With two days off between Stanley Cup Final games after the Blackhawks' 7-4 win at the United Centre last night gave them a 3-2 series lead, the hockey-less summer doldrums are fast approaching. Without much to report on the rumour front aside from a trade rumour involving an unnamed Flames player that broke Saturday morning (and was subsequently quashed) and no visible progress in the search for an assistant GM, I thought I'd gauge interest in other sports that will attempt to compete for your affections in the all too lengthy absence of our beloved game.
Links after the jump.
KHL Club SKA St. Petersburgh has reportedly offered Ilya Kovalchuk a 3-year, $42M contract (which would pay him $14M/year) [Russian Hockey Fans], but Puck Daddy's Dmitry Chesnokov claims there is "no chance" of Kovalchuk going back to Russia
In other KHL news, 45-year-old Dominik Hasek has signed a one-year deal with Spartak Moscow [CBC] And now, a picture:
Chris Pronger was -5 in last night's loss to the Blackhawks, the worst single-game +/- of his career [Puck Daddy]
Despite stagnant contract negotiations, Leafs forward Nikolai Kulemin wants to stay with the Buds [The National Post]
Marian Hossa's (over) analytical agent? [Behind the Net]
More on Joel Broda's rough ride to the NHL [The Calgary Herald]
Lastly, SB Nation launched the first of twenty new regional sites today. Check out SBN Detroit, New York, Chicago, D.C., Boston, and Arizona and stay tuned for new sites popping up in the next few weeks! [SB Nation]
Have a good week everybody and try not to die of boredom as the days without hockey increase in frequency.