We've got one more day to wait until Game Seven in the Stanley Cup Final, so along with some preparation on that front there's plenty going on in the world of the NHL, including the game's most notorious "star" attending one of the super-size music fests going on the Nashville area this week.
After the jump, your morning news & notes...
Sean Avery as a reporter at Bonnaroo? I'll bet some fans would love to drag him into a mosh pit...
Jordin Tootoo gives another interview while he's home in Nunavut for the summer, sounding off on Alexander Radulov, and the continually changing starting goaltenders in Nashville: "It all starts in practice and, from what I see, starting goalies sometimes just mosey through practice and it eventually affects their play. Coach always says practice like you play and Pekka Rinne was working really hard in practice this past season, doing a lot of extra stuff with guys."
A look at Game 7s throughout Stanley Cup history, more specifically the success rate of away teams in a Cup-clinching game.
Mark W. gives us his latest analysis of the legal wrangling in Phoenix, including this interesting exchange: "the Judge asked Salerno [lawyer representing Jerry Moyes] to explain how the proposed buyer, Balsillie, could request the team to be relocated to Hamilton when one of the articles of the bankruptcy code clearly states that a buyer "assign and assume" all contracts, and that the Coyotes have contracts to play in Glendale and honor the bylaws of the NHL. That question, as you can imagine, went unanswered.
Now that the issue of a relocation fee is front & center in Phoenix, James Mirtle looks at how they've played out in various pro leagues over the years. He even cites work by Vanderbilt's John Vrooman, an economics professor who specializes in the field of sports business.
Aaron Portzline takes a look at what the Blue Jackets need to do over the summer, and includes this memorable line: "Christian Backman and Aaron Rome are unrestricted free agents. If Backman gets resigned, I’ll step into a UFC cage with Kimbo Slice."