Stanley Cup party just getting started in L.A.: Wednesday's notes

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 11: (L-R) Mike Richards #10, Andrei Loktionov #48, Jonathan Quick #32, Drew Doughty #8 and Slava Voynov #26 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrate with the Stanley Cup in the locker room after the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-1 in Game Six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at the Staples Center on June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Kings won the series 4-2. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI/ Pool/Getty Images)

The immediate aftermath of the Stanley Cup Final is one of the more interesting times on the hockey calendar - there are great stories to be told about the winners, speculation begins picking up ahead of the NHL Draft coming up in nine days, and free agency looms on July 1. Take your picks, as we've got hockey stories this morning covering all those topics, and more!

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Nashville Predators News

Smashville 24/7 - Which of Nashville’s awards finalists have best chance to win?
If the Preds go one-for-three, that ain't bad.

Top 15 moments of the 2011-12 Preds season: #13 | Section 303
Remember the hoopla surrounding this night?

What Do You Want In The New Admiral Coach? | Admirals Roundtable
Good questions here, as it sounds like a decision is coming soon.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Hear LA Kings legend Bob Miller’s Stanley Cup-winning call | Puck Daddy
A great idea by the Kings, having their own play-by-play man cover the clinching game for a DVD, while the national crew did the live broadcast.

How did the Kings get here? - Arctic Ice Hockey
Among the tips at the end, points #3 & #5 should be heard in Nashville.

L.A. Kings’ Stanley Cup win makes ‘20 million dreams’ come true - The Globe and Mail
Darryl Sutter as a Hollywood ingenue? That's just too funny...

Down Goes Brown: Winners and losers from the 2012 NHL playoffs
"Winner: Jack Johnson, Columbus Blue Jackets - The defenceman seems to be in the best shape of his life, according to neighbors who've seen him hurl his big screen TV across three yards and into their swimming pool after every Kings' win."

This is Gratitude, Not a Goodbye - In Lou We Trust
In New Jersey, they can celebrate a remarkable run by their Devils.

NJ Devils brought in $26.2 million from playoff ticket sales, says report | Puck Daddy
Drop, meet Bucket.

Sizing Up the Zach Parise Sweepstakes - In Lou We Trust
What, no Preds?

Will Zach Parise join the newly crowned Kings? | Puck Drunk Love
Yikes. It's amazing how much of this Kings squad is locked up for 1, 2, or 3 more seasons. They'll be a force yet again.

Ted Nolan was happy to just be a proud Hockey Dad for a night | Backhand Shelf
I always wonder if he'll get one more shot as an NHL head coach, but until then, he'll have this to savor.

The Dark Blue Jacket: Bitterness, Anger, and Closure
Jeff Carter landed in a happy place, but in Columbus, the mood is quite different.

Sports Radio Interviews " Stanley Cup Finals Distracting Porn Actress: "My Boobs Might be Bigger than the Game, but I’m Not Bigger than the Game"
Now that's perspective.

You Have No Idea How Good Marcel Goc Really Is | Overtime
Great Goc Almighty!

Lowetide.ca | TRADING WITH BRIAN
Is Toronto talking about a top-of-the-draft trade with Edmonton?

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