Mar 28, 2014; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Nathan Horton (8) falls on the ice in front of Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) at Nationwide Arena. The Penguins won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

NHL News and Links - Quick Shifts: June 23rd Edition

NHL Quick Shifts is a daily series where we gather up the latest NHL news and links from the FanSided NHL blogosphere, as well as other NHL / hockey blogs.  So with that, here is today’s edition of Quick Shifts! 

Apr 30, 2014; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton (19) reacts with his teammates after game seven of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings at SAP Center at San Jose. The Kings defeated the Sharks 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

  • Chicago Blackhawks vs LA Kings: A New Dynastic War? – As Tim Lively of Blackhawk Up explains in his opening paragraph, with the departure of the Detroit Red Wings to the Eastern Conference last season, it was expected that the Chicago Blackhawks would take their place as the prime superpower in the West. However, as the results of this season proved, it is more likely that the Los Angeles Kings and the Chicago Blackhawks will wage a yearly war for the number one spot in the West. While I hate the latest trend to throw the word “dynasty” around lightly, both of these teams are the closest we have come to true dynasties in the post-lockout NHL. [ Blackhawk Up ]
  • TMMOTS 2014 NHL Mock Draft – Shameless plug alert! Our very own Chris Gay put together a great mock draft in preparation of the 2014 NHL draft. Head on over and take a look! [ TMMOTS ]
  • Nathan Horton Will Be Ready For Blue Jackets Training Camp – Nathan Horton had a rough debut season in Columbus, side-lined until January 2nd due to off season shoulder surgery and then an abdominal injury that ended his season just 36 games later. The Blue Jackets went on to make the playoffs, but due to lack of experience, were unable to overcome the Pittsburgh Penguins. Horton and his post-season experience could have been the difference maker in that series. Horton is confident he will be ready for training camp this season and Columbus will finally get a honest look at the biggest free agent acquisition from last season. [ FanSided ]
  • F*ck the San Jose Sharks – A fan base can only take so much bad news before it finally boils over. For Sharks fans, allowing the Kings to come back from a 3-0 deficit, the potential rebuild that is just starting, rumors that the team may be in financial trouble due to a bad tv deal, and firing a fan favorite broadcaster may just be too much to handle. [ Fear The Fin ]

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