John Hynes was hired as coach of the New Jersey Devils on June 2, 2015. Hynes had been the coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, for the past five seasons. He was hired for that job by Devils general manager Ray Shero, who was the GM of the Penguins. ...more
Mike Babcock was hired by the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday, May 20. Babcock left the Detroit Red Wings, where he coached for 10 seasons, winning the Stanley Cup in 2008 and losing in the Cup Final in 2009....more
I don't think it's really truly going to sink in until we drop the puck, to be honest. I know there's going to be a lot of smoke and mirrors with the media attention and all that. We came [Monday] and it was sort of a light day to get things organized. We just want to focus in on the business aspect, the game itself. That's what we're preparing to do. Get these next couple of days out of the way and it's game on.
— Lightning captain Steven Stamkos on playing in his first Stanley Cup Final