Thursday's Dump & Chase: Goodbye, Carolina

Links for your Thursday.

Milwaukee Admirals to face Coachella Valley Firebirds in WCF
The Milwaukee Admirals take on the Coachella Valley Firebirds in the AHL Western Conference Final, starting tomorrow night!

ICYMI: The Admirals are playing in the AHL Western Conference Final, starting tonight, and Rachel has your preview.

‘Who else, right?’ Tkachuk puts Panthers in Final
Matthew Tkachuk scored his third game winner of the playoffs with 4.9 seconds remaining to complete Florida’s sweep of Carolina and send the Panthers to their first Stanley Cup Final in 27 years.

Brutal for the Canes, and I don't think Matthew Tkachuk made himself any friends in the Southeast this series.

How Sergei Bobrovsky turned a mediocre season into an outstanding playoff run
Sergei Bobrovsky didn’t have a great regular season, finishing with a .901 save percentage and being a complete non-factor in Florida’s playoff push. So how has he become a Conn Smythe favourite? Adam Vingan dives in.

He can still flip the switch.

Panthers touch Prince of Wales Trophy following Game 4 win
The Florida Panthers stuck with recent tradition and touched the Prince of Wales Trophy.

Good for them.

Canes lose top defenseman Slavin early to injury
Carolina’s top defenseman Jaccob Slavin was ruled out in the first period of Wednesday’s Game 4 after taking a high hit from Florida forward Sam Bennett.

Well, uh, at least Slavin won't be pressured to come back too early...

Stars’ Benn suspended two games for cross-check on Golden Knights’ Stone
Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn has been suspended two games for his cross-check on Vegas Golden Knights captain Mark Stone in Tuesday’s Game 3 of the Western Conference Final, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced Wednesday.

Meanwhile in the West: this is a pleasant surprise. DOPS taking action? During the playoffs? During the conference finals? DOPS suspending a team captain? Well done.

Sabres re-sign Okposo to 1-year, $2.5M deal
The young, retooled Buffalo Sabres can rely on Kyle Okposo’s veteran presence for at least one more season after the team captain signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract on Wednesday.

Buffalo is getting ready for next year.

Jets have ‘a lot of great pieces,’ Niederreiter says
Nino Niederreiter hasn’t been around the Winnipeg Jets for long, but he thinks the pieces are in place for a team that could be facing some tough decisions in the offseason.

It's interesting seeing different players for the Winnipeg Jets talk about how they feel about Winnipeg, the city. Niederreiter is in favor.