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• Wayne Gretzky is stepping down from his role of Vice Chairman of the Oilers to be a TV analyst. [Warner Media]

Zdeno Chara on what’s next: “As far as myself and my future, I’m probably going to take a few days to talk to my family and make decisions after.” [NoVa Caps]

• If Oliver Wahlstrom can’t go in Game 6, Travis Zajac will replace him in the Islanders’ lineup. [NY Post]

• Goaltending’s been an issue, yes. But what about the lack of power play chances for the Penguins? [Pensburgh]

• Speaking of penalties, the Lightning are taking too many and giving the Panthers life with them. [Tampa Bay Times]

• Changes are needed in Calgary, but will the Flames stars be a part of them? [TSN]

• Should the Flyers pursue Dougie Hamilton this off-season? [NBC Sports Philadelphia]

• A look at parity in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs. [Sound of Hockey]

Tuukka Rask was a big reason why the Bruins found plenty of success against the Capitals. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]

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