Like the terrible Americans we are, we completely forgot that today was in fact a holiday. We still worked so it was like any other normal day. Or something like that.
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Now, onto the news!
- Hockey Canada chose Todd Gill, coach of the Kingston Frontenacs, to coach the Ivan Hlinka tournament that will be held in August.
- Just as a reminder, the Stanley Cup Finals will begin on Wednesday May 30th at 8pm.
- The Canucks signed Alain Vigneault to a two-year contract extension.
- The Wild signed Mikael Granlund to a three-year entry-level contract.
- The Blue Jackets signed Derek Dorsett to a three-year contract extension.
- Luke Richardson was named the new head coach of the Binghamton Senators, the Ottawa Senators's farm team.
- The players for the scouting combine have been named and they're now getting ready to be poked, prodded, sweated and the interviewed. It's a tough life.
- Ruck Dudley was hired as the assistant GM for the Montreal Canadiens.
- And the Habs have been busy, busy lately after they hired Scott Mellanby to be their new director of player personnel.
- Apparently, Dominik Hasek is looking to make a comeback to the NHL as a goaltender. At the age of 47. Who does he think he is, Nick Lidstrom? Jeez, buddy.
- The Bruins and Capitals traded forwards with Chris Bourque going to the Bruins and Zach Hamill going to the Capitals. Sounds fair enough, right?
- Remember the last eighth seed to make it to the SCF before the Kings this season? Yeah, Jarret Stoll and Matt Greene were a part of that 2006 Oilers team and they're grateful for a chance to contend for the Cup again.
- Travis Zajac missed most of this season after injuring his achilles tendon but he is now tearing it up for the Devils in their playoff run. He's a big part of why the Devils have been so successful this postseason.