NHL News, 4/24/13

Carolina Hurricanes: I’m STAAL about it (sorry, I just couldn’t help myself). Genetics at its finest: Eric and Jordan will be joined by younger bro, Jared for tomorrow’s Hurricanes vs. Rangers game. The only thing that could make this fam-fest more fun is if Marc Staal wasn’t still injured from his brutal puck to the eye over a month ago. For those of you who are freaking out about the Canes’ jerseys (like I was), Jordan and Jared will both wear “J. Staal” on the backs of their jerseys, but with different numbers.

Ilya Bryzgalov: The Bryz we all know and love [to make fun of] is his usual zany self. Today when asked “Is it fair to say you want to be back here [in Philly] next year?” Bryz turned to look at female reporter, Lisa Hillary, gave a quick head nod and uttered “Good blouse“. Umm, should we take that as a yes?

Chicago Blackhawks: With a win over the Edmonton Oilers tonight, the Chicago Blackhawks will be awarded the 2013 Presidents’ Trophy. The last time they won it was the 1990-1991 season (the year the Pens won the Cup). I guess only time will tell if they can defeat the trophy’s curse.

2013 NHL Draft Lottery: The NHL’s 2013 draft lottery will be next Monday, 4/29 at 8 PM ET. Every non-playoff team will be in the mix to win the number 1 pick in the draft. There are lots of great players available in this year’s draft class. For more information on the draft prospects, take a look at the NHL’s Central Scouting rankings here. Sidenote: The past three years the Oilers have been awarded the number 1 pick. I understand that the selection is random, but if they get a another number 1 pick, I’m calling BS.

Toronto Maple Leafs: What is the proper way to reward loyal Toronto fans? They deserve some credit for supporting a team that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2004, right? According to Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, all they deserve is a 75% increase in ticket prices. Yeah, a ticket to the playoffs costs 75% more than a ticket to a regular season game. Yet again, it is hard to be a Leafs fan (just ask Sean McIndoe of Down Goes Brown).