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The Chicago Blackhawks are reportedly discussing trading forward Marcus Kruger and defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk to the Vegas Golden Knights, the NHL’s newest expansion franchise. A potential trade would quality as Vegas’ pick from Chicago in the expansion draft, which is June 21 in Las Vegas at T-Mobile Arena.

The Pittsburgh Penguins score three third-period goals en route to a 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators for a 2-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday in Pittsburgh. The series takes two days off as it shifts to Nashville for Games 3 and 4. Game 3 is Saturday at Bridgestone Arena.

HAWKS

**Hawks using van Riemsdyk to bait Vegas into taking Kruger, per report (SCH)

**Prospect Robin Press will sign AHL contract for next season (SCH)

**Flat NHL salary cap would be major problem (SCH)

**Could the Hawks make a trade with Vegas to keep van Riemsdyk? (SCH)

**Ripple effect of Sharp trade still stings Hawks 2 years later (Chicago Tribune)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**Top Blues prospect Thompson took right step with AHL stint (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Boudreau weighs options after top assistant Stevens leaves (Star Tribune)

**Tale of 2 seasons for Dubnyk (Hockey Wilderness)

**Graovac struggled all season with fulfilling his role (Hockey Wilderness)

STANLEY CUP FINAL

**RECAP: Guentzel leads Penguins to 2-0 series lead over Preds (Pensburgh)

**Rexrode: Preds, Rinne in hot water now (The Tennessean)

**Subban guarantees Predators win in Game 3 (Sportsnet)

**Watch: Emrick, McGuire head to Primanti Brothers in Pittsburgh (Pensburgh)

**All charges against Predators’ catfish-throwing fan will be dropped (PHT)

NHL

**NHL Scouting Combine FAQ: What players will be put through in 2017 (Sportsnet)

**4 expensive players Vegas should consider taking in expansion (Sportsnet)

**Trading Ovechkin would be nearly impossible for MacLellan (Sportsnet)

**After down year, MacLellan wants to see adjustments in Ovechkin’s game (CSN Mid-Atlantic)

**Sabres interview Sharks assistant Boughner for head job (Buffalo News)

**Bolts trade unsigned draftee Imama to Kings (Raw Charge)

**Sabres sign prospect goalie Johansson, Petersen turning pro (Die By The Blade)

HOCKEY WORLD

**2017 NHL Draft profile: Sam Huff (SBNCH)

**2017 NHL Draft profile: Grant Mismash (SBNCH)