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Burns' prediction; Fleury's potential happy ending (Puck Headlines)

Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com. 

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• Proud father Keith Tkachuk after son Matthew won the Memorial Cup with the London Knights. [Ted Starkey]

• How the San Jose Sharks have “really come together” in making their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final. [CSN Bay Area]

• In April, Sharks defenseman Brent Burns predicted this team would be playing for "a long time" this spring. [San Jose Mercury News]

• A Sharks blogger writes a letter to his younger self from around the time San Jose collapsed against the Los Angeles Kings in the 2014 playoffs. [Fear the Fin]

• The season of Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury can still have a happy ending, even if he doesn’t play a minute in the Stanley Cup Final. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

• A drastic week in December put the Penguins on this course to the Stanley Cup Final. [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]

• Do the Sharks have a West Coast advantage over the Penguins? California teams have snuck up on their Final opponents in recent years. [ESPN]

• The story of a longtime San Jose Sharks fan and his custom numbered team jersey. [NHL]

• A Q&A with Pittsburgh Penguins rookie goaltender Matt Murray. [The Walleye]

• What were the best jersey match-ups for the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs? Looking at different series to see which uniforms meshed. [Hockey by Design]

• Penguins’ 39-year-old forward Matt Cullen explains what it’s like to be a hockey dad. [Players’ Tribune]

• Which team has a numerical edge in the Stanley Cup Final? A deep dive into the Sharks and Penguins. [Sportsnet]

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• How often will the Penguins pair Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in the Cup Final? [TSN]

• A take on Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban being left off Team Canada’s World Cup of Hockey roster. [Color of Hockey]

• Sharks forward Joel Ward thinks the NHL should retire the No. 22 of Willie O’Ree. [Toronto Sun]

• St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko declined to talk at the team’s locker cleanout day. Tarasenko scored two goals in St. Louis’ Western Conference Final series against the San Jose Sharks. Both came in the final 10 minutes of Game 6 when the Blues were about to be eliminated. [Post-Dispatch]

• Should the Blues figure out a way to get rid of center Jori Lehtera? “If there is one contract I'd love to shed and put it towards re-signing (David) Backes, it's Lehtera. He's not ancient yet and maybe some team will buy in and even give the Blues something in return. Maybe not. The thought of him spending three more seasons in St. Louis is scary.” [St. Louis Gametime]

• How can the Detroit Red Wings improve their defense this summer? Is Blues blueliner Kevin Shattenkirk an option? [MLive]

• The London Knights can call themselves the best team in the Canadian Hockey League. [CP via Yahoo]

• Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Mitch Marner was named the MVP of the Memorial Cup tournament. [Pension Plan Puppets]

• What should the Dallas Stars do with pending unrestricted free agent defenseman Alex Goligoski? [Today’s Slapshot]

• Will the Edmonton Oilers pass up on Tkachuk in the upcoming NHl Draft? The Oilers have the No. 4 overall pick. [Edmonton Journal]

• Why was Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk excluded from the World Cup of Hockey roster? “The one thing that stretches back to the beginning of Galchenyuk’s career is Montréal head coach Michel Therrien’s consistent decision to push him to the wing rather than allow him to develop at center.” [Along the Boards]

• Which players have seen their stock increase in the Stanley Cup Playoffs? [Dobber Hockey]

• Finally, Media day video-bomb with Sharks staffers and forward Joe Thornton.

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