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Stevens interested in staying with Devils as an assistant coach

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Scott Stevens wasn’t able to earn the head coaching spot after spending about half of the 2014-15 campaign as the New Jersey Devils’ co-coach along with Adam Oates. That job instead went to former AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins bench boss John Hynes.

Stevens wants to stay in the game though and he’d like to be part of Hynes’ staff if there’s an opening for him.

“I haven’t looked elsewhere,” Stevens told The Record. “The Devils are my first choice, no question about that.”

He’s not sure what Hynes’ plans are as far as his staff goes, but Hynes has stated that “there’s no closed doors.”

Stevens is a Hall of Fame defenseman who won the Stanley Cup three times with New Jersey. He rejoined the Devils in 2012 as an assistant coach, but resigned in September 2014 before returning as a co-coach in December. His tenure as co-coach was perhaps most notable for the progress made by 22-year-old blueliner Adam Larsson. Back in January, Larsson suggested that having the trust of the new coaching staff was a big factor in his breakout.

PHT Morning Skate: Gretzky sees shades of Messier in Toews

2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game One
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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Wayne Gretzky thinks very highly of captains Steven Stamkos and Jonathan Toews. With regards to Toews, Gretzky made comparisons to Mark Messier. (ESPN)

The satirical news organization, The Onion, outlined their keys to the Stanley Cup Final. (The Onion)

The AHL will be streaming the entire 2015 Calder Cup Final for free. (AHL.com)

NBC Sports Group’s documentary Center of Attention: The Unreal Life of Derek Sanderson will premiere on NBCSN on Monday following Game 3 of the playoffs. You can read more about that here and check out the trailer below:

Joseph and Marion San Jose, while in Rome for their honeymoon, were able to give Pope Francis a Canucks jersey with his name on it. (Global News)

Here are the top beards of the Stanley Cup Final. (Puck Daddy)

Here are the highlights from Chicago’s 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay in Game 1:

Before the Stanley Cup Final started, former Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell reflected on his time with Toews, who Campbell called the “greatest captain I’ve ever played for.” (CSN Chicago)

Joe Starkey argues that no matter what Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle decide to do with their stake in the Pittsburgh Penguins, they can do so knowing that they’ve accomplished their mission. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Murray uncertain about future, including Boudreau’s status

Bob Murray
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A general manager publicly throwing his support behind his bench boss, even during difficult times, is fairly common, so it stands out when one passes on the opportunity. That was the case when Ducks GM Bob Murray had the chance to commit to keeping coach Bruce Boudreau.

“Far too early to tell you what I’m thinking. I’ve got lots of thoughts in my mind and I’ve got to sort them out,” Murray told the Los Angeles Times.

The Ducks made it all the way to the Western Conference Final before finally losing to the Chicago Blackhawks, so obviously it’s not hard to find positives. Still, Murray was left bothered by Anaheim’s play, starting with the second period of Game 6 when they allowed three goals.

“We did not react properly whatsoever. All structure — all everything — went right out the window,” Murray said. “Wasn’t impressed by it at all. The unanswered question is still the structure when we get under stressful periods. When you’re not playing well, you have to fall back on your structure. It failed us in a critical moment. That’s what I’m evaluating.”

Intentionally or not — or for that matter, deservingly or not — that plays into the concerns about Boudreau when it comes to high stakes situations. The bench boss has lost more Game 7s (six) than any other coach in NHL history. Anaheim has also been eliminated in that fashion for three straight years.

For his part, Boudreau argued that the record isn’t reflective of anything. As far as he’s concerned, he’s not the one winning or losing those games.

He also suggested that Chicago’s edge in experience was a factor and that’s something Anaheim gained through this run. So to an extent, Anaheim’s issues could be addressed organically. After all, while the Ducks keep losing Game 7s, it’s not as if they’ve been stagnant. They’ve gotten a round further each of the last three years, so an argument could be made that they’re on the right track, even if how the season is tough to swallow.

Chiarelli open to using wealth of Oilers picks to get ‘game-ready players’

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It would be shocking if the Edmonton Oilers moved the first overall selection, but they have five other picks in the first three rounds, including the 16th overall from the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The topic of what new Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli’s plans are for the 16th, 33rd, and 57th overall picks specifically was raised on 630 CHED.

“I certainly would look at moving any of those picks for… something that would help us right now, but also that could grow with our organization, so relatively speaking a younger player. It’s good to have a lot of picks and develop players, but we also want to hit the ground running with some more game-ready players,” Chiarelli said, as transcribed by the Edmonton Journal.

He noted that discussions have been picking up and that should continue in the lead up to the June 26 draft.

Chiarelli is also be looking to bolster the team through the free agent market, even implying that he was prepared to overspend if it meant bolster the team. Given that Edmonton’s cap situation is favorable, there’s also the possibility that they could work with a team like Chicago, which will need to make some moves to get under the ceiling.

His predecessor, Craig MacTavish, was promising a “busy summer” in Edmonton. The Oilers have already had that in ways that MacTavish likely didn’t envision by getting a new bench boss in Todd McLellan and a new general manager. They might still end up seeing a significant amount of change in terms of their players as well.

PHT Morning Skate: Hulk Hogan thinks ‘Hawks are ‘in a whole bunch of trouble, brother’

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Hulk Hogan believes that “Chicago’s in a whole bunch of trouble, brother.” (CSN Chicago)

Tampa Bay defenseman Jason Garrison will be blogging over the course of the Stanley Cup Final. (NHL.com)

Tyler Bertuzzi had an impressive run with AHL Grand Rapids. (The Detroit News)

The Islanders’ move to Brooklyn won’t be accompanied by a change in the team’s primary home and away jerseys. (Newsday)

In response to Lightning VP Bill Wickett banning out-of-state Blackhawks fans from Tampa Bay home games, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said that fans from Tampa Bay are welcome to come to Chicago. (CSN Chicago)

Given that Los Angeles failed to make the playoffs, Kings GM Dean Lombardi feels that there’s an opportunity to make this summer about improving the players’ conditioning as opposed to the shorter offseasons Los Angeles has had in recent years, which had to focus on recovery. (NHL.com)

Gabryel Boudreau, who was a second round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, is among the players the Sharks opted to let go back into the draft pool. (CSN Bay Area)