tournament in Nova Scotia, Canada. Parise finished eighth in tournament scoring (4-4-8) as the Americans lost the Bronze Medal game to Finland.

“He’s a great player,” Parise said of Brown. “Even if he’s not scoring, getting assists or anything, you know when he’s out there. He does a lot of things out there that might not wind up on the score sheet, but he’s a very effective player even when he’s not scoring.”

Brown says that his counterpart is the more skilled player of the two but that he has the “bigger impact on the game from a physical standpoint.” Though he said they both do the little things right.

The emergence of stars like Brown and Parise lends credence that American hockey is on the rise. Areas like Pittsburgh have become hotbeds for hockey in the US, albeit thanks in large part to Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. But the success of Americans such as Rob Scuderi, who famously made the best save in the 2009 Stanley Cup Final, have helped hockey sink it's claws into the steel city. As fate would have it, this year's NHL Draft will take place there in a few short weeks.

The success of the Gretzky-led Kings in 1993, who ultimately fell short of winning the Cup, drove the sport's popularity in California to new heights as well. This year's run is expected to increase interest as well.

“It’s great for the game in the U.S.,” Parise said about having two American-born captains in the finals. “I didn’t know that it’s been the first time two American captains in the finals. Someone told me that a bit ago, I didn’t know that, so that says a lot for American hockey.”

“I think it’s a good thing for USA Hockey that we have that type of players coming out of USA Hockey,” Brown added. “This is probably the biggest stage ever from a US hockey standpoint other than the Olympics. It’s something to take pride in. I think American hockey, USA Hockey is going in the right direction in terms of having more players in the spot light.”

13 years ago, Derian Hatcher became the first U.S.-born captain to raise the Stanley Cup when the Dallas Stars won in 1999. Now, Parise and Brown have guaranteed that it will happen again in 2012.

THS Morning Skate

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The Boston Bruins were awarded the honor of Sports Team of the Year by the Sports Business Journal for their  “excellence, growth, creativity, innovation, sound planning, implementation and outcomes.” (Pro Hockey Talk)

Arthur Staple with the Rangers need to jump right out of the gate column. (Newsday)

Brandon Dubinsky returned to the Rangers lineup last night. John Tortorella thought he brought some energy and Dubinsky “felt good.” (NY Post)

Ryan Callahan wasn’t too shabby either. (NY Post)

With the Devils up 3-2, are any of them haunted by the ghosts of 1994? (NY Post)

Peter DeBoer is confident for game 6. (Star-Ledger)

Hockey is very much alive and well in Los Angeles. 4,000 Kings fans greeted the team when they arrived back from Phoenix after their series victory.  (LA Times)

Some video to go along with it.

Helene Elliott spoke with NHL Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky about his excitement about the Kings success. (LA Times)

NPR asks if people care about the NHL and NBA Playoffs. (NPR)

Alain Vigneault signed a contract extension with the Vancouver Canucks. (Canadian Press)

Is the NHL headed to a lockout? Ted Lulfan seems to think so. (Detroit News)

Dodger owner and former Atlanta Thrashers president Stan Kasten is interested in hosting the Winter classic at Dodger stadium. "They put a man on the moon," Dodgers Chairman Mark Walter said. "They can make it work." With that logic, why not hold the Winter Classic in Hawaii. (LA Times)

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(Video) Brad Richards Shoots Puck on Own Goalie

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For any aspiring NHL goaltenders out there, being aware of where the puck is at all time is a must.

You always expect shots to becoming from the opposing, but it’s not too often that you see the puck coming at you off the stick of your own teammate. Well, with the Rangers and Devils deadlocked at three last night, that's exactly what happened.

Obviously, Brad Richards wasn’t trying to fire the puck on his own net. He was simply trying to wrap the puck around the board, but it took an unfortunate turn, after making contact with a Devil player, and headed straight for Lundqvist.

Luckily for the Rangers, the all-star goaltender had been aware of what was going on and was able to make the save. Unfortunately for those same Rangers, they would go on to lose 5-3.

At least the game-winning goal was scored by an opposing player and not off some fluky play that would have been on SportCenter’s Not Top 10 list for the next four weeks.

Devils Top Rangers in Game 5, 5-3

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The New Jersey Devils saw a three goal lead disappear, but in the end they pulled out the win and went ahead of the New York Rangers 3-2 in their best of seven game series.

New Jersey was quick to strike first, scoring 2:43 into the period off a rebound shot by Stephen Gionta in front of the net. Then two minutes later Patrick Elias was credited with a goal to make it 2-0 Devils less than five minutes into the game. Travis Zajac added a third goal for the Devils and it’ looked as though this would be an easy win for New Jersey, but the momentum quickly shifted the other way following the goal.

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