Besides picking a coach again, the Devils have another major decision on their hands, which left wing to shower millions upon. They can’t afford both Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk after next season, not without shortchanging other more-needed positions, and they need to choose now.
Underscoring the imminent nature of that choice, The Post has learned that Parise is dropping his current agent and is seeking a new adviser to guide him through this vital summer.
John Grigg- On the heels of Montreal’s stunning upset of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia becoming just the sixth NHL team to force a Game 7 when down 3-0 in series, I have some thoughts.
First, I think there’s only one thing to be done in Pittsburgh: trade Evgeni Malkin . This is not a commentary on Malkin’s post-season – although chances are I wouldn’t be writing this if the Pens were still alive – and it’s not a new thought.
Jaroslav Halak did outplay Marc-Andre Fleury , especially in Game 7, but in a larger sense the Canadiens did exactly what they needed to do to the Pens – take away the center of the ice. And now Sidney Crosby, Malkin and No. 3 center Jordan Staal are taking heat. Not all the heat by any means, but heat nonetheless.
For just the second time in their 100-year history, the Montreal Canadiens have won back-to-back seven-game series in the same playoffs, and the first time they did it – you know where this is going – they won the Stanley Cup.
While the current edition of the Habs is hard to compare to the 1971 team, it would be foolish to bet against them to repeat that squad’s exploits; after disposing of the regular-season champions in Round 1, they stifled and muzzled the reigning Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, prevailing 5-2 in Game 7.
A friend called Wednesday morning to talk about the Vancouver Canucks, who will keep our calendars uncluttered in June for the 16th straight spring.
I noted Roberto Luongo failed to outplay rookie Chicago Blackhawk goalie Antti Niemi . My friend countered that the guy Luongo needed to outplay was Blackhawk scoring star Jonathan Toews because for the Canucks to win, their goalie had to be the best player.
Penguins Q&A with Dave Molinari