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Nick Bonino will play in Game 1 of SCF 05-29-2016
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Nick Bonino will be able to play in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Tom Gulitti on Twitter
Bonino was shaken up after blocking a shot in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Head coach Mike Sullivan said Bonino will "be fine" for the opening game in Pittsburgh on Monday night. Bonino has three goals and 15 points in 18 games this season.
Duchene: Avs were scared to lose in '15-16 05-29-2016
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Matt Duchene believes the Avalanche were afraid to lose in 2015-16.

Denver Post
The Avalanche were in a battle for a playoff spot until the end of the season, but too many losses down the stretch did them in. "We didn't take control, we didn't go out there every night with the confidence we needed to win and to go and take what we needed to take," Duchene said. "We had a little too much fear, I think, of losing and what we had to lose and I think that's something we all can think about this summer. It's a change of mindset. All the tools are there. We have a very good team, so we want to challenge for a playoff spot next season and hopefully a Stanley Cup."
Mike Richards enjoyed his time with Capitals 05-29-2016
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Mike Richards enjoyed his stay with the Washington Capitals.

CSN Mid-Atlantic
Richards signed a one-year deal on January 6 after his contract was terminated by the Los Angeles Kings after the 2014-15 season. He was not an offensive threat as his two goals in 46 games indicate but he got back some of the fun that was missing over his last few years in the NHL. "I've always known that I could play," he said. "It's just, I guess, if the will's there maybe to continue. I had a fun time here in Washington, I enjoyed hockey again and I'll kind of decompress and see what's next. I mean, I'm 31 years old, so I'm not old by any means. But we'll see. I honestly don't even know. I had so much fun this year with this team. Extremely, extremely disappointed of just not being able to play hockey anymore with the group of guys here. Frustrated, but at the same time I enjoyed my time here." Expect Richards to sign with another NHL team but his days as a fantasy option are over.
Madison Bowey avoids suspension 05-29-2016
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Madison Bowey will not be suspended for an alleged homophobic slur against Toronto prospect Kasperi Kapanen.

CSN Mid-Atlantic
Bowey is likely to get suspended for an elbow to the head of Kapanen that preceded the alleged incident that got him a five minute major and game misconduct. The Marlies requested the AHL look at the allegation but there was apparently no audio of the incident so the league could do nothing about it. Bowey should get a shot to stick with the Capitals next season. He was drafted 53rd overall in 2013.
Brent Burns has 20 points heading into Cup 05-29-2016
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Brent Burns leads all NHL defensemen with 20 playoff points.

CSN Bay Area
Burns trails teammate Logan Couture by four points for the overall NHL lead heading into the Stanley Cup Final. The bearded legend has been a rock on the blueline for the Sharks and will definitely get serious Conn Smythe consideration should the San Jose Sharks win Lord Stanley's Cup.
Dainius Zubrus a welcome addition to San Jose 05-29-2016
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Dainius Zubrus has been a welcome addition to the San Jose Sharks.

CSN Bay Area
The veteran has been extremely helpful to the younger members of the Sharks due to his work ethic since he inked his contract on November 24. "He's in the gym all the time, and I think he's gotten me in there a little bit more during the season," teammate Chris Tierney said. "I think in the past I probably wasn't in the gym or skating after practice as much as I should have been. He's a guy that's really taught me that. Kept me going throughout the season, throughout this long haul. It's funny that an older guy like him, you expect him to be resting more, but he might be one of the hardest working guys on the team. It's nice to have that veteran guy to help push me along and let me know. [If] I don't want to work out after a Game 7, he's there to help me push."
Steven Stamkos hopes to be back in TB 05-29-2016
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Steven Stamkos hopes to be back with the Tampa Bay Lightning next season.

Tampa Bay Times
Stamkos is set to become one of the biggest names to ever hit the open market. Many have speculated that Stamkos will be heading home to Toronto, but he insists he still wants to be in Tampa. "I hope to be back," Stamkos said. "We have some unfinished business. This group has been unbelievable; this city has been unbelievable to me. I can't believe it's been eight years already; time flies. The last couple years, you can finally see that light. You still haven't got to (a Stanley Cup win), but it's there, it's dangling right in front of us. When you start something, you want to finish it, and I really hope that can be the case." Time will tell if he really wants to stay.
Alex Chiasson could be traded this summer 05-29-2016
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Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun believes Alex Chiasson could be on the move this summer.

Ottawa Sun
Chiasson was acquired in the Jason Spezza trade with Dallas back in 2014, but he's failed to make an impression since landing in Ottawa. The 25-year-old is coming off an eight goal and 14-point season in 2015-16 and it wouldn't be surprising to see him dealt to another team. Chiasson will be a restricted free agent on July 1st. He could be an intriguing low-risk acquisition.
Marchand thrilled about Team Canada selection 05-29-2016
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Brad Marchand is thrilled about being selected to play for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey.

CSN New England
"It's an incredible honor to play for Team Canada. It's something that I think we all take a lot of pride in, and something that is…it's not an easy accomplishment," said Marchand. "It's not something you get to do very often, and to have that opportunity twice this year is very special and it's not something I take for granted." Some questioned whether he should be on the team ahead of players like Corey Perry and Taylor Hall, but there's no doubt that Marchand had a terrific season. The 28-year-old had 37 goals and 61 points in 77 games during the '15-16 season.
Matt Murray has never faced the Sharks 05-29-2016
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Likely Game 1 starter Matt Murray has never played against the San Jose Sharks.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Murray has taken over as the Penguins top netminder, supplanting the once injured Marc-Andre Fleury. He has been terrific in the post-season for the most part as he is 11-4 with a 2.21 GAA and a .924 save percentage. The 22-year-old goalie is the Penguins goalkeeper of the future and his play could force Pittsburgh to trade Fleury by the start of the 2017-18 season, especially if expansion takes place before then.
Matt Cullen leaves practice early Saturday 05-29-2016
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Matt Cullen left practice Saturday a few minutes early and did not return.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review stated that Cullen seemed to be walking 'gingerly' back to the locker room. If there is anything wrong, it should be updated either Sunday or Monday, otherwise assume he will be in the Pittsburgh lineup for Game 1 Monday.
Chris Kunitz sits out Saturday 05-29-2016
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Chris Kunitz had a maintenance day Saturday and missed practice.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Kunitz is currently on a five game points streak with three goals and six points in that span. He has 10 points in 18 games and will likely line up on the second line with Evgeni Malkin and Game 7 hero Brian Rust.
Nick Bonino misses practice Saturday 05-29-2016
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Nick Bonino did not participate in practice Saturday.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Coach Mike Sullivan said that the center sat out for maintenance reasons. Most players are banged up at this stage of the playoffs so expect to see Bonino in the Penguins lineup for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final Monday. He has three goals and 15 points in 18 playoff games this season which is tied for eighth overall in the scoring race. Not too shabby.
Olli Maatta a force upon return to lineup 05-29-2016
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Olli Maatta had three assists and was a plus-five in the Penguins last three games of the Conference Final.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Maatta had been benched for the three previous games but a season-ending injury to Trevor Daley got him back in the lineup and he did not disappoint. Maatta, at age 21, will be the youngest participant in the Stanley Cup Final but he has played plenty over the last three seasons since being drafted 22nd overall in 2012. He is worth taking late in deeper pools next season as he has a lot of upside.
Kris Letang led all d-men in points in 2016 05-29-2016
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Kris Letang led all NHL defensemen in points from January 1 until the end of the season.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Letang had 48 points in 43 games while Erik Karlsson had 41 points in 44 games. Letang has been quite the offensive threat for the Penguins but has been quiet in the playoffs (for him) with only two goals and 10 points in 17 games. He should be a top-three defenseman in fantasy hockey next season.
Bryan Rust, Joonas Donskoi 19 picks apart 05-29-2016
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Bryan Rust of the Penguins an Joonas Donskoi of the Sharks were taken 19 picks apart in the 2010 Draft.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Rust was taken in the third round, 80th overall, while Donskoi was taken in the fourth with the 99th overall selection. Both have been instrumental in the playoffs as the rookies have each scored five times for their respective teams. Rust is playing with Evgeni Malkin on the Penguins second unit and with eight points in the playoffs, has been a pleasant surprise to those who selected him.
Kris Letang left off Team Canada 05-29-2016
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Kris Letang will not play for Team Canada at the upcoming World Cup.

New York Post
Letang, P.K. Subban and Corey Perry were just some of the names left off the Canadian roster. Canada is deep in talent and fortunately for fans, the under-24 North American team will feature Canadians like Connor McDavid and Nathan MacKinnon, two players who should make Canada in the years to come. Letang, in the meantime, will get ready for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup which takes place on Monday.