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NHL News & Notes: Stanley Cup News, Goldwater is back, Jagr to return.

All your afternoon NHL News & Notes: Stanley Cup news, Goldwater is back, David Jones signs with the Avs, Jagr close to re-upping with Philadelphia.

Now it’s time for the news:

Stanley Cup News

LA Daily News: Kings Notebook: Matt Greene, Jarret Stoll in it to win it. It amazes me how many players the Kings have who have been in a cup final before, or won a cup. The experience won’t show up on a stat sheet, but is valuable to a team. Jeff Carter, Simon Gagne, Mike Richards, Matt Greene, Jarrett Stoll, Dustin Penner, Rob Scuderi, and Justin Williams. Not to mention the role Drew Doughty played on Canada’s 2010 Olympic men’s team.

New York Post: Q & A with Lou Lamoriello. A nice long Q & A about his philosophies of coaching and managing. Brother-in-law Moulson cuts to the (Jonathan) Quick of it. I had no idea that Jon Quick and Matt Moulson are brother in laws. They both married a pair of sisters. Sometimes that stuff happens, I was listening to an interview with Joe Walsh (of Eagles) the other day and learned that him and Ringo Starr (of the Beatles) are brother in laws after they married a pair of sisters. Nothing like sisters marrying tandem hockey players or rock-stars. Devils hot topic: What did you think of 3rd period boarding penalty on David Clarkson? Personally I thought that penalty was a joke, it appears that I’m not the only one.

The Associated Press: LA Kings look to ‘hit the reset button’ after game 4 loss to New Jersey Devils. I was hoping last game would go to overtime and be like Game 4 of the 1996 Stanley Cup Final when Uwe Krupp scored the game winner. I then started thinking who would be the Uwe Krupp on the Kings, my vote is Alec Martinez. As a baseball fan, I’m glad to see a Martinez in hockey.

Toronto Star: Martin Brodeur saves the day for the Devils. He stopped a few breakaways yesterday with the two pad stack poke check, a classic move that you don’t really see anymore.

Other NHL News

Globe & Mail: Goldwater Institute raises concerns over latest attempt to sell Coyotes. We’ve been here before. Here’s the quick and dirty; the team has been sale for three years now, it is not making money, nobody wants to use their own money to buy it, and the city of Glendale is hundreds of millions of dollars in debt because of this team. Just move them already, there are cities elsewhere that are dying for hockey. Report: Jagr on track to reach an agreement with Flyers. I’ll be happy to see the future hall of famer back in the NHL for (at least) one more season. It was a treat to see him when the Flyers came to Winnipeg this season.

The Denver Post: David Jones signs for four years $16 million. Did Avs overpay? At first glance, my vote would be yes.

The Tennessean: Alexander Radulov’s exit brings big risk to the Nashville Predators. While he is a talented player, he burned too many bridges in the Nashville organization. They were without him for a few years and did just fine. No reason to think David Poille won’t find a way to replace his production. Davidson the saviour of Nash, Jackets future? He helped turn things around in St. Louis, could John Davidson be the guy the does the same for Columbus?

National Post: Michel Therrien did a ‘great job’ in first stint as Canadiens Coach: Doug Gilmour. Bringing back Michel Therrien was a move that many fans were unhappy with but Douggie Gilmour sticks up for his boy and gives some stories of a few great pranks he pulled as a player. Read the post for the pranks.