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Penguins savor Cup trip; Stamkos decision looms (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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• Check out Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin at Game 7 between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning. [412 Sports]

• The Pittsburgh Penguins should savor this trip to the Stanley Cup Final. [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]

• A comprehensive look on how the Penguins downed the Lightning in Game 7 to reach the Stanley Cup Final. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

• Penguins forward Bryan Rust took some of the glare off team captain Sidney Crosby to help the team make it to the Cup Final. [Sporting News]

• The Tampa Bay Lightning fell just short of playing for their ultimate goal in the Stanley Cup Final. [Tampa Bay Times]

• Was Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final the last for Steven Stamkos in a Lightning jersey? Stamkos is a pending unrestricted free agent in the summer. [Toronto Sun]

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• Did Stamkos’ return for Game 7 erase concerns about his desire to stay with the Lightning? [ESPN]

• How San Jose Sharks coach Peter DeBoer helped the team channel their emotions this season. The Sharks will play for their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. [CSN Bay Area]

• The San Jose area is pumped that the Sharks have made the Stanley Cup Final. [Mercury News]

• Why you should root for the Sharks in this Cup Final. [For the Win]

• The St. Louis Blues have some big decisions to make this offseason with pending unrestricted free agents David Backes and Troy Brouwer. [Post-Dispatch]

• The monkey is still “heavily” on the Blues’ backs despite the deep playoff run. [St. Louis Gametime]

• The Vancouver Canucks were misguided in their decision to trade promising young forward Jared McCann to the Florida Panthers for defenseman Erik Gudbranson. [Today’s Slapshot]

• Taking a closer look at McCann from a Panthers perspective and what he could mean to the organization. [Litter Box Cats]

• The London Knights can become one of the all-time greatest junior teams with one more win. [Buzzing the Net]

• Here are 50 fun stats from both the Eastern Conference Final and Western Conference Final. [Sportsnet]

• What will the lines of the Dallas Stars potentially look like next season? [Dallas Morning News]

•  Carolina Hurricanes GM Ron Francis is expected to meet with the agent of pending unrestricted free agent Cam Ward in June. [Raleigh News & Observer]

• The Arizona Coyotes are looking to re-sign longtime captain Shane Doan to a one-year contract. Doan will be 40 next season.[Arizona Sports]

•  The Stanley Cup Final will feature a few former Toronto Maple Leafs. What do you think about this if you are a Leafs fan? Pull for Phil Kessel and Pittsburgh or James Reimer with the Sharks? [Pension Plan Puppets]

•  Should the Maple Leafs let top prosepct Mitch Marner play in the AHL next season? "He may not, however, be ready for the NHL. Listed at 5-foot-11 and 164 pounds, it’s quite possible Marner will need some time in the AHL to adjust to the pro game." [TSN]

• The Detroit Red Wings are the most likely NHL team to land Russian forward Alexander Radulov. [Winging it in Motown]

• Top-100 keeper league fantasy goaltenders. [Dobber Hockey]

• Finally, Check out Metallica’s James Hetfield getting pump up for the Sharks.

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