Given the events of the previous week, it would appear that avoiding arbitration has become the new trend in the NHL.
Jim Nill took over as General Manager of the Stars in April 2013 and has wasted no time in putting together a competitive roster.
With much of their roster returning next year and having won two of the last three Stanley Cups, the Los Angeles Kings are built to last.
The National Hockey League Finals feature the New York Rangers, the Los Angeles Kings, and no villains to root against.
Both clubs have finished at or near the top of their respective divisions for several consecutive seasons, yet each team has fallen short of the expectations.
The Sharks, as they are currently and have been constructed, are simply incapable of playing championship hockey.
For the Avalanche and their rookie phenomenon, Nathan MacKinnon, the sky is the limit going forward.
With Sergei Bobrovsky in the net for the Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh will have a tough series on their hands.
Antti Niemi’s performance on Wednesday might have some worried as the playoffs loom.
If players feel as though the rules will no longer protect them, it will not be long before vigilante justice reigns on the ice, and nobody wants that.