Suspensions, Suspensions: Morning NHL Links


Happy Thursday everyone! How did you like last night’s double overtime victory in which the Chicago Blackhawks shaved off elimination, keeping themselves alive in the Western Conference Finals. The Los Angeles Kings lead the series 3-2, but the Blackhawks live to fight another day. Tonight the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers are back in action, can the Rangers eliminate those pesky Canadiens?

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Stay tuned for all your NHL playoff action being covered here on Fansided. Right now however, enjoy your morning NHL links from the wonderful world of hockey.

To say Thomas Vanek hasn’t had the best postseason with the Montreal Canadiens would be an understatement. At times he’s shown up and produced, however, more often than not he’s no where to be found when needed. He even received a demotion to the 4th line a little while ago. Despite Vanek’s postseason struggle, teams should not shy away from obtaining the forward throughout free agency. He’s got game and is an above average forward who will make any offence better. [Hockey Wilderness]

Right about now P.K Subban is pretty happy the Canadiens didn’t sign him to the long-term deal he wanted last offseason, because he’s in for a slight pay raise this offseason. The reigning Norris winning and team Canada defenceman will most certainly see an increase in his salary next season. But what kind of money are the Canadiens willing to throw at Subban? Do they want him to be their next franchise guy, do they believe he’s as valuable as he believes he is? All questions that will go a long way in determining a contract this offseason. [Toronto Sun]

The Edmonton Oilers have lost yet another forward to the KHL in defenceman Philip Larsen. Now the Oilers weren’t sure about bringing Larsen back, but the NHL certainly can’t be happy to be losing yet another player to the KHL. Even if he’s not ready for the NHL having him in the AHL is better for Gary Bettman. [Oilers Nation]

Good news for draft eligible forward, Josh Ho-Sang of the Windsor Spitfires. The OHL has decided to reduce his 15 game suspension to a mere 6 games after further consideration. Ho-Sang who is expected to be a late first or early second round pick this June, was handed a lengthy suspension on April 7 for hitting London Knights defenceman Zach Bell from behind in a playoff game. The 6 game suspension will begin at the beginning of the 2014-2015 season. [Yahoo Sports]

The NHL has suspended John Moore for 2 games following his blind side hit on the Canadiens Dale Weise. Based on the hit, 2 games was the right call by the NHL to give Moore, as the hit resembled the one Brandon Prust was suspended two games for. [CBC]