In giving his annual state of the NHL address hours before Monday’s Stanley Cup Final opener, commissioner Gary Bettman devoted a sizable portion defending the effectiveness of the league’s controversial coach’s challenge system, which has been under constant scrutiny since its implementation two seasons ago.
It was fitting then that a coach’s challenge led to the reversal of the series’ first goal early in Game 1, scored by one the NHL’s biggest stars.
A pinpoint shot from the blue line by Predators defenseman P.K. Subban beat Penguins goalie Matt Murray 7:13 into the first period. On the surface, it appeared Nashville was off to an early lead. Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan felt otherwise and challenged whether Filip Forsberg was offside as the Predators gained the attacking zone.
Teams are curious to see if Buffalo makes the biggest pitch for Kevin Shattenkirk, Friedman wrote Tuesday.
But Botterill’s approach to free agency is unknown.
In Pittsburgh, where Botterill cut his teeth, drafting and developing talent in-house or executing smart, timely trades was key to the Penguinsr Stanley Cup runs. He expressed little interest in a quick fix while outlining his offseason plans last week, and a new contract for Jack Eichel remains priority No. 1, especially in the wake of Connor McDavid’s reported megadeal.
No doubt Botterill will have the cap space and financial backing to be a major player for Shattenkirk, should he so choose.
Buffalo’s acquisition of Marco Scandella Friday coupled with Botterill’s Hockey Jerseys Cheap insistence Giants Cheap Jerseys he’ll avoid the big bang means Sabres fan can probably forget about Shattenkirk.