Here are the morning papers for the teams that did not make the playoffs:
- The Carolina Hurricanes lost a lot of money this season, writes Luke Decock.
- Sabres prospect Chris Butler is extremely excited to have signed his first professional contract and wants to make the team’s starting defense corps next fall.
- Rich Hammond of the L.A. Daily News examines Michal Handzus’ first season in L.A.
- Rick Nash is going to undergo throat surgery this week, writes Aaron Portzline.
- There was a reason Kevin Lowe was not overly concerned about other teams raiding his young talent, writes Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal.
- The Coyotes have signed Michigan forward Chad Kolarik to a pro contract.
- Toronto fans should hope for the Stars to sweep the Ducks, writes Damien Cox.
- This past season may have been a nightmare in Vancouver, but the future already looks brighter with the big signing of Swedish youngster Fabian Brunnstrom.
For Illegal Curve, I’m Richard Pollock.
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