Morning Skate: Wednesday, June 13

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Morning Skate: Wednesday, June 13

Zach Parise was asked multiple times during Devils breakup day if hed consider playing for the Rangers, and each time he said no way.

The Pro Hockey Talk boys get confirmation from New Jersey coach Pete DeBoer that Ilya Kovalchuk was suffering from a serious back injury during the Cup Finals.

A great piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Katie Baker painting a picture of the scene at the Staples Center immediately after the Kings won the Cup.

Kirk Luedeke lists the top New England hockey prospects with the draft around the corner, and as usual its a must read.

The Wayne Gretzky trade agreement between the Edmonton Oilers and the Los Angeles Kings has been made available online, and it doesnt come complete with the tears of Gretzky.

Marc Bergevin continues to shape the Montreal Canadiens organization with new hires and familiar old Habs names.

Now that the Los Angeles Kings have won the Cup its time for them to start thinking about singing Conn Smythe winner. Jon Quick. Yeah, Id say thats probably a good idea.

For something completely different: The past, present and future of the video game Tetris in a riveting essay.

Mike Felger: I think Zdeno Chara could be worth two 1st round picks

Mike Felger: I think Zdeno Chara could be worth two 1st round picks

Kevin Shattenkirk was traded to the Capitals for a 1st, conditional 2nd, and a prospect. Mike Felger believes if the Bruins were to trade Zdeno Chara, they might be able to get two 1st round picks.

Capitals acquire defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from Blues

Capitals acquire defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from Blues

WASHINGTON - The Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk in a trade with the St. Louis Blues.

Washington sent a 2017 first-round pick, conditional 2018 second-round pick, forward Zach Sanford and minor leaguer Brad Malone to St. Louis in the deal that also sent former Capitals goaltending prospect Pheonix Copley to the Blues.

The teams announced the deal Monday night.

Shattenkirk, 28, is set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He has 42 points on 11 goals and 31 assists this season and has 66 goals and 218 assists in 471 NHL games

He counts $4.25 million against the salary cap this season. The Blues retained 39 percent of his salary.

Shattenkirk is a right-handed-shooting defenseman who adds more depth and offense to the Capitals' blue line.