In a semisweet emotional tangent, E.J. Hradek bids farewell to Mellon Arena -- all the while wishing the ultimate send-off for the Pittsburgh hockey shrine would have been a bit more suited to the proud franchise.
As the Canadiens and Penguins prepare to knuckle up in Game 7 of the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals, E.J. Hradek presents six notes -- culled from ESPN Stats & Information and Elias -- on the history of the 131 Game 7s played so far.
By trading for Chris Pronger, Philly upgraded its defense, but the move could hurt the Flyers' salary structure. Plus, E.J. Hradek weighs in on the Jay Bouwmeester deal and the impact of top picks John Tavares and Victor Hedman.