Clearly it must be June. The Stanley Cup gets to go back to an original six city with the Boston Bruins. The Vancouver Canucks get to be known as the unfortunate bridesmaid in this one, marred by some ugly rioting after the loss last Wednesday.
After the Stanley Cup is over, the sports section of the newspaper gets back to boring until hockey season begins again (unless you find the divorce court battle between Frank and Jamie McCourt and the Dodgers riveting news).
The only hockey activity is the fluttering of pre July 1 signings. Certainly nothing compared with free agency on July 1, but a sign of things to come.
The Anaheim Ducks have made two small signings in the lull.
Defenseman Nate Guenin was signed to a two year contract extension through the 2012-13 season. Guenin, 28, was acquired in January from the Columbus Blue Jackets and played the rest of the season with the Ducks minor league affiliate in Syracuse.
The Ducks have also signed another minor league defenseman, Sean Zimmerman, to a one year contract extension. Zimmerman, 24, was acquired in February from Boston and also played the rest of his season in Syracuse.
Expect more signings like these over the next couple of weeks, with a smattering of hockey awards mixed in. Other than that, catch up on all those other things you put off until hockey season was over.